Us Dads are always looking for ways to spend quality time with our kids. Often times it lasts about 3 minutes before they start screaming for mom.
As a new dad, one of the best ways to bond with your baby is through baby massage. This gentle and nurturing touch can provide a bunch of benefits for both you and your mini-you. As an aside, babies that are getting massaged are likely not screaming!
Benefits of Baby Massage
There are many benefits of baby massage, both for the baby and you. Here are a few:
- Promotes bonding: Touch is one of the most powerful ways to bond with your baby. Massage helps to create a sense of trust and security between you and your kid.
- Helps with digestion: Massage can help to stimulate the digestive system and alleviate gas and constipation.
- Reduces stress: Just like adults, babies can stress out. Massage can help to reduce stress hormones and promote relaxation.
- Improves sleep: Massage can help to calm your baby and promote better sleep.
- Enhances immune function: Research has shown that massage can help to boost the immune system and reduce illness.
Pick a time when your baby is calm and alert, but not hungry or tired. You'll also want to create a calm and quiet environment, with soft lighting and chill music.
When you're ready to start, make sure your hands are clean and warm. You may also want to use a natural oil, such as coconut or olive oil, to help your hands glide smoothly over your baby's skin.
Techniques to Try
- Chest Massage: Gently rub your baby's chest in a circular motion with your fingertips. This can help to promote relaxation and improve breathing.
- Tummy Massage: Use a circular motion to massage your baby's tummy, starting at the belly button and moving outward. This can help to alleviate gas and constipation.
- Leg Massage: Starting at the top of your baby's leg, use gentle strokes to massage down toward the foot. You can also use your thumbs to massage the soles of your baby's feet.
- Arm Massage: Use gentle strokes to massage your baby's arms, starting at the shoulder and moving down to the wrist. You can also gently rotate your baby's wrists and massage the palms of their hands.
- Face Massage: Use your fingertips to gently massage your baby's forehead, cheeks, and chin. You can also use your thumbs to massage their temples.
Baby massage is an easy and effective way to bond with your mini and promote their health and well-being. By incorporating baby massage daily, you'll create a connection with your baby and help them to feel safe, loved, and cared for.