Baby Massage Basics

Massaging your baby holds many benefits. Think about how much better you feel after a really good massage. The same goes for your little ones!

If you’re wondering about the hows, whys and whens of baby massage, read through the information below and feel free to comment or reach out to us directly via the Contact page on our website with any questions. We’re always here to help.

Why should I massage my baby?

The number one reason is that babies LOVE skin to skin contact. It helps them relax and soothes them when they’re feeling afraid or out of their comfort zone. It’s a great way for parents to bond with their babies and it can even help relax stressed out mums and dads too.

Massage has been thought to aid in weight gain and digestion in babies. It’s even been associated with easing teething pain and improving circulation.

In keeping with the theme of this business, massages are also amazing with helping babies relax and get into a state of mind where sleep will come to them easily. If you’re having trouble putting your baby to sleep, lay them down gently and try a soft massage. You might be surprised at how quickly they calm down and start to drift off.

How should I massage my baby?

Babies are fragile little things. You should be very careful when massaging your little one and only apply a very soft amount of pressure with smooth, slow, gentle strokes. If your baby doesn’t seem to be loving the experience or gets fussy at any point, please don’t continue.

This video covers a few of the basics when it comes to baby massage.

When should I massage my baby?

In some cases, a physician may suggest you start massaging your baby for reasons associated with their health. Otherwise, any time within the first three months is a good time to start massaging your baby as this is when they start developing important abilities including motor and intellectual skills.

Do you massage your baby? Have you noticed any benefits?

If you’d like more baby massage tips or need help getting your little sleeping through the night, please contact us. We are more than happy to help however we possibly can.

As always, Sleep Sweet and Sleep Deep.

Read about Shayla (12 weeks old) and her sleep success story.