Baby Massage

So much research has proven that infant massage has tons of benefits like better sleep, growth, emotional health, and more! Finding ways to implement it into your curriculum is great for bonding time.

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Include baby massage into your every day curriculum

As adults, most of us think of receiving a massage as a luxury and something we would pay good money for. As infants, there are so many health benefits besides relaxation that they can receive, and it doesn’t take a skilled massage therapist to perform this. Watching a simple Video can help give you tips on how to do this. Some of the health benefits of infant massage are relaxation, bonding with the adult, relieves gas, reflux, increases better sleep, and some believe it even helps release more of the growth hormone in babies. There are no negative aspects of infant massage as long as you do it properly at the right pressure. Working this routine into your daily curriculum will bring calm, nurturing moments with the infants in your class.

Some helpful tips are not to push too hard and you can rub the infant in a circle pattern. Seen here in this Video

Materials

Warm hands

Optional- Essential oil (safe for babies) or baby lotion

Optional- Soothing music

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Emotional

Skills

Self-regulation

Indicators:

Expressing comfort and pleasure Becoming calm when when comforted

Instructions

Step 1:

Find a time during the day for each infant to receive an infant massage. This can be after a diaper change while on the changing table or on the floor during tummy time. For some, it can last under 5 minutes. For others, you may want to go longer if they are enjoying it and if you do not have other responsibilities. It’s helpful if the music is soft and soothing while the lighting is also a little dimmer than usual.

Step 2:

You can hum to the infant while you gently massage his feet, legs, arms, and back. As you massage each part, say the part and gently talk to him. Some infants will benefit from longer massages, especially if they struggle with some gastrointestinal issues.

Step 3:

Think of this massage time with each infant as an opportunity to bond with her and have that one-on-one time that doesn’t happen often. This should be an enjoyable and calming time, so be sure that you are in the right mindset for it with each infant.

Playful Questions

• What are my muscles made out of?

• What causes gas in babies?

• Why are some people ticklish and others are not?

• What kinds of lotion or oil would be good for infant massage?

• Would massages be beneficial for toddlers and older as well?