Getting started with baby massage
Massage can be soothing for babies. Make sure the room is warm, your baby is quiet, well-rested and alert, and you’re relaxed. Try massage after your baby’s nap, when they’re being changed or in the cot, or after a bath. You can do massage for 10-30 minutes.
Smooth sorbolene cream or lotion into your warm hands and massage the soles of your baby’s feet. Use firm, gentle, slow strokes from heel to toe. Always keep one hand on your baby.
Upper body massage for babies
Start upper body massage with your hands on your baby’s shoulders. Make gentle strokes in towards the chest.
Massage your baby’s arms by stroking from shoulders down towards wrists. Try not to get sorbolene cream or lotion on your baby’s hands. If you do, wipe your baby’s fingers clean.
Face and back massage for babies
Use your finger pads to massage your baby’s face. Stroke from the middle of your baby’s forehead, down the outside of their face and in towards their cheeks. Massage the scalp in small circles.
If your baby is still relaxed when you’ve finished massaging the front of their body, you can turn them onto their tummy and use long, smooth strokes from head to toe.