Friday, September 30, 2005

Setting Up For Massage

When you decide to massage your baby, you will need to prepare both of your for the event. First, you will need to find a quiet, draft-free room. You will want baby in just a diaper or perhaps a diaper and onesie, which is why you will want a draft-free room. The quiet will help both of you relax. You should wear loose-fitting clothing so that you will not have to struggle with your clothing during the massage.

Before you get baby for the massage, wash your hands to be sure that they are clean. Do not touch baby while they are cold, however. Also take off any jewelry so that you do not scratch your baby accidentally. Prepare a bowl of massage oil so that you will have it handy when you get ready for the massage.

When you bring in the baby, you will need to place him or her on a soft, warm surface. You can try a long pillow that is short, a large towel, or a thick blanket. Make sure that baby is comfortable and avoid fabrics like wool that will irritate the skin once you use the oil.

During the massage, too, you will need to follow a few simple rules. Do not think about anything else that is going on. Remove all worries or other thoughts from your mind and concentrate on the massage so that you and your baby get the best results.

You also will need to keep your touch rhythmic so that the baby can get an intuitive idea of what you will be doing. You also should talk or sing to your baby. Use small phrases or sing lullabies. Your baby will be able to respond to the softness in your voice. Maintain eye contact with your baby during the massage so that he or she will be able to trust you.

If your baby does not like the massage, then he or she will cry to let you know. Stop the massage at this point. The benefits, emotional and physical, are negated if your baby is not calm during the massage. You also will make him or her stress out about the massage. You will subvert any future plans you have for massage as well.

Should your baby cry the first time out, though, that does not mean that you should give up on the massage idea. Wait a few days and try again. You may want to try massaging a clothed baby first or try massaging without the oil. Do what works best for the two of you.

You also should make sure that you are comfortable while you are performing the massage. While the massage is not for you specifically, it will help you to get closer to your baby, to make him or her happy, and to relax yourself. By maintaining a comfortable position, you will be able to derive benefit from the massage as well.

The baby massage experience is one that you and your baby should look forward to and that can become a big part of your new lives together.

By Julia Mercer

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