I was wondering about baby massage. Has anyone used this and if so does it really work?

Crystal - posted on 11/26/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I heard about doing massages for your newborn. I am just curious on who used it and if it is beneficial in any way?

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Anna - posted on 11/28/2009

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yeah! it's really great, very relaxing, baby just lays there enjoying (once they've gotten used to it, of course) good to incorporate in a routine, like after bath time....do the "milking" massage for the legs, and arms....the hand over hand for the tummy, same w/ the back, then just quickly and lightly over the face. Make sure to keep the area you are NOT working on covered, or baby will get cold and uncomfortable and will start to fuss. when finished, pj's, nursing (or bottle if you aren't nursing) then to bed! (this is what we do anyway :0) )

Iysha - posted on 11/28/2009

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You rub one leg, then the other, then one arm and then the other and then the chest going from middle outward and then the tummy. If you want to do the back, you flip the baby over and rub the back of the legs and then down the back. For the tummy, just rib in circles. Then when you are all done, run your fingers down their body and that is supposed to signal that it is finished.

Iysha - posted on 11/28/2009

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I did it...usually just after a bath or whenever really. I'm not sure if it is benificial, but my daughter likes it. She is almost 5 months and she sticks out her leg when I'm rubbing it and smiles when I do it.

Molissa - posted on 11/28/2009

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Absolutely! Great for bonding and it helps relax them. My son giggled when I did it to his belly. Now I still do massages after his bath before bed. I put on some Lavender lotion and massage it in, and he's ready for bed. I also do stretches with him to keep him flexible. It seems to help keep him mobile and very happy during the day. He laughs when I do them. It's a sure fire way to get him happy after being fussy.

Sarah - posted on 11/27/2009

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i agree! it is a great experience. i took it with my son last month, and he is starting to enjoy it even more now! he is 2 months and three weeks old

Desarae - posted on 11/27/2009

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I wasn't really taught i just kinda did it on my own. with her legs and arms i do long stokes and i do side to side strokes on her tummy it helps when she has a tough time "going" .

Desarae - posted on 11/27/2009

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My daughter loves it! I do a mini massage when she wakes up combined with a little baby stretches. And then i do it again after a bath and before bedtime.

Crystal - posted on 11/27/2009

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Thanks everyone...It seems like something I am going to look into. My baby is now 3 weeks...he was 4 weeks early so I didn't even get to make it to my birthing class due to the preclamsia I had. I am going to ask my dr about it next time I go...if anyone has any tips in the mean time on how they were taught to do it, that would be great!

thanks everyone for responding!

Loretta - posted on 11/27/2009

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i use it all the time, one of the sences that develop first, so they love it. i went to baby bonding classes wich is baby massage and thier main onnes aremassage for wind and teething. i have used the wind one and it works. the main thing i was taught was to use veg oil/sunflower oil because thier skin is thin and they need to be able to digest the oil as it goes streat into the bloodstream. you also have to ask for permission as a que to show them whats going to happen. its a way to promote positive touch. (dont ask its just what the teacher taught us)

Aisa - posted on 11/27/2009

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i do this with my son from birth he is now 11 weeks old and he still loves getting a massage, i give him one after his bath every day

Angela - posted on 11/26/2009

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Baby massage is great! I bought the bedtime massage gel from Johnson & Johnson, with lavender, I massage my 5 month old baby girl every night after a bath, she sleeps like an angel, relaxes her so much!

Sammi - posted on 11/26/2009

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i used it alot to start with as my daughter loves it, i would give her a bath then massage and it helped to settle her down and moisturise her dry skin too, but i dont really do it now because she always needs feeding straight after her bath so cant keep her waiting to give her a massage then after i dont hav the time to before she goes to bed

Crystal - posted on 11/26/2009

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I have done it..My husband would give my son little back massages while he was laying on my chest. it helped relax him and its an azmazing bonding eperience.

Jennifer - posted on 11/26/2009

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I did it with my oldest son and it was an excellent bonding experience for both of us. It did relax him and helped him sleep.

Rachel - posted on 11/26/2009

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i have done it ith my little boy and he loved it. it made him sleepy and was really claming. it also help to massage their stomach if they are blocked up and are not going to the toilet. I leartthrough my post natal class so it might be worth speaking to ur helth visitor about classes. hope that helps x

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