Baby Massage Techniques

Baby (or infant) massage can be a playful, fun experience and may incorporate rhymes, games, story time or toys to suit your baby’s needs. Massage techniques can be adapted to suit babies and children of all ages.

In this video Mater Midwife Stacy guides you through some key baby massage techniques to help you and your baby enjoy this special bonding activity. 

Where should I massage my baby?

Choose a comfortable position where you have good postural support.

  • For young babies, sit on a cushion on the floor with baby on a towel, or stand at a change table with a small pillow under your baby’s upper body and head.
  • For older babies, we recommend massaging your baby on the floor.

Also consider:

  • soft lighting to minimise overstimulation
  • warm, comfortable environment to ensure your baby does not get cold
  • remove your jewellery to avoid scratching your baby
  • use a cream such as Mater Baby Moisturiser or an oil to massage—apply a small amount to your baby’s inner arm first and wait 10 to 15 minutes to check for any skin sensitivities.

Massaging your baby

  • To ensure a positive experience for you and your baby, massage is best performed when your baby is in a quiet, calm state—look for clear focused eyes, smooth limb movements and quiet regular breathing.
  • if your baby becomes restless or agitated, allow your baby to rest.
  • For young babies, perform massage for only short periods due to their limited attention span.  Older babies will enjoy massage for longer periods.
  • Start with simple massage techniques such as smooth stroking your baby’s legs, chest and tummy.
  • Stroking your baby’s back during tummy time can also be enjoyable.

For more information on learning infant massage techniques, please contact Mater Health and Wellness: 07-3163 6000 (option 6, option 1).

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