How to massage your baby

How to massage your baby

Massaging your baby is great for bonding, and it could also help them sleep better.

 How to massage a baby



You’re aiming for a relaxing experience for both of you, so it’s probably best to avoid a moment when your tot (or you, actually) is either tired or hungry – no one can massage a grumpy baby. Right after bathtime is a good option – baby is already naked and it can become part of the whole bedtime routine. A relaxed and happy baby is far more likely to sleep well.



If you’ve just got baby out of a bath they could get cold quickly, so make sure the room’s warm enough (24OC), and keep a blanket or towel near in case they need a cover-up. Also, you might want to dim the lights and maybe even put on a bit of relaxing music (we’re getting a bit Zen now).



One you’ve got baby comfy and relaxed, choose an edible and unperfumed oil (especially before they reach three months), and warm it between your palms before applying it to your baby’s skin. Nothing will end a session quicker than cold oil placed on your tot’s chest.



You’re dealing with a tiny person, so this is not the time to perfect locker-room massage skills more suited to a rubgy player. You should be firm, gentle but not ticklish, and work out from the centre of baby’s body, say from shoulders to fingers, and balance your movements – once you’ve done one leg, do the other next.



When you start, just aim for about a five-minute session, building up gradually to longer sessions. And look for signs that your baby is enjoying it – if they start to squirm or seem unhappy, stop and try again the next day. With any luck, as you both get used to it you will find your tot starts to smile or even laugh as you massage them. Namaste!


Related Articles

Top 5 Christmas books for kids
Top 5 Christmas books for kids
Top 5 Christmas books for kids Build excitement for the festive season with our...
Baby's first Christmas gift ideas
Baby's first Christmas gift ideas
Baby's first Christmas gift ideas  Ensure your newborn's first Christmas...
Christmas gift ideas for parents
Christmas gift ideas for parents
Christmas gift ideas for parents Check out these inspirational festive gift...
10 most popular baby boys names of 2017
10 most popular baby boys names of 2017
10 most popular baby boys names of 2017 Following the release of the ONS top...

email block


20 fascinating facts about twins

Discovering you’re having two babies can be a shock. Don't panic. Read these facts.

The perfect gift to grow with your little one

Celebrate the birth of your baby with a Woodland Trust tree and woodland dedications.

Funny firsts: The baby milestones no one talks about

First smile, first word, first steps. And then the ones no one talks about...

WIN a smarTfold 300 Plus Compact Folding Trike – by smarTrike

Enter this fantastic prize draw to be in with a chance of winning a smarTfold 300 Plus Compact Folding Trike...

Win a Naturalmat cotbed mattress worth £155

We've teamed up with Naturalmat to offer one lucky Gurgle fan the chance to win a cot bed mattress worth...

Win an ultimate comfort package from the experts, Oilatum

Enter this competition for your chance to win an Oilatum ultimate comfort package for baby's eczema prone skin and a...