By Rania Watts
When I had my first child, everyone spoke about two things ad nauseum. The first is that babies need to have cream absorbed into their skin daily, right after their bath. This is, in my opinion, the perfect time for baby massage. The reason that I mention lotion is because it can be used to slowly and gently massage baby muscles.
My daily routine with all three of my mine children was to start with the torso and belly, gently rubbing the muscles; sometimes a little belly rub on a baby could assist if the baby is feeling constipated. A little massage could go a long way into assisting them with finally having a bowel movement. I would then gently roll them on their stomachs to rub their backs as well. Please be mindful to be very tender with your baby.
Once the back is finished, I would work outwardly through each appendage, massaging the leg and arm muscles of children – which also promotes stronger muscles.
I do not recommend putting lotion on your baby’s face. If your baby has dry skin on their face, you can gently apply a face stick. Both with or without sunscreen are available and go a long way into the prevention of dry skin on a baby.
This time between you and your baby also reinforces the bond from parent to child. An important practice that requires time however is very worth it, as your baby will be better for receiving your gentle massaging hands on their body.
I found this interesting article that breaks down when to use baby lotion, which echoes my words of post bath massage and provides options as to what would be the best type of lotion for your specific needs.
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