QV Baby

Massaging your baby

As a parent, touch is one of the main ways we can communicate with our baby. Baby massage is a great way to form a bond between you and your baby. It also has many other benefits like helping them to develop healthy sleep patterns, improving circulation and aiding digestive function1. Massage can last as long as you and your baby are comfortable and happy, so just relax and try not to watch the clock during this time 2. Most importantly enjoy the special bonding experience and be assured you’re helping to nurture a happy baby.

Step by step guide to massaging your baby

  1. Find a quiet time and space each day to perform baby massage.
  2. Before beginning a massage, baby should be making eye contact showing you that they are ready to receive massage.
  3. To perform massage, use a high quality moisturiser such as QV Baby Moisturising Cream or QV Baby Skin Lotion to help protect delicate skin and moisturise for 24 hours.
  4. Baby massage should begin on the legs and move to the buttocks, abdomen, chest, arms, face, head and then the back.
  5. Massage the abdomen in a clockwise motion from left to right; this will help with colic, wind and constipation.
Reference
1. Baby Centre: Massaging your baby [Internet] 2016 [updated 2014 May; cited 2016 February 10]. Available from: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1042915/massaging-your-baby
2. Infant Massage Information Services [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2016 February 2]. Available from: http://www.babymassage.net.au/getting-started.html