How to massage your baby
These techniques are good for all pre-crawling babies. For the best chance of success, don't try a massage just before or after a meal.
When you think your baby's ready, set up on the floor with a towel and a small bowl of vegetable-based oil.
Your baby's legs are a good place to begin, as they're less sensitive than some parts of the body. Using a little oil, wrap your hands around one of her thighs and pull down, one hand after the other, squeezing gently, as if you're "milking" her leg. Switch legs and repeat.
Take one foot and gently rotate it a few times in each direction. Then stroke the top of your baby's foot from the ankle down to the toes. Switch feet and repeat.
Use your thumbs to trace circles all over the bottom of each foot.
To finish off the feet, grab each toe between your thumb and forefinger and gently pull until your fingers slip off the end. Do this for all 10 toes.
Take one of your baby's arms in your hands and repeat the milking motion from his armpit all the way to his wrist. Then, take his hand and gently rotate the wrist a few times in each direction. Switch arms and repeat.
Trace tiny circles all over the palm of each hand with your thumbs.
Gently take a finger between your thumb and forefinger and pull, letting her finger slip through your grasp. Do this for all fingers and her two thumbs.
Put your hands together in prayer position over your baby's heart. Then stroke your hands outward and lightly flatten your palms down over his chest. Repeat several times.
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