Baby Massage Best Practices

Published September 4, 2015 by Marni Beninger

Many new parents often hear that giving your baby a massage is beneficial for your young ones but are hesitant to try it at home for fear of doing something wrong. It is a great way to soothe a relax your baby. Health professionals recommend skin-to-skin contact between parent and infant to promote attachment but now there is also increasing evidence that gentle massage helps both parents to become more sensitive, responsive and attached to their newborn.

Not unlike an adult massage, infant massage stimulates the baby’s circulatory system and benefits his/her heart rate, breathing and digestion. Research has shown that baby’s that receive regular massage gain more weight and went to sleep quicker than those that do not. This is a great activity for the father to connect to their new child or for mother’s to further their connection.

There are a few guidelines to make the process more comfortable for yourself and your baby.

Lastly, remember there is no right or wrong way to massage your child as long as you are gentle and patient with them. If you need further guidance or new idea’s, book in with one of our practitioners to learn more techniques.