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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Benefits of Baby Massage

A few months ago, Dane and I have noticed how Nate loves to be massaged. Sometimes, when I think he's still very sleepy but couldn't sleep and would just keep rolling around, I'd let him rest his head on my check and I'd gently massage his back and the palm of his hands. I can feel him start to calm down and sometimes, even automatically close his eyes! It's wonderful! :)

So I made a little more research about it and I learned that infant massage can benefit the baby in so many ways! Just like adults, babies love to be massaged. Here are some of the things I learn which made me want to continue giving gentle massage on Nate.

1. Infant massage helps give babies assurance. As mothers, we know that some babies cry when we put them down but when we hold them back again, they're back smiling in just a second! If babies love to be touched, how much more a body massage? They'll definitely love it! It gives them security that we're not leaving them.

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2. Infant massage helps calm babies. When your baby is fussy, he/she may just need some massage. Massage can soothe and help babies sleep better, no wonder why Nate closes his eyes when I massaged his back.

3. Infant massage helps prevent colic and gas. As we know, babies digestive system is not fully developed so these gentle massage can probably do the trick if you think that your baby's having some tummy gas.

Infant massage may just last for 5-15 minutes. Moms are advised to use baby oils or moisturizers while doing so. There are many advise online on how to properly massage a baby - I've already done some of them but some I haven't tried yet. We can do gentle soothing strokes on our baby's back, chest, tummy, hands, knees, even their cute little toes and fingers. I usually massage Nate when feeding him and sometimes after his bath. Old wives tale say to massage baby's knees after every bath to help them walk right away. I'm not sure if that's true but I am doing it because Nate loves it.

What's your experience in giving your little one a gentle massage?


References: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1042915/massaging-your-baby, http://www.parents.com/baby/care/newborn/baby-massage/
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37 comments:

  1. I agree, sis. Massage has a lot of benefits, not only for babies. I know how much my husband loves massaging his forehead and head. That's why I also do it to our 3-year-old son, and it helps him fall asleep easily too. Just like his dad.

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    1. I wish I have more strength to massage my husband's back! Pero parang wala epek sa kanya ang masahe ko, parang wala daw sya nararamdaman! haha.

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  2. This is my dose of happiness! I feel more relaxed and calmer after I undergo a soothing massage.

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    1. Everyone really loves massage. It's just very relaxing! :D

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  3. Massage is good for the body and I am sure everyone loves not excluding your baby!

    So give your baby that massage he so desires and do take good care of him.

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  4. Hindi lang for adults ang massage. I remember my daughter enjoying massage time when she was a baby. She even asks for one every now and then. :)

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    1. I had the opposite experience. When I was young, massage was a nightmare to me. It was very painful sa hilot dati. I don't know why.

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  5. Aside from body massage, you can try the foot reflexology for babies (http://www.chemistdad.com/2013/08/babys-foot-reflexology.html). I think this will also help in stimulating their internal organs.

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    1. Thanks! I have a photo similar to this sent to me by a friend also. I haven't tried foot reflexology yet kasi nakikiliti sya..

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  6. Nothing beats a loving mother's touch! Giving them a massage is like letting them feel our gentle love for them!

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  7. Massage is truly relaxing. I sometimes ask hubby to massage my back pag sobrang stress ako, and he gladly do it hehehe... Last night,our boy woke up crying I massage his tummy and he went back to sleep. Kaya powerful nga talaga ang massage. :-)

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    1. Wow, isang massage lang, ok na si baby. Powerful nga talaga!

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  8. Touch is so powerful indeed, especially those for moms to their babies!

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  9. Nice post. Baby massage is also a great bonding time for mommy and baby :)

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    1. Thank you! It really is a great bonding time too! :)

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  10. I love giving my kids a massage too :) And yes, there are lots of benefits. If you want to know more about baby massage, I know someone who can help :)

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  11. Yes, babies do love massage. Who doesn't? :-) I think its actually the touch that they do want, as in they sense who touches them.

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  12. My son is already 8 years old, turning 9, but he still asks for massage on his back, hands, arms or feet before he goes to sleep. That's how much he finds it relaxing.

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  13. Massage is really a great way to calm down a baby. Even my almost four-year--old son still loves being rubbed on his back so that he can go to sleep.

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  14. My daughter loves massages. Until now that she's 7, I still give her a massages because it calms her and relaxes her.

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  15. I agree. Even our simple touch and tap makes real wonder to our baby. Its give them assurance and comfort.

    Mommy Maye2
    www.ourfamilyblogsabout.info

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  16. Body massage is a great therapy and very good for babies as well. Babies need all the care, love and support from us.

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