One bonding activity you can share with your new baby (or your child at any age) is massage. It has been practiced for many years and has multiple benefits.
Infant massage can calm a cranky baby. It can supports digestion, increase blood flow and help them to be more flexible.
#1 Set up
To get started, lay a towel down on a bed or carpeted surface so it will be nice and soft for baby. Layout a fresh diaper and pair of clothes close by. Have your carrier oil in a small bowl close by. I use coconut oil and you will want to have this be your main massage oil. Be sure it is warmed, not too warm but you don't want it cold either. You can add a little bit of essential oil but only a tiny tiny amount.
#2 Choose your Essential oil(s)
Here is a list of some of the safe oils to use on baby:
#3 Prepare Baby
- Roman Chamomile
- Ylang Ylang
- Calming Blend
- Grounding Blend
Be sure that the room you are in is warm and a calming environment. You do not want the television or loud music playing. I would suggest diffusing a calming oil like Serenity or Balance and you can even diffuse the same one every time. This will add to the calming effect both the massage and the diffused oil will have on the child in the future. Remove all clothing and diaper from baby and gently lay him on the towel. Use fluid motions, nothing jerking or fast. Keep your voice soft and slow. You want your baby to feel completely safe and relaxed.
#4 Start slow
Start with the feet and rub in firm but slow motions using your thumb and the flat of your hand. Hold the foot with one hand and gently rub in circular motions. You can use plain coconut oil or you can add a drop of an oil listed above. Add the drop or two to the carrier oil you are using for this session so that the main oil is still the carrier oil and the essential oil is not too strong for baby.
#5 Move Upward
As you gently massage, taking great care around the stomach and up to the neck, always rub in circular upward motions. Imagine that you are pushing the flow of the blood towards the heart, not away from it.
#6 Maintain Eye Contact
As you massage, try to maintain eye contact with your baby. You can hum or sing softly to him, as well. This lets him know that everything is okay and safe and that you are there for him. Do not stop abruptly for any reason.
After you are finished, wrap him in the towel and hold him close. Most of the oil will have absorbed, but if not this will help to soak up any extra. Give him plenty of kisses and whisper to him. This will help to create a lasting routine of doing this for a long time to come.
Do not conduct a massage directly before or after feeding time. Don't wake a baby to do a massage. And don't rush off to other things when it is done and baby is dressed again. Use this time to further snuggle and hold your baby and even rock your baby to sleep. As your child grows, even doing the steps above on just the feet or the back is a great way to bond with your child and it will support his immune system.
I would love to share with you more on this topic and see how these oils can bless your life.
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