Greater balance, well-being, and relaxation: baby massage makes this possible. But are there special things to consider with babies? Should I use oil or not? We have put together the most important information for you!
Even newborns have a fine sense of touch and perceive their environment in this way. They can tell if they are being held by mom, dad, or a stranger. The acts of holding, cuddling, and stroking strengthen the small body, awaken the senses, and also promote positive psychological development. Studies show that baby massage strengthens the bond between mother and baby. This is particularly important because a good relationship has a lasting effect on a child's character and behavior.
Cuddles are particularly good for babies when they are going through difficult phases, for example with digestive problems or when teething. Even in newborns, positive effects on development are evident. In the first three months of life, many children suffer from so-called infant colic (" three-month colic"). A gentle massage can help to alleviate the discomfort.
As soon as the navel has healed well, newborns can be massaged daily – usually around 4 weeks after birth.
Full and well rested babies gain maximum pleasure from the massage. About one hour before or after a meal or after a bath is the ideal time for this.
1) Create a pleasant atmosphere: 73.4-78.8°F is the optimum room temperature.
In order to perfectly relax your baby, it is advisable to consult trained baby massage specialists before massaging your baby for the first time. Depending on your area, these may be pediatricians, pediatric nurses, specialists trained in baby massage (course instructors), or midwives. This way you can make sure that every motion hits the spot.
Important: to avoid accidents, never leave your baby unattended even for a moment, for example when massaging baby on a changing unit.
After the massage, a warm microwaveable grain pillow, for example, can extend the spa session. You can wrap your little one in a soft blanket or a towel and have a post-massage cuddle afterwards. Intimate time for two is guaranteed, and colic complaints are quickly forgotten!
Sources: Babyjahre, Remo H. Largo, Piper Verlag, Munich/Berlin, new edition 2017, p. 75