Baby Massage by Alan Heath

By Alan Heath

Put aside the day-by-day chores and use this easy-to-follow consultant to spend particular time together with your baby. To a child contact is speak, and during those soothing and stress-free thoughts you and your baby can proportion essentially the most pleasurable and communicative moments. There are 4 chapters masking key concepts, daily care, therapeutic massage for various age teams and easing universal difficulties. therapeutic massage will find the money for you a extra intimate strategy to convenience, nurture and sit back your child.

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Make sure you stop baby is in her nightwear, lie her down in her before she actually falls asleep. STROKING THE TUMMY If your baby is lying on her back, she may enjoy a gentle tummy massage. Place your hand, palm downwards, on her abdomen. Move your hand in circles in a clockwise direction, stroking her with your fingers and the entire surface of your palm. Keep the pressure very light, reducing it gently as she becomes more relaxed and sleepy, until you are hardly touching her at all. If you are holding and cuddling your baby while she falls asleep, massage her head and face gently.

The touch needs to be gentle but firm – too light a touch may be unpleasant and over-stimulating. Before you start the massage warm some oil in your hands. For each new body part, begin by placing your hand on that area and ask your baby if you can massage him. After each stroke, stop and observe how he reacts to it. Watch out for stress cues and no cues (see page 64). If he cries, use still hands to offer comfort and reassurance. If you respond to his cues and start a little at a time, the massage programme will build up and your baby will soon anticipate and enjoy the massage.

Mothers learn the techniques from their own mothers or mothers-in-law. There is often no set routine. Mothers start on the areas their baby likes best and work towards what is least enjoyed. Massage strokes and stretches are very like those shown in Key Techniques (see pages 18–39), and they have similar benefits. Once you are comfortable, place your baby on your lap in either of the positions shown here. Begin with the one that allows you to perform your baby’s favourite strokes, then move on to the other.

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