Babies Love a Good Massage

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


You may have heard the term colic applied to any baby who cries a great deal. Not all crying babies have colic, but all colicky babies cry and they cry hard. They may stiffen their little bodies, or curl up as if in pain.