The Secret To A Fussy Baby: Massage

infantmassageResearch has shown that baby massage can help ease teething pains, tummy troubles, boost muscle development, and soothe a fussy baby to sleep. Out of the five senses, touch is the one that is most developed at birth, which is why infant massage has tremendous benefits for supporting baby’s growth and development. Here’s an introduction to the art of baby massage.
Pick a Comfortable Ambiance
Make sure the room is at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit so baby doesn’t catch a chill, dim the lights, and play some relaxing music. You can massage baby on your bed, on their changing table, even on your couch. Just remember to put a towel underneath to avoid oil stains.
Unscented Massage Oils Are Best
If you’re going to use an oil so your hand glides more easily over baby’s body, we recommend going with something unscented and vegetable/fruit based. Good oil options are olive, grape seed, coconut, and avocado to name a few. These oils are easily absorbed into baby’s skin. We recommend staying away from nut oils because of potential allergies and mineral oil because they can clog pores. Here’s one of our favorite.
Read Your Baby’s Cues
Not all babies like being massaged all the time, they have to be in the mood. If as soon as you lay your hands on them they start to cry, save the massage session for a later time. And not every session needs to include a full-body massage. If your baby decides he’s had enough after you massaged his feet and legs, that’s fine as well.
The Importance of Baby Massage
What matters is that you try to turn baby massage into a daily routine. It sets aside a special time where you can bond with baby one-on-one and help them find their inner-zen, as well as yours. This is also a great opportunity for dads to get hands-on care time with baby, especially if they work and baby is breastfed. The important thing to remember, whether it be mom or dad, is that the warmth and stroke of your hands on baby releases a feel-good hormone that instantly soothes and helps them develop mentally, socially, and physically.
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In this two hour class you will:
-Learn how to give your baby a basic full-body massage
– Learn protocols to relieve gas, constipation, colic and stress
– Learn songs and rhymes to accompany massage
– Learn through massage how to nourish your child’s well-being, enhancing brain development and emotional and physical health
– Bond with your baby
– Build confidence in caring for your child

The Truth Behind Teething

Your baby’s first tooth will appear between the ages of 3 and 7 months, although some babies get their tooth a bit earlier and others a bit later. All 20 baby teeth will be present when your child is around 2 1/2 years old. When your baby starts drooling, they are most likely starting the teething process. Other symptoms include puffy or swollen gums, putting fingers in mouth, and fussiness.

What Causes the Pain?
Not the teeth cutting through the gums; this is a common misconception. Baby’s teeth do not cut through the flesh of the gums. Biologically, special chemicals are released that cause the cells in the gum to separate and recede, allowing new teeth to come through. This process is not painful. Think about when you were 7 years old and had an adult tooth come in after you lost your baby tooth. Did that hurt?

Pain is in the Bacteria.
Pain during teething is generally a result of infection or inflammation of the gum tissue, which is generally caused by bacteria and food deposits getting caught in tiny gum flaps around the emerging tooth.

Preventing the Pain:
Dentists recommend beginning dental care before the first baby tooth even appears. Clean baby’s gums everyday to reduce bacteria and food build-up by using a clean gauze and cooled, boiled water or baby Dental Wipes. To relieve the current pain, take a look at our teething guide below for other great products that help.