Infant Massage

The importance of touch, our most important sense until well into childhood…

I am a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) trained to show you how to massage your baby.

The sense of touch is your baby’s most important sense.  The International Association of Infant Massage encourages you to have some nurturing touch time with your baby every day.

Use a light cooking oil such as grapeseed (cold pressed is best) when massaging your baby.  It will warm in your hands as you rub them together and is safe if it gets on baby’s hands.  Lotions don’t warm up in the same way and also sink into your skin quickly, meaning you’ll use more of it.  Baby oil is mineral oil, a petroleum byproduct and not meant for eating.

Some benefits of infant massage…

  • Ease colic
  • Help teething pain
  • Improved sleep
  • Bonding
  • Improves growth (stimulates growth hormones)
  • It’s fun!
  • and many more

Rhymes and songs that combine eye contact and touch can be helpful in maintaining baby’s interest.  Here’s one to try:

Pat your head

Rub your tummy

Tickle your toes

And hug your mummy

And here’s another one (press with your thumbs on the sole of baby’s foot as you say the rhyme):

Pitty patty polt

Shoe the wild colt

Here’s a nail, there’s a nail

Pitty patty polt