Baby massage is a way to keep your baby healthy and relaxed. It can help with colic because the baby becomes so relaxed during the procedure he or she starts burping or passing gas.
You can pay for a professional baby massage therapist to massage your child for you but it makes more sense to simply do it yourself. There are many videos online on Youtube showing you different baby massage techniques and there are also many how-to articles online and books available about the topic. Why miss such a great opportunity to relate to your baby.
Usually baby massage involves rubbing your infant’s leg with a gently twisting motion from the diaper area down to the ankle and rubbing the baby’s arms and hands in the same manner. The belly should be rubbed in a clockwise motion and the body stroked from the ribs to the pelvis. Rubbing the baby’s back also makes him or her smile and feel more contented.
Benefits of baby massage include helping your baby to sleep better, enhanced muscle tone, improved circulation and improved nervous system development. Babies also experience increased awareness of the world and are healthier psychologically if they experience a great deal of skin-to-skin contact.
The benefits for the parents are more verbal and emotional connections including increased eye contact and enhanced communication with baby. Baby massage can also help you understand your baby’s cries and cues more. Some doctors and midwives recommend that mothers suffering from postpartum depression massage their babies as feeling emotional disconnect form the child is part of the problem.