Infant massage is a way to gently care for and spend time with your baby. Learn about the possible benefits of baby massage and how to get started. What are the benefits of baby massage? Research shows that baby massage can have various health benefits. For example, baby massage can: Encourage interaction between you and your child. Help your baby relax and sleep. Positively affects children’s hormones that control stress. Reduce crying. Although more research is needed, some studies also suggest that moderate pressure baby massage may promote growth in premature babies.
When to give a massage to a child? Massaging your baby too soon after a feed can make him vomit, so wait at least 45 minutes after a feed. Also pay close attention to your child’s mood. If your child has a fixed gaze and looks calm and content, he or she may enjoy a massage. If your baby turns their head away from you or goes numb in your arms, this may not be the best time for a massage.
When and how often to massage a child is up to you. You can give your newborn a daily massage. Your little one may enjoy a bedtime massage as a soothing part of his or her bedtime routine.