If you are trying to send your little one to a dram valley or if trying to ease his gassy belly, a gentle massage can work wonders. You are not the only one who wants to have a soothing body rub; your little munchkin also loves it. Gentle laying of hands is very soothing for infants. The simple explanation is when a baby is born, the sense of touch is the most developed one even at birth.
Infant massages are even backed by science, as several research pieces have shown the benefits of massage helping in growth. A loving foot massage can help you and your baby to bond in the cutest way possible.
How does Infant Foot Massage help?
Every part of the baby’s body can be massaged to help them soothe and ease discomfort. Massaging the feet is helpful for many conditions. Reflexology experts are firm believers that the feet are connected to the rest of the body. This is why the gentle massage on the feet has effects on other parts of the body.
Do you know massaging the toes of infants can reduce head and teeth pains? If your baby is cranky due to the teething process, you should try giving them a quick toe massage; it might help them sleep. The sole, when massaged, under the pad soothes the upper abdominal area. The sole, above the heel, when massaged gently soothes the lower abdominal area. Pelvic discomfort can be eased by massaging the heel of your baby’s foot.
Massage Tips For Infants
As a parent, you need to be mindful of a few things before you start to massage actively.
The Cues From Babies
Most babies enjoy massages, but sometimes they might not be in the mood. If you feel they are agitated or pull away at your touch or squirms away, you should try a different time for a massage.
Sometimes babies allow to massage some parts of the body but show signs of tiredness as you move to other parts. It is completely alright, and you should stop. Try resuming at some other time. Massage time should never be forced on the babies as it can make them agitated, and they may start to cry as soon as they sense you are about to give them a message.
Apply The Right Pressure
Babies are tough, and it is not a myth, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to be careful when massaging them. The touch should be firm enough to provide all the benefits of therapeutic rubbing. At the same time, your touch needs to be gentle enough not to irritate the tiny body.
Comfort Should Be The Priority
The massage is most beneficial when the baby and caregiver are both warm and comfortable. Infants should not get too cold or too hot during a massage. Always choose a place that is soft for the baby and easy to reach for you.
You can use an infant’s changing table, a blanket on the floor, or your bed to give the tiny human a good massage. Edible oils like olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, or avocado oil can be used as well. You can also play relaxing music when it is massage time to make it more fun.
Make It A Daily Routine
Try to pick a time that is suitable for both you and the baby and stick to it every day. When you have a set time, the baby would expect it and enjoy it. There is no best time that anyone could tell you.
A good idea would be to choose a time of the day when you are not in a rush. Don’t try to squeeze in the slot between cooking dinner or when the washer is on. Don’t go for a massage when a baby is too full or too hungry. Remember, massages are to make the baby relax and not cry.
Every baby is a different human being, and what might have worked with your firstborn may not work with the second one. Try to understand your kiddo and adjust because let’s be honest; these little troublemakers are not going to adjust according to our plans!