Baby Massage - A Powerful Parenting Tool

Baby Massage - A Powerful Parenting Tool
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Hi Everyone, It's Margaret Wallis Duffy And I'm Super Excited to be coming to You Today On PHAM's Healthy Baby And Children's Day,

As a Registered Massage Therapist and an Internationally Certified Infant Massage Instructor with three decades of clinical experience, I want to discuss the benefits and techniques of baby massage and how it can positively impact a baby's growth and development.

It is important to understand a baby's body language and cues so that you can appropriately respond to their cues during a massage. It is critically important to recognize that there is a difference between giving massage with the baby, not to the baby in order to build trust and empower the child.

Check out the video for practical and effective tips on when and how to massage a baby, including choosing the right massage oil. Although a comprehensive baby massage program can be hours long, today I am going to get you started by demonstrating some of the basic leg massage techniques and discusses the use of massage for gas, colic, and teething.

I love to layer tips and tools and will introduce you to some effective tools and techniques, such as homeopathic remedies and the Kahlmi, a researched vibrating device, to enhance the benefits of baby massage.

Baby massage grows with your baby and can have long-term benefits on your children's health and well-being.

Takeaways

  • Baby massage has numerous benefits for a baby's growth and development.
  • Understanding babies' body language and responding to their cues is crucial during massage.
  • Giving massage with the baby, not to the baby, builds trust and empowers the child.
  • Choosing the right massage oil and using proper techniques are important for effective baby massage.
  • Effective practical hands on techniques to add to your parenting toolbox to help with gas/colic, teething, sleep and more.

Chapters

00:00 Introduction and Background

00:58 The Power of Touch and Baby Massage

07:40 Giving Massage with Your Baby, Not to Your Baby

09:09 Importance of Baby's Consent and Control

10:31 When and How to Massage Your Baby

11:58 Choosing the Right Massage Oil

14:10 Basic Leg Massage Techniques

19:04 Abdominal Massage for Colic/Gas and Digestion

23:27 Massage for Teething

28:40 Additional Tools and Techniques

36:18 Benefits of Baby Massage for Children as they age- ie. Growing pains