Many countries have used massage as part of baby care for centuries, and research shows that baby massage can have numerous benefits. Not only does massage enable you to learn about and respond to your baby’s body language. But it is also a wonderful way to make your baby feel safe and secure by showing that he or she is loved and cared for. Baby massage is simple, free, can be administered almost anywhere and has a host of emotional and physical benefits for both parents and baby. A ten minute massage, two or three times a week assists in strengthening the parent-infant relationship, babies love it and it can assist in improving baby ailments too.
There are no hard and fast rules for baby massage, other than to ensure you are doing it safely. Your baby and you will discover together what works best for you both. Please keep in mind that massage is something you do with your infant, not to your infant. So it is highly recommended you seek information and training on massage methods from a qualified baby massage therapist, midwife, or other healthcare professional to ensure you are doing it safely.