As promised, I am back with the second part of this blog. This is a subject that has been very close to my heart hence, I have quite a lot of information to share with all of you.
The best time for a massage
Many a time new parents are in a dilemma about the right time to massage their bubs. Let me tell you one thing. Always go by the cues your baby gives you. Ideally, you could pick a time when your baby is between feeds. That way, the child won't be too hungry or too full. Also, please do not begin around your baby’s nap time as you do not want to end up with a wailing and inconsolable child. I made that mistake during the first few days of Riaan’s birth and it made the whole experience very cumbersome for all of us. I had appointed a lady for Riaan’s ‘maalish’ (the term for massage in Hindi). She used to come in at 10.30 am and very soon I realized that it was his nap time as he used to be very cranky and used to cry his lungs out. It was a lesson learned the hard way and I switched the timings after which, he used to be ready and waiting for the lady to come home.
You could also make it a bedtime routine for your baby, helping him/her to calm down and be ready to sleep. I must warn you though that babies love this pampering so, once they get used to it you will not be allowed to skip a single day. But, in places which are cold please keep a tab on the right water temperature if you are going to bathe your baby later because babies tend to catch a cold pretty soon. A very good alternative to this could be to massage your baby with a nice moisturizing lotion before bedtime.
Things to keep in mind before beginning
It is very important to keep all the required items handy before you begin the massage as it is practically impossible to get up midway hunting for something. If you have help at home then you could still overlook this aspect but, if you live by yourself then as per me, it is strictly not advisable.
This sums up pretty much everything about a baby massage as per my knowledge. There are an ample number of videos available online on the right techniques of massage so please do have a look. I learned it from the elders in my family and the internet as well ☺. Once in a while, rope in the daddy as well. Let him also experience this lovely feeling. (oxytocin, remember?)
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