Age: baby, parent
Skill for Bub: Muscle builder, Mind builder
Infant massage is a great activity in which you bond with your baby. Learn how to do it right!
Infant massage is not only a great way for you to connect with your baby, but also may contribute to the development of secure, self-confident children. Research supports the fact that a loving touch is necessary for the proper physical and psychological development of children. Experts say that massaged infants are more active and gain weight faster. In addition, massage releases muscular tension created by motor skills acquisition, may calm anxious babies and relieve symptoms of colic, contributes to brain and motor development, and supports learning appropriate posture and movement patterns. Here are the keys to infant massage:
- Turn the lights on low, and put on relaxing music that your baby enjoys.
- Use an edible oil, such as olive oil, and warm your hands together.
- Slowly massage one body part at a time: back, shoulders, arms, legs and feet.
- If you massage too fast, this can over-stimulate and cause fussiness.
- Sing or hum slowly, with a soft voice.
- Also try gently holding her feet in your hands and singing to Baby.
- Slowly massaging the baby’s head in circular motions with just the palm of your hand (no oil) is also very soothing.
See Tummy Time for another great activity.