At this stage your baby will be much more active, writhing, sitting, crawling and trying to stand up. Remember that it is normal for an active baby to move a lot, so you can be creative with the massages, working any part of the body. It’s also time to introduce more fun, such as songs, rhymes and games, into the massage routine. It adapts the movements of the massages to this more active stage of its development.
Massages help develop your self-esteem and your ability to relate to others, as well as encourage coordination and strengthen you when you start walking.
Rubbing your legs in the massage is a fun activity that helps the baby to become more aware of his own body. When you see that the child likes the movement, you can repeat it and sing a song. Sing slowly so the child can accompany you. Rub the leg with your hands, from thigh to ankle. If the baby’s legs are longer, adjust the movement and see from the knee to the ankle.
If the baby wants to remain seated, you can adapt the massage to this position. This posture helps you prepare to sit unassisted and strengthens your back muscles. It can also become a relaxing habit before going to bed.
Lower from the neck to the buttocks, first with one hand and then with the other. It is possible that the baby wants to play with a toy while giving the massage.
Soft movements are a series of simple exercises that help your baby develop coordination, keep your spine straight, and improve your flexibility. You can learn more if you go to a massage class, but here’s an example.
Cross the arms of the baby on his chest three times, alternating the arm that is above. Then gently pull the arms out to the sides. The rhythm is as follows: cross-cross-cross-open. Repeat.
End the massage by giving your baby a kiss and a hug.
Thanks to the massages, you can know better how your baby communicates and give you ideas to take care of him during his first months of life. Together you will discover what is best for both of you. It’s important to keep in mind that massage is something you do with your baby and not something you do to your baby.
The movements that we have indicated to give the messages are based on CHILDHOOD MASSAGE: practical guide for the father and the mother, of Vimala McClure, founder of the International Association of the Infantile Massage.
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