Babies love a gentle touch. This is especially true when the little ones feel uneasy. During their first three months, many children suffer from what is known as infant colic. A gentle massage can provide a feeling of calm and ease colic. Starting in their fourth week babies can be massaged daily.
The perfect moment
Baby should be well fed and rested to fully enjoy the massage. About an hour before or after eating, or after a bath, is an ideal time. Regular massages can ease gas pains and prevent colic.
The road to happiness
Warm hands make for a comfortable massage feeling. After rubbing a few drops of oil in each hand, you’re ready to go: Start with stroking motions from baby’s head to feet. After this gentle beginning, perform the exercises shown below for complete relaxation.
Note! In order to provide babies with perfect relaxation, it is recommended to first contact a trained specialist in baby massage (i.e. midwives, paediatric nurses, baby massage practitioners). They can show parents how to perfect every stroke.
All around well-being
- Complete relaxation begins with a calm atmosphere.
- Babies feel best in a warm room with a temperature of 23 to 26°C.
- Babies are more comfortable lying on a soft, thick pad.
- Breathe deeply: Parents can also relax during the massage.
- Vegetable oils, e.g. olive oil, turn the massage into a luxury – avoid using essential oils!
- Time for two: Parents are involved with the baby and its reactions.
Relaxing goes into overtime
After the massage, extend the wellness program. For example, babies can lay warmly bundled in their parent’s arms. An intimate time for two is guaranteed and colic troubles are soon forgotten.
The MAM Anti colic bottle has a vented base so babies swallow less air and drink in a completely relaxed way. Confirmed not only by scientific studies but also by 80% of mothers*.
Particularly convenient: The MAM Anti colic bottle can be self-sterilised in the microwave in 3 minutes. Simple, hygienic sterilisation.
*Market research USA 2010, n=35 / Field study Austria 2011, n=73
You can get a free sample MAM anti colic bottle and soother on the MAM online shop by using the code: TRYMEFREE
Dream Team against colic: Massage and Yoga