Indian Baby Massage Tips

Baby massage has been a tradition in many communities for centuries. It is believed that regular massage help preemies to gain weight reduce colic in infants.

*Baby's skin is very soft and bracelet, rings and long nails might hurt your child accidentally. So keep your fingernails short and keep aside the jewellery pieces you wear on hands when you are massaging the baby.

*Make sure that your palms are warm. Aromatherapy oils for adults may not be suitable for the baby.

*It is a good practice to keep all things you ready before you start rubbing the oil on the baby's body. This includes, the baby massage oil or the vegetable oil, tissues, clean diapers and clothes.

*Spread a changing mat or a soft towel on a flat surface and undress the baby. Put the baby down with his or her face up.

*Rub only about half-a-teaspoon of oil at a time on your palms so they glide easily on the baby's body. You can apply more oil later as needed.

*Use smooth, gentle but firm strokes with your palm or fingers. Light circular movements on chest and stomach, stroking across the shoulders, downward movement on the arms and legs and upward movements on the back are the best.

*Do not put too much pressure on the baby's fragile body and avoid the spine area. *Keep the baby engaged while massaging him or her by talking or singing to the infant.

*Eye contact with the baby ensures him or her of your undivided attention.

*Sudden break in contact of your hands may cause alarm to the baby, take care to be gentle while stopping the massage.

*Do not oil baby's palms or fingers as these little ones tend to put them in their mouths or eyes often and this may cause them irritation.

*Wrap the baby in a clean and warm towel after the massage and cuddle him or her.

*Do not massage the baby just before or after feeding, or when the baby is ill. *Do not wake the baby up for a massage.

*Avoid rashes, wounds or areas where the baby has got his injections or vaccines as it may hurt.