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Baby Massage Tips

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You now know how the power of touch and massage can strengthen your bond and help your little one’s healthy development, but you may be wondering: How do I get started?

Here are some baby massage tips and techniques to help you prepare to safely and gently massage your baby, while making sure the moment means more.

NOTE: Don't massage your baby if they're sick or if they have just been immunised - the area of the injection may still be sore.

How to Massage your Baby - JOHNSON’S® BABY

Tip 1

Choose a time when your baby is awake and alert, not too hungry or too full

Tip 2

Ensure the room is warm and lighting not too bright

Tip 3 - Baby Massage - JOHNSON’S® BABY

Have what you need ready: oil, towel, clean nappy and clothes

Tip 4

Wash your hands and remove jewelry

Tip 5

Use a safe and comfortable place to do the massage and position your baby so that they can see your face clearly

Tip 6

Before starting, take time to relax with a few full breaths — this can help your baby relax too

Tip 7 - Baby Massage - JOHNSON’S® BABY

Babies are different, changing all the time. For instance, young babies may feel more secure if most of their clothes are left on and they feel close to their parents’ body


Use a small amount of an appropriately formulated oil or lotion, like JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil. Use a small amount on your own hands — enough for your hands to glide comfortably over your baby’s skin.

For massage techniques for your baby please see:

Through massage, you can gain increased awareness of how your baby communicates. You'll learn to read their likes, dislikes, desires and emotions. You'll learn the best time for cuddling, playing and relaxing. And your relationship will grow as you and your baby will discover what is best for you both.

How To Do: Touch - Bonding with your baby - JOHNSON'S® Baby

Learn about some of the benefits of touch and massage.

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