May 30 , 2019
The natural way
Natural oils can be very beneficial on the body but remember not to use oil on an infant’s face. Babies older than 4 months can be massaged for up to 20 minutes, while younger infants need only 10 minutes of massage. Pressure should be light but firm and never tickle during a massage. Avoid the soft spot on the top of the head and at the temples. Never massage the spine, but rather use small circles on the other parts of the back while the infant is on its stomach (this can put the baby to sleep in minutes!). Elbows and knee joints need to be treated with care and rubbed very gently. The key is to be soothing, gentle and light of touch. To relieve gas pains and digestive discomfort, one can also put one hand on top of the other, and make very gentle, slow, circular movements below the belly button. Hands and feet can also be massaged gently – remember to give each part of the body attention, in a very gentle, loving manner. Speak in a soothing tone or sing, and let your baby know you are there.
All about Infant Massage Oil
Infant Massage Oil is specially formulated for babies from birth to 12 weeks and is a wonderful aid to infant massage. Infant Massage Oil is specially formulated by our Clinical Psychologist for babies – the pure and natural almond oil formulation of this product is wonderfully gentle and safe for newborn babies.
From 12 weeks of age, your baby will be able to graduate to our Blissful Baby Massage Oil – for the slightly older baby.
You don’t have to be an ‘expert’ to massage your baby! See below the ‘How to Use’ section for some helpful instructions on baby massage.
Infant Massage Oil contains only 100% natural therapeutic grade almond oil for your newborn baby’s comfort and safety.
Therapeutic Grade Almond Oil is a natural moisturizing oil that is completely safe and gentle enough for even the sensitive skin of newborns.
Did you know? Up to 60% of the products we use on our skin (including baby products) are absorbed into our circulatory system! Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) forms carcinogenic nitrogen compounds when combined with specific ingredients, while parabens and petrochemicals can also cause harm. Our 100% natural products are safer, healthier alternatives as they contain absolutely no parabens, sodium laurel sulfate or harmful petrochemicals.
How has Infant Massage Oil helped others?
‘My little daughter really dislikes bath time and I had been battling to get her settled after every disastrous bath. There was just no way she was going to sleep after that – she would fuss for an hour or two after her bath no matter what! A friend of mine suggested I massage her and made specific mention of your website and your baby massage oils. I thought it sounded like a lovely idea and it really has turned out to be the answer I was looking for. My daughter really relaxes when I or her dad massage her and it’s actually quite fun for us as well. We started with the Infant Massage Oil and now that she’s a bit older we use Blissful Baby Massage Oil. This has a lovely smell and makes me feel just as calm and relaxed as her!’ – Sam K.
‘Thank you for your lovely Infant Massage Oil and the advice on massaging babies. Although I was nervous at first, I have found massaging my new daughter, Jodie, the most valuable and rewarding experience. Being unable to breast-feed I really craved physical contact with her and massage is something that both my husband and I can do. Jodie seems to enjoy it very much as well. Many thanks for the lovely products and good advice!’ – Tessa, Marc and Jodie
How do I use Infant Massage Oil?
Directions: Pour approximately 5 ml (one teaspoon full) onto hands and rub together to warm. Massage slowly and gently onto baby’s body, avoiding the face and genital area. Ideal for after-bath relaxation and to help prepare your baby for sleep. (See below for some help with the technique of infant massage).
For babies older than 3 months, use Blissful Baby Massage Oil!
Caution: May contain traces of nut oil. For external use only.
How to massage your baby: Tips on baby massage
When should I massage my baby?
When you want to spend some special time bonding with your baby, a massage is usually a wonderful option. In general, about half an hour after feeding is a good time for massage in order to avoid any discomfort. After a bath or before settling your little one down to sleep are also both ideal times. Infant massage is best done when you have some time and are not in a hurry. However, if your attempts to massage your baby are met with resistance or your baby doesn’t cooperate with you – don’t become frustrated – rather try again at another time.
What else is important before I start?
Put your bottle of Infant Massage Oil into a bowl or jug of hot (not boiling)water to warm. Make sure you are in a warm environment and undress your baby completely. You may prefer to cover the areas of your baby’s body not being massaged if the weather is cold. Place your little one on a soft surface and ensure that your hands are warm. Now you are ready to start!
How should I massage my baby?
- Start from your baby’s head and work your way down to the toes. It is best to leave out your baby’s face and genital region altogether. You should use a soft, gentle pressure no firmer than you can comfortably press on your own eyelids when your eyes are closed.
- Start on your baby’s temples and gently move to the top of the head, the area around the ears and along the jawline. Gently massage the back and sides of the neck and move slowly down to the shoulders and upper chest.
- Next, stroke the armpits and then along the arms with your finger and thumb encircling the arm. At the joints, you may like to move them back and forth very slowly and gently but be careful especially of the sensitive elbow joint.
- In a larger, clockwise, circular motion, massage the abdomen. Move to the legs and massage as you did the arms. The feet are next and this part of the massage will really relax your baby. Put gentle pressure on the toes one by one and then gently rub the rest of the foot and the heels.
- Turn your baby over to massage his/her back. Soft strokes from the head along the shoulders and down the back either side of the spine to the buttocks are best. Once again, massage the legs down to the feet.
- Gently repeat the whole process from head to toes.
- If your baby wants to move or change position, don’t worry, just move to a newly-accessible area and return to the part you had been massaging later on.
- You can also talk to your baby or sing while you are massaging. However, maintain quiet peaceful sounds in order to enhance the relaxing effect. Feelgood Health’s Rocking Chair CD has a wonderful relaxing musical soundtrack that perfectly suits the medium of infant and baby massage.
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