Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Infant Massage - Getting Started

You will Need:
Oil(cold-press fruit or vegetable oil such as sweet almond or apricot is suggested)
Towel or Blanket to lay baby on
Pillow - this supports infants and reduces the tendency they have to startle when placed on their back.
Music - Quiet music is a great way to create a calm atmosphere.

1. Find a time when both YOU and YOUR BABY are RELAXED. Find a QUIET, WARM area of your home and set out your SUPPLIES.
2. Undress your baby, leaving his or her diaper on. If your baby seems cold you can use a blanket or towel to add warmth.
3. Lay your baby on their back, propped up on some pillows so that they feel more secure.
4. Place some oil on your hands and RUB them together to generate heat and to show your baby that you are about to begin a massage.
5. ASK PERMISSION. This is one of the most important parts of infant massage. Show your palms to your baby and ask, "May I massage you now?" If your baby shows signs of willingness, such as making eye contact, looking at your face, smooth movement of arms and legs or a smile, proceed with the massage. If your baby shows signs of unwillingness such as frowning, arched back, crying or turning away their head, wait for a better time.

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