For many, massage is a way to relax and relieve stress and tension. One of its many benefits is that it enhances your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being. It's no different for your baby. Research has proven that massaging your baby at least once a day improves their health and development.
This natural affinity with touch begins during pregnancy, when many mums stroke their bellies instinctively to connect with their baby, or to soothe the first cry at birth.
Massage is not only a wonderful opportunity for you and your partner to bond with your baby but it holds many benefits for you all. Massage will soothe and calm both you and your baby, settling heart rates and breathing. The ingredients in Nature's Touch Baby Massage Oil have been specifically selected to relax, soothe and aid restful sleep and digestion.
Here are a few helpful answers to questions you may have about getting started.
When can I start to massage my baby?
In certain cultures, baby massage traditionally starts within the first few days of birth. However, your baby's skin is different to adult skin. It is much thinner and more delicate and may need time to adapt to life outside the womb. That is the reason why some experts recommend waiting until your baby is 10-14 days old before starting massage.
When is the best time to massage my baby?
There are no set rules for this as you know your baby better than anyone else, so pick a time that suits you both. You can massage your baby at any time of the day, but choosing a time between feeds, when your baby is awake but settled, is recommended. You don't want that feed revisiting you! Pick a routine that works for you, but after a bath and before a feed works well.
How do I massage my baby?
There are many different ways to massage your baby and you don't always have to massage the whole body each time. You may prefer to concentrate on one area such as feet or tummy.
Here are a few basic instructions to get to started. Using your fingertips and gentle stroking movements start at the crown of your baby's head and down the sides of the face (avoiding the eye area). Apply a little more oil to your hands and using long stroke down the length of your baby's back, legs and arms. Repeat this action 3-4 times. Use gentle clockwise, circular movements on your baby's tummy will aid digestion and soothe any discomfort. Holding both feet at the ankles, massage the foot bottom using the pads of your thumbs.
Remember when you have finished your massage cover your baby with a warm, soft blanket or towel and allow them to rest quietly for as long as they want.
How do I choose the right oil for my baby?
Your baby's skin is so delicate that it is vital to choose your massage oil carefully. You should avoid products that contain harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances. You should be wary of using products that contain essential oils as it is not recommended to use these on babies under 3 months of age. Try and use natural oils that are rich in nutrients that help keep skin soft and supple.
Natures Touch baby massage oil is infused with botanicals that are safe and gentle on your baby's skin. Vegan friendly. Nut oil free. Also containing no essential oils making it safe to use on your baby's skin from birth. https://naturestouch.co.nz/products/baby-massage-oil?variant=39048812178