While little man is not a tiny infant anymore, we went to an infant massage class today anyway. We had been many times previously, but took about a month off for the holidays. I started doing infant massage with little man when he was about 2 months old. The first few times were rough but he soon learned to love and enjoy each massage. This helped to strengthen the bond between little man and I while it was still new. We learned some gas relieving techniques which were much-needed. And, most importantly, we learned how to calm down little man. The massages make him feel secure, loved, and relaxed.
Would you like to do infant massage? If so, here’s what you need to get started:
- Baby safe oil or lotion (I use baby oil)
- Blanket to lay baby on (to make a cushioned surface that’s ok for oil to get on)
- A quiet space
- A few infant massage moves / techniques
- Time (our class runs about 30 minutes long but even 15 minutes can be great)
Here is a quick guide to infant massage moves you can do at home for you to download. (File from baby.com) If you have an infant, I encourage you to look to your local community for a nearby class. It’s great to get together with other moms and babies. It’s also nice to have a scheduled time to do infant massage since sometimes the day can get away from us and don’t always take the time.
Do you do infant massage? Or have you done it with your kids before? I’d love to know!