Basics of Infant Massage

With just a few essential oils, some nimble fingers, and some one-on-one time, baby massage is a wonderful way to bond with your child.

Grasping the basics of baby massage is simple. With just a few essential oils, some nimble fingers, and some one-on-one time, baby massage is a wonderful way to bond with your child.

Make a simple baby massage oil by adding two drops of lavender and two drops of rose oil to one ounce of sweet almond or grapeseed oil. If your baby has a fussy period in the day, massage her half an hour before that period; to aid her digestion, massage her a half an hour after a feeding.

Get a soft towel and sit outside or near a sunny window. Lay the towel on the ground, or over your lap. Place your naked baby on the towel. Gently, but firmly, massage her stomach in a clockwise motion with your fingertips. Do this with baby’s legs outstretched as well as with her knees bent. Then move to the baby’s shoulders, head, face, hands, and feet.

Turn your baby over and massage her back, using the gentle clockwise motion described above.

Wrap your baby up in a big towel when you’re done. Wipe off excess oil and dress your baby warmly.

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