Prebath care for Massage

Bathing is an enjoyable time-shared by you and your baby. During the first six weeks there is no necessity for baby bathing every day. You can use a soft washcloth or cotton wool along with some warm water. You can do this type of baby bathing to clean up the baby until the baby's umbilical cord drops off.

It is very good for the baby’s health if you massage him with any baby oil before baby bathing. This massage will help the babies in getting your undivided attention. It will also increase the baby’s food absorption. It will also aid the baby in sleeping better, build immunity and develop muscle tone as well as coordination.

Some of the tips, which will be of great help to you during baby bathing, are given below. Have a look to know more:
Until your baby's navel has healed, go for sponge baths. This means cleaning only the parts of your baby that really need attention like hands, face, neck as well as diaper area.
Do not take the risk of leaving the baby alone in the bathtub for even few seconds. Thus make sure that you have all the required things in front of you before baby bathing.
Test the water with your elbow before bathing the baby. The water should be warm and not hot. Too much of hot water will harm the soft and delicate skin of the child. You can also use bathtub, which will make baby bathing easier for you.
Some of the things you will require while baby bathing include towel (two preferably - one for the head and the other for the body), Cotton balls as well as oils for massaging the baby. You can also use homemade mixture of milk and turmeric in place of oils. Other than this, baby soap and foam pad or rubber mat is also required for baby bathing.

Some of the things that you should keep in mind while you engage yourself in baby bathing are giving below. Have a look to know more:
arw You should use another piece of cotton wool or washcloth to clean the ears of your baby. Try and wash over and behind each ear with the washcloth. Do not try to wipe inside the ears.
arw While baby bathing, wash the body with a soapy cloth or in warm water in a tub. You should lower the baby in the tub with the baby's head supported on your arm. You should hole the baby firmly on the shoulder and upper arm. Properly wash in between creases in the neck, arms and legs. Wash the

bottom carefully from front to back. Hold the baby firmly with both hands while lifting, as the baby will be slippery with all the water.
arw With a fresh towel or a soft cloth rub the baby gently and dry the body.

Baby Massage
Baby Massage helps in emotional bonding with your child. Baby massage can calm down the baby easily; improve sleep patterns as well as help in digestion. This is a wonderful technique for dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents as well as other caregivers to share special time with the new addition to the family. Baby massage also helps the child to bond well with other members. The child will also start recognizing them.

Preparation for baby massage is very important. You should take care of different things when you decide to massage your baby. Timing is an important part of baby massage. Choose a time when you are free and not interrupted by any one. The baby should not be in full or empty stomach when you are massaging.

Both you and the baby should be in comfortable position. You can also take the baby in your lap and go for baby massage. You can talk or sing to your baby or play a soothing music in the background. Natural oils are the best for baby massage. You can use almond oil or a fresh bottle of vegetable oil scented with a drop of fragrance of lemon, vanilla or lavender.

Baby massage increases blood circulation in the body of the baby. There are some tips on massaging technique for babies. If you follow this, you can give your baby a wonderful massage.

arw Before going for baby massage, try and keep all things ready. This includes, the baby massage oil or the vegetable oil, tissues, clean diapers and clothes. If you are massaging the baby before bath, try and keep the water for the baby's bath ready.
arw Bracelet, rings and long nails might hurt your child accidentally as the skin of the baby is extremely soft. Do not wear bracelets and rings when you start massaging the baby. Your fingernails should also be short.

arw You should always spread a changing mat or a soft towel on the surface and then undress the baby. Put the baby down with face up. This will help the baby to have a face-to-face contact with you.
arw Rub about half-a-teaspoon of oil on your palms at a time. This will help you to glide easily on the baby's body. Later on you can apply more oil as required. You should also make sure that your palms are warm.

arw It should also be noted that aromatherapy oils for adults are not suited for baby massage. So you should always choose the correct oil before massaging.
arw You should always use smooth, gentle but firm strokes with your palm or fingers for baby massage. Light circular movements on chest and stomach and stroking across the shoulders can be done. Downward movement on the arms and legs and upward movements on the back can also be used.
arw Do not put pressure on the baby's fragile body and also avoid the spine area. You should also keep the baby engaged while massaging. You can do this by talking or singing to the infant. Eye contact with the baby is also important. It ensures him or her of your undivided attention.

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