New Mom Compulsory: The Art of Massage for Baby


New Mom Compulsory: The Art of Massage for Baby

Before the baby was born, it was curled up in the mother’s womb.

Massage helps the baby’s body contraction, it can help the baby stretch his little hands, make the baby’s toes more flexible, the calf stretches and kicks more powerfully, and the whole body dances more freely.

At the same time, the kinship between mother and child cultivated during the massage can encourage the baby to face the world more actively.

What should a mother do for a baby massage?

The baby’s massage method is different from the adult massage.

First of all, the baby’s massage must be light, so as not to hurt its young blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, so the baby’s accurate massage should be called “stroke”.

In essence, the direction of baby’s strokes is also different from that of adults.

When massaging a baby, the massager’s hands are rubbed from the baby’s head to the trunk, and then from the trunk to the limbs.

This massage is the exact opposite of normal adult massage.

Adult massage is to move along the limbs to the heart in the direction of body fluid return.

Although the baby’s massage is performed from top to bottom, most of the massage movements are stroking or gently pinching.

Be careful when pressing to avoid damaging your baby’s delicate blood vessels.

Squeeze, slide your fingers, and then squeeze again.

Keep your baby in a safe place during the massage.

If you find it uncomfortable to massage on the floor, be careful when placing your baby on a bed or chair to prevent him from rolling down.

Especially when the baby is 11-14 weeks old, she will turn over on her own.

Everything should be prepared before the massage, and sudden noise should be avoided in order to maintain a level of tranquility.

After preparing for the activity, choose a comfortable position that you can maintain for a long time.

Kneeling, especially kneeling on the heel, may damage the ligaments.

If you start with this position, it’s best to change your position while helping your baby to roll over and massage the back.

To keep your body in good shape, remember to bend your body from your hips and keep your hips straight during the massage.

The waist is bent, and leaning forward can easily cause fatigue, and may cause damage to the buttocks, especially when the waist is bent upwards, such as picking towels.

Twisting your waist while bending your body can easily hurt your tip.

Maintaining a good posture is more beneficial to your baby’s massage.

During the massage, after the position of the hand is placed, the spine is tilted forward, and the massage technique can be easily and freely controlled.

This is good for babies and massagers, because using this posture massage can relieve the tension of local muscles of massagers.

The baby’s massage method is different from the adult massage.

First of all, the baby’s massage must be light, so as not to hurt its young blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, so the baby’s accurate massage should be called “stroke”.

For adult massage, the technique must be strong, from the limbs to the heart.

In the baby’s massage, gently insert the body downward and massage from the heart to the limbs.

The sequential massage of the baby’s whole body is an adult massage. The technique must be strong, and massage from the limbs to the heart.

In the baby’s massage, gently insert the body downward and massage from the heart to the limbs.

The following massages are suitable for both healthy and newborn babies.

It’s important to keep in mind that you need to be more careful when massaging smaller babies.

For babies younger than six weeks, a massage only takes about 10 minutes.

During the massage, gently stroke your baby’s face, abdomen and back with your hand, and gently move the baby’s buttocks, thighs, calves and muscles under the skin of the whole body.

Do not use essential oils for newborn babies.

It’s a good time to massage your baby after taking a bath.Every massage should start with your baby step by step.

In this respect, the principle of opposite poles is followed, and the substitution also conforms to the concept of the East: the body is easier to receive, and the other side is stronger than the discharge.

Head massage 1.

Hold your baby’s face gently with your hand while talking to him in a calm, soft voice.

When talking, look at the baby with his eyes, and use his hands to stroke the baby’s face from top to bottom.

At this point you and your baby get a feeling of intimacy.


Slide your hand toward your baby’s face and back to your head.

While holding your head with your wrist, gently make small circular motions with your fingertips, including the cardia.


Rub your baby’s ear with your thumb.

Gently press the ear with your thumb and forefinger to the earlobe from the top.


Use the remaining four fingers to stroke from the preset to the shoulder.

Starting with the little finger, use the four fingertips to massage in sequence.


Rub your hands down on the baby’s front.

have a break.

Note: During the entire process of head massage, pay attention to the safety of his spine and complications when holding the baby’s head with both hands.

If the baby is too small, the skull must be fully supported.

Arm massage 1.

If possible, use your hands to rub your baby’s shoulders to your fingertips.


Massage your baby’s left arm.

Use alternate hands to massage, first pinch your baby’s tibia, and then scratch along the top to the fingertips.

Release your finger when swiping.


If your baby likes your stroke, repeat it.

Otherwise, caress the entire territory.

There is a mantra during the massage: “If you don’t know how to massage, gently stroke it.

“In massage, it’s always appropriate to use strokes.


Pay attention to your baby’s response during the massage.

Move your hand back to your baby’s shoulder to end the left arm massage.

Then turn to your right arm and repeat the entire procedure.

Care must be taken during the massage to avoid touching the area where the baby feels pain.

Rotate your baby’s wrists, elbows, and shoulder joints freely.

Do not apply pressure on the joints.

Allow your baby to move freely and add your movements to coordinate the two.

In this way, each step of the massage will let you directly understand the development of your baby.
Hand massage 1.
Massage your baby’s wrist in a small circle with your fingers.

Stroke your baby’s palm with your thumb and open his little hand.


Move your baby’s arm and play games with him.

Slowly release your hands and stroke each finger of your baby.

Hold the baby’s hand with one hand, and gently pinch the baby’s fingers with the thumb and index finger of the other hand, turning from the little finger in turn, stretching each finger to maintain smooth movement.


Repeat the above steps to massage your baby’s entire hand until each finger.


Have your baby grab your fingers and use the other four fingers to massage the back of your baby’s hand.

As you continue to contact your baby’s body, the quality of the massage will gradually improve.

During the massage, keep the movement consistent and even.

Dark massage 1.

From the baby’s retina, stroke it all the way down to the front of the baby’s body all the way to the toes, and give the baby a full body massage.

You can use one hand or both hands during massage, which is enough for your baby.

If two hands are used alternately, the movement should be kept consistent, and the hand cannot be released without the other hand taking over.

In this way, the baby will not feel the change of hands.


Use your fingertips to circle your baby’s chest without touching the nipples.

When sliding, pay attention to the massage technique of the ribs.

Use your little fingertips to gently slide along each rib, then slide back along the area between the two ribs, and gently muscle the area.

Move your hands behind your baby’s neck, gather your fingers, and the chest massage is over.

Body massage 1.

From the baby’s neck, rub it along the outside of the back, and gently massage the baby’s shoulder muscles.


Draw a circle on your baby’s shoulders, then slide your fingers toward the coaxial socket, and then slide along the muscles between the ribs to the center of the body.

Intercostal muscles are important for breathing.


Rub your baby’s arm and thigh back and forth. Whether the movement is slow, smooth, or powerful depends on the effect you want to achieve.

Fix your hands under the baby’s ribs and end the body massage.

Abdominal Massage If your baby is a newborn and the umbilical cord has not been replaced, do not massage the abdomen.

After the baby’s belly button is normal, the mother can stroke the baby’s belly in a clockwise direction with her fingertips or palm.


Abdominal massage is always performed in a clockwise direction, consistent with the direction of bowel movement.

While making the circle, try to lay your palms as flat as possible, and gently stroke the baby’s belly while watching the baby’s face.

When doing abdominal massage, especially communicate with the baby, and observe whether the baby has an uncomfortable reaction and feels pain.

It is especially gentle when massaging the lower abdomen because the bladder is in this area.

If you are stressed, your baby will feel unwell.

Use your fingers to make a circle around your baby’s navel.
Cross your left and right hands and place your right hand above the left. To avoid collision between the two hands, the fingers of the right hand are arched at the appropriate position.

Be careful not to massage too close to the belly button, and don’t cause the baby’s discomfort.

Leg massage 1.

Gently stroke the baby’s left leg down, then gently and smoothly slide back to the thigh.


Pinch down from your baby’s legs to feet.

You can pinch with both hands at the same time, or hold the baby’s heel with one hand, and squeeze and slide the other hand down the leg.

Your baby may kick at this time and “help” you to massage.

Encouraging your baby to coordinate and move freely is one of the purposes of massage, so don’t limit your baby’s response.

This experience is a joy and enjoyment for both mother and baby.


In the same way, massage your baby’s right leg.

Do not cause the baby to feel discomfort during the massage.

At the same time, make the baby’s face sideways in different directions at regular intervals.

Otherwise, it is always bad for the nerve center of the baby’s brain in one direction.

Foot massage 1.

Use your four fingers other than your thumb to stroke your baby’s toes.

Hold one’s heel with one hand, and touch the sole of the foot with the thumb of the other.

Then, put four fingers together on the baby’s toes, and rub the soles of his feet with his thumb and belly.

When rubbing the soles of your thumbs with your thumbs, you can apply a little more force, and the other fingers cannot.


Using the toes of the four fingers other than your thumb, massage the soles along the heels and toes.

When you massage, apply a little pressure and keep the technique stable.

Each time you massage your toenails, your fingers quickly return to your heels, and continue to the next massage according to the above steps.


Starting with the little toe, turn and stretch each toe gently.


Repeat the above steps to massage your baby’s other foot.

After the legs and feet are massaged, let the baby turn over and prone.

Back massage 1.

Hold your baby’s head in both hands, and rub your shoulders and back.

Massage your hands back and forth on your baby’s back.

When massaging, keep your five fingers close together, so that the palms and the fingers become a whole, focus on the hands and keep the strength even.

For newborns, just use your hands to slide from the neck to the top.

Then, repeat this gentle stroke multiple times.


After stroking the back of the baby with both hands, stop on the left.

Place your thumbs on both sides of your baby’s spine, with the other fingers of your hands together. Unless your baby is on both sides, your thumbs will slide the other fingers up and down.

When massaging, pay attention to the spine between your thumbs and do not press on the spine.
Buttocks massage 1.
Massage your baby’s chest.

Take care to avoid skin irritation during massage.

Use the “thin pinch, stretch, relax” three motions to rub the chest muscles, the whole process is only five fingers.

The chest muscles are the thickest in our bodies.

Avoid your baby’s anus when massaging.


Using your thumb, index and middle fingers, knead the muscles of your baby’s thighs and massage them all the way to the cheekbones (the lower end of the spine).

Massage the bottom of the tip in a fan shape to the sides until you reach the pelvis.

Finally, gently rub the baby’s head down to the toes to complete this part of the massage.

The number of times each movement is repeated during the massage depends on your baby’s response.

If the baby likes it, let him enjoy it a few more times, and if he is reluctant, there is no need to make it difficult.

Facial massage 1.

Help the baby to turn over, let his little face face you, and gently stroke his forehead with his belly.

Avoid eye area during massage, do not let massage oil get into baby’s eyes.


Touch your baby’s nose, stroke a few times around your mouth, then stroke your jaws, and then rub gently around the jawbone.

Before the massage, rub the baby from the head to the toes twice.

Don’t forget to give your baby a kiss and hug when the massage is over!

Baby’s massage oil Baby massage can only use base oil.

Use of essential oils is allowed only in exceptional circumstances.

The baby will sit down, and when he can easily move, he can use 20 ml of basic massage oil and add 1 drop of gentle essential oil to massage.

Be careful when adding essential oils while your baby is bathing.

Baby will splash when he sits up and get water in his mouth.

Therefore, it is more appropriate to bathe your baby with a replacement herbal essential oil, such as chamomile oil.

After the baby is one year old, the body massage can use 30 ml of base oil plus 3 drops of essential oil.

Do not rub the oil on his face until he is three or four years old.

When using essential oils for your baby, follow one rule: go too far.