Most new parents know the feeling of putting your baby down to sleep and they start to cry, only to be instantly soothed once you pick them up again. Touch between baby and parent is an important part of your connection with each other and can be enhanced through the use of baby massage.
Vimala McClure, author of Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents indicates that massaging your baby can assist with improving connection, promoting sleep and encouraging calm. Massage provides a soothing, relaxing environment for your baby at stimulates their central nervous system to encourage calm, much like the benefits gained from adult massage. Alan Heath and Nicki Bainbridge, authors of Baby Massage: The Calming Power Of Touch suggest that massage can also support your baby’s wellbeing, as this type of touch can provide a key form of communication, connection and bond with your baby.
Mr Health and Ms Bainbridge recommend that the best time to massage your baby is when they are alert but calm. A good time for baby massage can be following bath time or a nappy change. This does not need to be a long process and your baby can get the benefits with as little as 10-15 minutes of baby massage, but it is recommended to allow at least 20 minutes for a full baby massage.
Using a quality baby oil will also benefit your baby, as you can hydrate your baby’s skin with nourishing vitamin rich oils. Baby oils that contain mineral oil don’t include the same level of nourishing properties as those with cold pressed plant based oils. Ms McClure recommends cold pressed vegetable oils as they are quick absorbing, non toxic if ingested and contain no scent. Our Baby Mama Baby Oil combines cold pressed grapeseed oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and vitamin e to provide a nourishing and moisturising oil for your baby. Our baby oil also contains no sweet almond oil due to the potential for nut allergies. We recommend patch testing a small amount of oil on your baby’s wrist or ankle and waiting 12-24 hours to ensure your baby has no reaction.