Touch is an important way to communicate with your baby. Infants need touch to be healthy, to grow and develop. Infant massage is a special way of touching your baby that has many benefits.
Undress your baby down to her diaper. You may start with the legs and feet using slow, long, gentle strokes. Then move to the chest, starting with a long stroke at the stomach that moves up to the shoulders. Then, continue the long slow strokes down the arms. End with massaging the baby's back, slowly moving from the bottom up to the shoulders. Pay attention to what your baby likes the most.
Infant massage comes naturally to many parents. However, babies who have a seizure disorder or some other health problems may not respond well to infant massage. If you have trouble, find a massage therapist who specializes in infant massage. You may also be able to take a class to learn how to massage your baby. Check with your healthcare provider, community center, hospital, or massage centers in your area.