As a new parent, one of the main things you want to achieve is a happy baby- and it’s little wonder why! Babies can’t communicate their wants and needs until they are around 6 months old, so before that all they can do is cry to alert you to the fact that they need something. And it’s up to you to figure out what it is and how to give it to them. Luckily, a baby’s needs tend to be fairly basic at first- being warm, fed and loved usually tops the bill for most. And in our quest to provide that love and warmth, we parents tend to look for ways that we can help our babies to understand that they can trust in us to meet their needs. This is where baby massage plays an important role. By gently massaging your baby’s body you are not only focusing all your energy on your baby, but you are showing love, providing warmth and even alleviating pain, stresses and anxieties too. What better way to end the day after a warm bath? We are huge advocates of baby massage (see this post from Mumma Love on the wonders of baby massage) and so today we’re bringing you some more information and advice, this time from Helen at New Stork Times. Please do let us know in the comments if you have any questions at all.
Helen Pritchard, founder of New Stork Times, is an experienced holistic therapist, infant massage instructor and mum of two.
Helen has found the Cuddledry baby towel the perfect addition to her baby massage classes…
Baby massage, Cuddledry towel – A perfect bedtime routine
Around the night time bath is often a good time to give baby a massage, as this helps to relax both you and baby ready for a good night’s sleep.
Babies need to feel secure, and a Cuddledry towel wrapped around the baby after bathing makes them feel safe and warm. It’s while they’re in this comfortable state that an infant massage can be of most benefit.
Baby massage has many purposes, not least of which is the fact that it helps you to bond with your baby in the early months. Bonding is essential as it will form the close relationship with your child that will last a lifetime.
A small baby soon learns that bedtime routine means experiencing pleasurable and comforting times with a parent. Massaging helps baby to relax, but it also aids waste elimination and calms the digestion. By massaging you are helping to boost the immune system, and increase blood circulation.
Bathing at the same time every night also makes the infant associate this with bedtime. The stimulation of the bath will encourage baby to stay awake whilst taking the bedtime drink, and then go happily to bed.
By slowly and gently massaging your baby whilst he’s surrounded by his Cuddledry towel, the feeling of security will imbed itself in your child’s mind. This will inevitably lead to a happy and relaxed baby.
Colic will gradually subside as the massaging helps the body to discharge the build up of wind in the intestines. The benefits of a good bedtime routine, and massage, will make the baby months a happy and relaxing time for all the family.
Find out more about Helen and New Stork Times on her website.