Baby Massage - the Touch of Love
Baby Massage brought to you by JOHNSON’S® Baby
Ask permission. Sometimes a child may be tired and any stimulation is too much.
Make a single downward stroke with your right hand on baby's left belly (your right). Make an upside down L going from your left to right. Make an upside down U going from your left to right.
Start with both hands together at the top of the back. Move your hands back and forth in opposite directions, going down the back to the buttocks.
First lift the arm and stroke the armpit a few times, massaging the important lymph nodes in that area.
Hold hands together around baby's arm at the shoulder. Then move hands in opposite directions, back and forth, from the shoulder to the hand, gently squeezing as you do.
Roll the legs between your hands from knee to ankle.
With the thumbs make a smile on the upper, then lower lip.
Using the outside of each hand, make paddling strokes on baby's tummy, one hand following the other.
Using your fingertips, walk across baby's tummy from your left to right.
Hold your baby's legs with your left hand and grasp the ankles. Repeat the paddling motion, using the right hand only.
Hold the legs as if you were holding a baseball bat. Then move hands up the leg together, turning in opposite directions and squeezing slightly.
With both hands together at the centre of the chest, softly push out to the sides, following the rib cage, as if you were flattening the pages of a book. Without lifting the hands from the body, bring them around in a heart shaped motion to the centre again.