Baby massage has been practiced since ancient times. It can be as simple as a gentle rub with lotion after a bath or a more practiced infant massage. The benefits are many for both baby and parent.
by Arindam Chattopadhyaya
Babies, too, like a massage, and it helps them to relax, sleep better, and sometimes, digest their food. Strokes that are used to massage an adult can be used on babies. You need to learn by practice what your child enjoys most.
Some points to remember while massaging your baby:
- He/she will not stay still for long periods of time
- The strokes will have to be gentle, and smaller to adapt to the baby's body
- Depending on the age, the child can be placed in your lap or on a floor towel during the massage