My Baby – Week 17

This week, your baby is actively interacting with her world. Reaching for people and things is now a fairly common behavior. She may enjoy interacting with people whom she is familiar with just as much as interacting with a new acquaintance for the first time.

Baby Massage

You may have heard of other parents, or healthcare providers (such as doulas), interacting and bonding with babies through baby massage; but, what is it? And what are the benefits?

Baby massage is a great way for you to bond with your baby. By setting aside time to gently massage your baby, you can promote relaxation, ease any pain from colic, aid digestion, and lessen constipation.

If you decide that baby massage is something you would like to try, pick a time that is convenient for both you and your baby, so that you are both relaxed and calm. You also want to be sure to wait at least 30 minutes after your child has eaten. Make sure the room isn’t too chilly and find a safe, comfortable surface to lay your child on. Some massage therapists recommend your baby go sans diaper. If you are concerned this will be too messy, don’t worry – just leave the diaper on.

If your child is fussy and it seems like he doesn’t want to cooperate, don’t get frustrated. It is just something you will have to try another time. Also, if he tries to roll around and change positions, let him! Try to work in whatever position he is most comfortable in. Remember, this is supposed to be a relaxed and special time for both you and your child.

The massage will move gently from head to toes, and you will work with soft gentle touches on her head, face, shoulders, arms, chest, stomach, legs, and finally feet. In the smaller areas, like feet or hands, you will be using your fingertips; on larger areas you will be using the palm of your hand.

Though there are many different techniques to massage your baby, below you will find a nice, basic technique to begin with.

With your baby lying on his stomach, gently rub your hands back and forth six times on each on the following areas:

  • From the top of your baby’s head to her neck
  • From her neck across her shoulders
  • From his upper back to his waist
  • From his thigh, to his foot, and back to his thigh, on each leg
  • From her shoulder, to her hand, and back to her shoulder, on each arm

Remember to be gentle and to warm your hands by rubbing them together quickly. Some parents choose to use lotion or oil. It’s your choice, but be sure it is gentle enough for a baby’s skin. Also, let your baby be your guide. If she signals that she doesn’t like a particular movement by scrunching up her face or trying to move away, it’s best to stop and move on to a different area, or to try a more gentle touch.

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  1. Avatar of LaCheryl LaCheryl says:

    I’m so happy my baby sleeps through the night! At two months I started bathing him around 8 p.m (prior to then I NEVER sound proofed (t.v., radio, phone) the house until bedtime) . I would give him a nice warm bath, warm his blanket and his towel in the dryer or microwave, lotion/massage him down, read a book, and wether he was sleep or not I would put him in his crib. At 8, that’s when I would make everything quiet. And as of today…I pratically have to wake him up to give him a bath if I’m more then 10-15 mins past 8 p.m!!!

  2. Avatar of srikanth srikanth says:

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  3. Avatar of srikanth srikanth says:

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  4. Avatar of Amy Amy says:

    I massage after bathe

  5. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    Hmm… I usually put lotion on her after a bath. I should try the massage.

  6. Avatar of Kasia Kasia says:

    My little one loves when I rub her! She knows its part of our routine after bath and has a huge smile on her face, when she sees baby lotion in my hands. I love it too!

  7. Avatar of Tasha Tasha says:

    I love doing the baby massage, I have foun the best time for us and he settled the most is bath time.

  8. Avatar of Melody Melody says:

    My little girl has had bouts of infant eczema, and she’s just loved it when I whip out the doctor-approved lotion (Eucerin) and give her a little massage. I love it too!

  9. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    thank you for this post, my little man doesn’t seem to like it right now, perhaps if i keep at it he will

  10. Avatar of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    Great idea! So far I’ve been massaging his shoulder and thighs while I sing to him. He loves it!

  11. Avatar of DANA DANA says:

    My 3 year old loves to have his back rubbed with lavender oil before bedtime..it’s so sweet! And he zonks out soon after that. Will start trying on my 3 month old soon with a milder oil (any suggestions?)

  12. Avatar of corie corie says:

    My daughter didn’t like to be rubbed at first then I started rubbing her legs and feet while feeding… her favorite thing to do! Now she loves is. W
    If I don’t rub her feet she pulls them up in search of my hands. Loves to be loves on now.

  13. Avatar of Kate Kate says:

    My baby is 3 and a half months and loves to be massaged. I made it part of our bedtime routine. I talk or sing to him as I massge him on his changing table. I then change him into his bed clothes. We have been doing this since he was 3 wks old and it calms him down when he is tired and gets him ready for bedtime.

  14. Avatar of Jessica Jessica says:

    My daughter doesn’t like massage just like us rubbing her when we put lotion on her otherwise she hates it

  15. Avatar of Leeana Leeana says:

    I am going to try this with my baby, I made an attempt previously but she didnt seem to enjoy so well try again

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