Herbal Massage Baby Head & Scalp Massage
Baby massage is so important for newborns and infants. They thrive on positive care, affection, and touch. Nourishing touch helps their developing immune systems, nervous system. It can help with colic, fussiness, anxiousness. It helps them sleep better for longer. Plus it makes them calmer.
Baby Massage relieves baby stress. “Baby Stress???” You may scoff, but everyone alive experiences stress. A baby is in a whole new world and environment with new sounds, people, environments. They don’t always get food exactly when they want it and they can’t communicate with you so well. So yes, they experience stress.
Massage reverses the effects of stress and stress producing hormones in the body, which are harmful to a growing baby’s body and brain development.
This is a great activity for mommy and baby. You’ll be surprise by how much calmer you feel after giving the massage.
Don’t worry if you’ve never had technical massage training. You intuitively know how to do this. Play some relaxing music, because babies love sound and it’s great for baby brain development. Use only natural oils. DO NOT USE BABY OIL. It contains mineral oil, which is really bad for a baby’s skin. Sure it may have that artificial “baby” smell and it’s super cheap to buy, but it strips your baby’s skin of vital nutrients. You want to use a natural oil that is closer in properties to the oil naturally produced by our skin. This oil will nourish skin long term. You can use coconut oil, which is very popular massage oil in India, olive oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil.
If your baby is younger than 6 months, use very light touching, similar to Swedish effleurage massage strokes. No need to get fancy. Keep it simple and short. A 5-10 minute massage does wonders for a younger baby. Plus baby may start to get restless if the massage last too long.
I’ll show you how to make the herbal oil in another post & video.
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