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Baby massage can be an important part of parenthood, providing a great opportunity for skin-to-skin bonding between you and your new baby. It is also recommended as a settling technique for new parents to use with their newborn.

There is a lot of evidence and research behind the process of baby massage, giving new parents ‘tried and true ideas’ for settling and bonding with their new little family member. Babies often associate massage and baths with sleep, as it signals that it’s time to relax, rest and go to bed.

Massage is the first step of Cetaphil’s six steps for a happy baby which include;

  1. Massage
  2. Bath
  3. Moisturise
  4. Feed
  5. Swaddle
  6. Sleep

Which body parts should you focus on during baby massage?

Your midwife will be able to share the benefits of massaging your baby, plus the techniques to use. Areas for massage include baby’s upper back, their arms, legs, hands and feet. Your midwife can show you the safest way to massage your baby and how to do this with confidence.

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The best products to use when giving your baby a massage

Your midwife will also explain the best products to use on your baby during a massage. Look for products that are formulated to be gentle on your newborn’s skin, mineral oil free and hypoallergenic.

The Australian College of Midwives endorses the Cetaphil Baby Range, one of the many ways that the Australian College of Midwives helps new parents, providing information around what is best for their little ones.

Cetaphil Baby has a Massage Oil which could be used for your baby massage, which includes shea butter and vitamin E to gently moisturise baby’s delicate skin.

Safety measures to keep in mind when massaging your baby

Safety advice is very important to consider when learning how to give your newborn a massage. There are recommended measures that your midwife can take you through which include:

  • The recommended room temperature
  • The different types of massage
  • Where to massage and the length of time to massage
  • The recommended products to use
  • Assisting in the settling processes for parents with their newborn baby’s massage and/or bath, whether this be on a daily or second daily basis

If these safety measures are followed, you’ll be set up for success. Baby massage is an amazing way for parents to bond with their little ones through creating intimacy that is extremely beneficial for both parent and child.

Did you or do you do baby massage on your bub? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Is this list in order? I am wondering why massage and then bath?

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  • Yes i did.It was nice moment for both mum and baby.

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  • I loved massaging my babies when they were little. It is so calming for them.

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  • Both my babies have very dry skin so I’ve just started doing this with some good moisturiser

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  • No, I didn’t. We tried. My son lived with colic for ages and we thought massage might help, but he wouldn’t give it time to.

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  • I wish I’d known about this when my boys were born. Maybe it would have helped my youngest to settle down for their nap

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  • I used to do this with my 2- great bonding experience.

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  • Love massaging my little ones feet. So adorable!

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  • Yes absolutely and also when the were older

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  • My bubs found it so soothing as a newborn. Makes me miss those stages

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  • I found that if I did this then my kids would all fall asleep without a feed but then wake hungry within the hour. One would only sleep for 5mins then wake wanting a feed and then scream for hours. I gave up on this with her. She was a total nightmare…lol

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  • Bath then moisturizer with massage has always worked great for relaxing my boys ❤

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  • I was doing some when my babies were very little. After bath

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  • The only massage my bub gets is after bath time when I’m rubbing moisturiser into his skin.

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  • I would give a bit of a massage as I apply moisturiser onto my bub’s body and he would giggle. It was gorgeous.

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