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Baby massage is a great way to calm your baby, especially at the end of the day or if your baby is overstimulated. Get step-by-step instructions with our easy-to-follow baby-massage video.
Never underestimate the amount that is going on inside your baby's developing brain the whole time she's awake.
Sometimes your baby can become too overstimulated, and sometimes this can lead to a very tearful or fretful baby.
Tuning in to your baby's nap and bedtimes by picking up on small signs can mean a much happier you and a much happier baby.
Make massage part of the bedtime routine and slowly nurture your baby toward calm, restful sleep by using gentle touch and soft eye-to-eye contact. Massage not only calms your baby but calms you too, leading you both toward a restful nap or a good night's sleep.
Your hands are like a soft velvet cloak, draping them across your baby's body in a soft, rhythmic manner.
Stroking from heart to hands, then from head to toe. And if you like, you can softly say it with the rhyme, "Heart to hands, head to toe, not too fast and not too slow". Follow this with circular movements to the tummy, always clockwise. This time with the rhyme:
"Round and round and round we go, heart to hands and head to toe. Round and round and round we go, not too fast and not too slow."
A perfect, easy, calming massage to remember for you and your baby.
If you're standing up, choose from tiger-in-the-tree hold, or fireman-lift hold. Stroke from head to toe using a soft palm. Raindrop fingers from head to toe.
Gently sing or hum your favorite lullaby to your baby. We know that babies love the repetition of the same rhyme or lullaby as part of their bedtime routine. Don't think you have to provide new things for your baby all the time; in fact, they much prefer the same pattern. This then encourages them to remember that this particular massage, move, or song means it's time for sleep.
Rhymes, singing, and humming also calm you as it alters the rate of your breathing and your heart rate, as we take lovely long breaths while we sing softly.
Babies will also pick up on the fact that you're feeling calm and, therefore, will feel calm too.
Quite possibly, your baby will feel calm enough to be able to gently drop off to sleep.