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    Baby Massage Tips

    Birth of a newborn is an exciting scenario for parents! After the birth, baby massage becomes a priority. Baby massage is a childcare practice, which has been started by our ancestors. Massaging the baby regularly makes the bones stronger. Research shows that baby massage is extremely important for each and every child; as also helps the child to grow and become healthy.



    Baby massage is a practice followed by us since ages. Massage is an integral part in the life of newborn babies. One can start massaging the baby only after they are capable of handling them. In the initial stage one should start with small sessions and later when the baby gets use to it they can increase the time of these body massage sessions. Baby massage is useful for the overall development of premature babies. Baby massage is of great help; it indeed makes the baby very active, alert and healthy.

    Baby massage has its own set of advantages. It builds a stronger bond between parent and child. Baby massage not only gives the baby love and security; but it also helps the parent to be familiar with baby's visual signs and actions. Baby massage relaxes the baby and helps them to get a good, sound sleep. Massaging the baby improves the digestive system and helps them to pass gas. A good oil massage helps them to be more flexible and even increases the blood circulation.


    How to Massage Your Baby


    Baby massage has its own benefits and is very easy to perform. One may experience the baby gaining weight, becoming healthy and increased growth because of massage. Here are a few tips to give a good massage to your baby.

    Remove the accessories, before you start massaging the baby. Baby skin is very soft and delicate; hence the bracelets and finger rings might hurt the child. Also cut your nails as long nails may be harmful for the baby.

    Well one should start the massage by rubbing the oil on the baby's body. But before doing that one should keep all the necessary things ready like baby massage oil, tissues, towel, diapers and fresh clothes. One can use vegetable oil, almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil or any other good baby oil available in market for massaging the baby. You should consult your doctor to find which oil will suit the needs of your little wonder.

    Place a carpet on the surface where you will be massaging the baby. On the carpet spread a towel which is soft and furry, so that the baby feels comfortable. Remove the clothes of baby and put him on the carpet with his face-up.


    Now start the massage by applying the baby massage oil. Do not forget to warm this oil, as applying warm oil is of great help in the whole process of massaging. Make sure that the oil is not too warm.


    Take little-little oil in hands and apply it on baby's body. Like if you are starting the massage from hands, then apply oil on that hand, then massage that area and then go to the next body part.

    Give smooth and gentle strokes. But at the same time, the strokes must be firm and do it with the help of your palm and fingers or may be with your thumb most of the time.

    The strokes must be soft and light; especially when the movements are on the chest and the stomach. The movement on the chest and stomach should be circular.


    When we are massaging arms and legs, then there should be . While massaging the back and the rest of the baby's body, and then there should be upward movement.

    You should always take care and not put much pressure on baby's body; especially the spine area and the neck area. The neck area is very delicate and can easily get hurt.

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    Re: Baby Massage Tips

    • Maintain eye contact with the baby and sing songs or lullaby for the infant.
    • Basically keep him engaged with you and at the same time make him enjoy the massage. Initially, the baby might cry when you are massaging him, make sure that later he enjoys the massage.
    • Do not stop the massage suddenly. Slowly and steadily stop the massage. If stopped suddenly then the child might get scared and start crying.
    • After the massage is done then make him take a bath with warm water. One should take towel, dip it in warm water and then make baby take a sponge bath.
    • After the bath, one should clean the baby with dry towel and then put powder around his body. After that one should put diaper and then make him wear his clothes. Cuddle him for sometime and let him go to sleep.
    • Do not wake up the child specially for doing massaging. Do not do baby feeding after or before the massage, or when the baby is not well. Do not massage the baby at the places where they have got injections or vaccines as it might hurt them.


    Thus, doing the massage appropriately and with proper steps is extremely important. One should always follow the correct steps while doing baby massage. Baby massage helps to improve the immune system and also helps to improve the skin colour of the baby. Baby massage is extremely important and you can continue it till the time the baby is three to four years old. This is because; there are a lot of benefits of baby massage. Research has proved that baby massage is beneficial when you do it on a regular basis. Hence, baby massage should be a part of daily activity for baby.


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    Benefits of Massage

    Massaging has many benefits. A good massage acts as great bonding time between the mother and the baby. Massaging helps in growth and development of the baby. It strengthens the bones. Read on to know more about the benefits of massage.

    Introduction
    The sense of touch has been detected in human embryos less than eight weeks old. At this stage, the foetus is less than an inch long and has no eyes or ears, but its skin is highly sensitive. Floating in the amniotic fluid, the foetus is accustomed to tactile stimulation. As the contractions of the womb become stronger, they rhythmically squeeze and push the baby.

    How does massage benefit premature babies
    In a study conducted at the University of Miami Medical Center, twenty premature babies were massaged thrice a day for fifteen minutes each. Results showed that they averaged 47% greater weight gain per day, were more active and alert, and showed more mature neurological development than infants that were not massaged. In addition, their stay in the hospital averaged six days less.

    Can massage help to alleviate stress in babies
    Emerging from the security of her mother's womb, a baby finds the world a vast and bewildering place. Everything is strange and unfamiliar. Adjusting to her new surrounding and responding to sensory stimuli can be quite a stressful experience for a baby. Like all other things, a massage is also a new experience for the baby. It helps the baby to practice handling input and responding to it with relaxation. While a massage brings with it new sights, sounds and smells, it is made pleasurable by comforting physical contact and a soothing voice.

    Can massage be a way of bonding with my baby
    Touch plays a key role in human bonding — whether it is between mother and child, lovers or friends. Infant massage is probably the most basic method of bonding for parents and children. Massaging your baby gives you a chance to get intimate with her body language, the way her body looks and feels, and familiarize yourself with her response to stimuli. A daily massage is a powerful tool that helps to maintain and strengthen affectionate bonds between the parents and the baby.



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    Re: Baby Massage Tips

    Preparing for a massage


    Massaging the baby should be a daily ritual for the baby. A baby can be massaged any time of the day. A good oil massage followed by a warm bath is recommended as it soothe the baby and promotes sound sleep. Bathing after a massage has a calming effect on the baby.


    When is the best time to massage my baby


    There is no fixed time for massaging your baby. Initially you will have to go through a phase of trial and error to find a time that suits both you and the baby. Some babies will enjoy a massage in the morning after they have been fed and are ready for the day. Some babies like a massage either before or after their naps. If your baby is tired, but not too cranky in the evening, a massage may help her sleep. In the early months, a is to massage the baby and then give her a warm bath. By the time she is six months old, a massage may work better after a bath, when she is tired and ready for a nap.



    How should I position myself to massage the baby


    Your back should be straight and you can either sit on the floor or the bed or stand before a table. The cross-legged position is ideal as it allows movement, rhythm and maintains the proper distance between you and the baby. Always massage in a warm, quiet place.



    What oils should I use


    Oil helps your hands glide smoothly over your baby's delicate skin. It is advisable to use cold-pressed fruit and/or rather than mass-produced baby oils. Commercially produced oils are believed to dry the skin and clog the pores. If your baby were to put her hand in her mouth, you do not want to worry that a non-food substance is being introduced into your baby's digestive system, which might happen with mineral oils. However, there are produced by companies like Johnson & Johnson whose products utilize medicinal grade mineral oil, which meets established standards for purity and safety.


    In India, mothers use mustard oil to massage babies in the winter and coconut oil in the summer. Apricot and almond oil are smooth, light and easily absorbed. 'Cold pressed' oils are preferable i.e. oils that are extracted only by means of pressure, without using heat or solvents that may destroy natural nutrients in the oil. Unscented oils are the best.

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    Re: Baby Massage Tips

    Should known by evry mothers. Pics illannaa yaethaavathu viedo attachment irunthaa join pannu deeps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rifan View Post
    Should known by evry mothers. Pics illannaa yaethaavathu viedo attachment irunthaa join pannu deeps.
    hey, nalla idea da... Will search and attach

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepa bala View Post
    hey, nalla idea da... Will search and attach
    Deepu kanna thanks da pics add panninathukku.

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    Re: Baby Massage Tips

    Deepu solla maranthitten da. Anga soudi la johnson baby full set um vaanginaa kooda baby massaging CD freeya thaaraanga pola. Video naan paarthen pa. Unkitta iruntha podu. illanna naan try panni paakkiran chellam

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    Quote Originally Posted by rifan View Post
    Deepu solla maranthitten da. Anga soudi la johnson baby full set um vaanginaa kooda baby massaging CD freeya thaaraanga pola. Video naan paarthen pa. Unkitta iruntha podu. illanna naan try panni paakkiran chellam
    Hey, yes pa.. enkitta irukku. But not here...India la irukku nu ninaikaraen. nalla irukkum.. try pannu pa..naanum irukanu paarkaraen.


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    Re: Baby Massage Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by rifan View Post
    Deepu kanna thanks da pics add panninathukku.
    Welcome dear.. nee solli seyama irupaena? end la video kooda add pannirukaen.. pathiya?


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