Guide to Infant Massage Techniques

Infant massage involves gentle touching and rhythmic strokes on a baby’s body to promote relaxation and bonding.
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Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Infant Massage FAQ


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What is a baby massage?

Baby massage is a blissful way for you and your baby to bond. And although it has countless benefits, the core principles are quite simple.

How do you massage a baby?

Hold your baby’s leg under the knee and gently press it towards the tummy to release wind. Start upper body massage with your hands on your baby’s shoulders. Make gentle strokes in towards the chest. Massage your baby’s arms by stroking from shoulders down towards wrists. Try not to get sorbolene cream or lotion on your baby’s hands.

Should you get a baby massage?

Baby massage has loads of benefits for your baby, such as improving flexibility and boosting the production of oxytocin. But where should you start? We asked an expert for their top tips.

What are the benefits of baby massage?

According to the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), baby massage may help to stimulate the circulatory and digestive systems. This might, in turn, help some babies with conditions such as: Massages may also help ease muscular tension, growing pains, and teething discomfort, as well as stimulate growth in preterm infants.

How to do Baby massage?

1. Time it right 2. Use natural oils 3. Work your way up 4. Go clockwise on the tummy 5. Watch for reactions to chest massage 6. Go gentle on the scalp 7. Follow your baby’s cues Want to help your baby relax and bond with them at the same time? Infant massage can help. Here’s how to do baby massage.

How often should you massage your baby?

How often you massage your baby depends on you and your baby. Some parents give their baby massages daily, while other parents massage their little ones every other day. You can massage your baby during the morning to get the day going or at night before bedtime to help soothe your baby to sleep.

What is a baby massage service?

The service can be of assistance in providing information on baby massage techniques, recommendations, fact sheets, certificate training, or any other matter relating to massage for infants and children. Call for further information. Hours of operation maybe subject to change.

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