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Postnatal Baby Massage

Introduction

Postnatal Baby massage is a lovely time for a mother to enjoy time with her baby and moreover, it can also help her establish a bond with the baby. As the babies are not able to talk or understand us talking, the best way to communicate and comfort them is through touch.

For example when a baby cries, Parents will hold, cuddle or stroke them to stop it. Baby massage is a part of this natural impulse.

What Is Baby Massage?

Baby massage is a gentle, rhythmic stroking of the baby's body using hands. As part of a massage routine, baby's ankles, wrists and fingers are manipulated. Singing or softly humming to the baby will help the baby calm down.

Benefits of Baby Massage

  • Improves bonding and attachment to the mother
  • Building confidence in handling the baby
  • Reduces crying and emotional distress
  • Improves baby’s coordination and muscle tone
  • Stimulates baby’s digestion and helps to relieve discomfort
  • Developing better communication between mother and baby.
  • Improves baby’s sleep.
  • Strengthens the baby’s digestive system and reduces symptoms of wind and constipation.

Apart from all this, it is also good for the mothers, as this bonding will help to relieve the tension and depression. Massage is beneficial for all babies over six weeks, and more particularly for special needs like Down's syndrome and Cerebral palsy, by providing a unique way of communicating with and soothing them. Massage also stimulates growth and development so it can help premature babies to develop physically as well.

List of oils

Baby massaging requires some lubricants so as to make the strokes friction free. Baby powders and certain oils are always used for the same. In oils, we can use the following:

  • Coconut oil
  • Mineral oils or petroleum-based ointments 
  • Mustard oil 
  • Olive oil 
  • Sunflower oil  Vegetable oils high in polyunsaturated fats 

 

 

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