Baby Massage Guide: Six Weeks Plus
At six weeks, your baby is starting to become even more responsive, they may be more settled and ready for a fuller massage, giving you even more opportunities to bond and engage with their senses, making massage mean more.
Massage is a great way to communicate together and introduce fun and play. Here are additional strokes to add to your massage routine.
‘I Love You’ on the tummy
Begin with a resting hand.
- Make a single downward stroke with your right hand on the left side of your baby’s tummy (your right).
- Make a backward, sideways ‘L’, going from your baby’s right to left side.
- Make an upside down ‘U’, going from your baby’s lower right side, up, across and down the left side of baby’s tummy. Say the words ‘I love you’ as you go through the strokes.
With both hands at the center of your little ones chest, stroke out to the sides as if you were flattening the pages of a book. Keeping contact with your baby, glide your hands down, around and meeting in the center again.
Touch relaxation can be used at any age and at any time during the massage. Sometimes babies can hold a lot of tension in their bodies and this technique on the arms and legs encourages your baby to relax.
Gently mold your hands around your baby’s arm or leg, asking your baby to relax. Using a calm voice repeat the word ”relax.” When you feel your baby responding, reward your little one with positive feedback, a smile and a kiss.
This is a great way to show your baby how to relax their hands. Using the pads of your thumbs gently open their hand, roll each tiny finger between your index finger and thumb and finally stroke the top of the hand from the wrist to the fingertips.
Babies mirror your movements and expressions. It is a lovely moment to make eye contact and have a happy time together. Make small circles along your baby’s jaw with your fingertips.
Lay your baby on their front, start with both hands together at the top of baby's back, at right angles to the spine. Move your hands back and forth, in opposite directions, going down the back to the bottom, then up to the shoulders, and back down again. Then swoop your hand from their neck all the way down to baby's feet.
Through massage, you can gain increased awareness of how your baby communicates and ideas on ways to support your baby in their first few months. You and your baby will discover what is best for you both. It is important to be mindful that massage is something you do with, rather than to, your baby.
Bonding through massage
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