Power of Touch for a Happy Baby
Your little bundle of
joy has arrived. You were ready for the
sweet cuddling of a newborn, content and
never to fuss. Now your child has arrived.
But, wait, where is that contented baby? In
its wake, you have a fussy child that will
not let you rest, let alone sleep. What can
you do to turn your child into that cuddly,
gurgling bundle that you were expecting?
The power of baby massage therapy is strong.
Most babies thrive on touch. They are little
bundles of nerves and they do not have the
muscle control to move in a way to help
soothe their own little bodies. This is
where baby massage therapy comes in.
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After baby's bath, try laying the baby on
his or her tummy on a towel or soft blanket.
Grab your baby lotion and slather it on,
gently massaging your baby as you rub it in.
Gently knead the baby's muscles: shoulders,
arms, back, legs and feet. Turn your baby
over and repeat the process. You can even
work in some baby exercises such as gentle
"bicycling" moves with baby's legs. Put your
hands at baby's feet and let him or her
push. Baby will use muscles and will make
him or her stronger in the process.
Babies need input into all of their senses:
touching, smelling, hearing, tasting, and
seeing. During your massage therapy session,
most of these senses are being used. The
baby will be watching your face intensely.
He or she will be listening to what you are
saying. He or she will smell the lotion and
probably trying to get his or her fist into
While sharing this special time with your
baby, do not forget to talk or sing to your
baby. Babies are little sponges. Even if you
think it is silly to talk to your baby as if
he or she is on the same level as you, you
will be surprised when your baby suddenly
responds to your voice, or a certain phrase
or familiar song you have been sharing.
Never underestimate the intelligence of your
child. They are always learning. This is the
true beginning of your child's language
After baby massage therapy, sit back and
enjoy how relaxed your baby can be. Before
long, your baby and you will be fast asleep.
A relaxed baby is a happy baby!
Please be aware that
the articles on this site are written by
mothers who are discussing their own
experiences and their own opinions. They do
not, and are not meant to, represent
professional advice and should be read with
that point firmly in mind. Our children’s
welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the
slightest doubt about any aspect of caring
for a child you are urged to seek qualified,
specialist advice from a professional
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