When is a good time to massage my baby?
We recommend that your baby be in the “quiet alert state” to massage him/her. Your baby will look calm, gazing at you or be happy to lay still. As you learn your baby’s cues you will know when it is the right time.
Why should I massage my baby?
There are many benefits for your baby and you. Please look at our benefits page to learn more.
What kind of oil should I use?
You can use any organic cold pressed edible fruit or vegetable oil ie: grapeseed, safflower, sunflower, or olive. See our webpage on massage oils for details.
Why should I ask my baby if he wants a massage before starting a massage?
Babies understand much more than we realize. When babies are quiet and alert, we ask them if they would like a massage. This helps them know that they can say yes or no to touch. We respect their body ownership and watch their cues to know if they want massage or not.
Why should I attend an Infant Massage class?
While there are many books and videos available on Infant Massage, learning along with other parents from a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) is a more hands-on, interactive and personal experience. The CEIMs teach each of the strokes one-by-one so you will feel comfortable and confident that you are doing them correctly. CEIMs also help you understand your baby’s responses and can help answer any questions you may have about touch, bonding/attachment and other topics. During an Infant Massage class, you will also benefit from the interaction, knowledge and experience of other parents. Find a CEIM near you!
Why does a class last 4-6 weeks?
We like to introduce babies to massage at their own pace. We watch their cues and introduce new strokes gradually, week-to-week. During our Infant Massage classes, you will be introduced to new information gradually and build on previously taught techniques. Classes are designed to build relationships between parent and baby over time to instill trust and create positive associations. Long term training sessions also encourage engagement between parents fostering opportunities for ongoing support and friendships long after the classes are over.
Can both parents attend Infant Massage classes?
We encourage both parents to participate in Infant Massage classes. This gives your baby a chance to bond with each parent in his/her own way. Fathers and mothers often develop different styles and unique ways to interact with their babies, and these classes are a great opportunity for both parents to form a life-long bond with their child.
How often can I massage my baby?
Follow your baby’s cues. It is wonderful to have massage be part of the daily routine. You may give a massage in the morning or before an afternoon nap or after bath at night. Depending on your baby, you may do leg strokes at one time during the day, later do tummy strokes and back strokes at another time.
If you can do massage daily, that is wonderful for your baby. Some baby’s receive one or two massages a day.
When can I begin massaging my baby?
Introducing touch can be started soon after birth. Start with skin-to-skin care (aka Kangaroo Care). This involves placing your baby on your chest to facilitate close contact between you and your baby. You can gradually introduce back and leg strokes and then involve other parts of the baby’s body. By following your baby’s cues, looking for signs of being quiet and alert, you can begin massage during the first few weeks after birth and then gradually develop a nurturing routine that will last a lifetime.
What should I consider when looking for an Infant Massage class near me?
First, make sure the educator is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). This designation means that the instructor has attended a 4-day course, completed an exam as well as a practicum to gain the appropriate experience needed to teach parents. Also look for a course that is 4 to 6 weeks long. Infant Massage is best taught over several weeks so that new strokes and information are introduced gradually each week.
What should I bring to class?
Along with your normal diaper bag items, bring an extra receiving blanket and a pillow either for you to sit on or to prop up your baby.
Can I use an essential oil to massage my baby?
A baby’s sense of smell is very strong. For that reason, we don’t recommend using any fragrance near a young baby. As the the baby gets older, you can use fragrances to entice your baby to receive a massage. Learn more about appropriate oils.