Massaging your baby is a wonderful way for you and your baby to bond. Baby massage has been around for many years and is well known in Asian and Indian cultures, who have developed a range of massage strokes that are still used today. A daily baby massage has been shown to increase brain development and physical health in little ones – and they love it too!
It’s easy to get started and build a daily massage into your day. A great time to massage your baby is after a warm bath, when they are relaxed. A few gentle strokes and loving words are a great way to help baby unwind and relax before drifting off to sleep.
It doesn’t have to be complicated, and our baby massage video and baby massage guide will give you a few ideas on how to get started.
Baby massage strokes
Ready to get started? Take a look at our tips for preparation for massage which will give you some ideas for setting up a relaxing space for baby. Then take a look at the baby massage strokes page for your guide to the basic strokes that cover the entire body.
You can use baby massage at any age – just remember that newborns may be especially sensitive to massage and tire easily. Take a look at new born massage for a few tips and reflexes to be mindful of in the early days.
Premature babies have special care needs, especially when it comes to being held close and feeling secure. With the guide of your healthcare professional, your premature baby can really benefit from baby massage. Take a look at our tips for premature baby massage.
Older babies and toddlers also love massage but will of course be more interactive. They tend to giggle a lot too. At this age you can include songs and games while you massage your baby. Take a look at our growing baby massage page and toddler massage pages for more ideas.
Most importantly baby massage is a special time of relaxation and love for both carers and babies. Make it fun and you will find it’s a great way to care for your little bundle of joy and express your happiness and love.
For more baby massage ideas, see our kids activities.