Have you considered giving your baby a massage? If not, you should! Giving your baby a massage is a great...
Have you considered giving your baby a massage? If not, you should! Giving your baby a massage is a great -- and simple -- way to promote bonding. But there are more benefits to baby massage. It can also accomplish the following:
- Increased circulation
- Improved digestion
- Better interaction between mom and baby
if he is interested in what you are doing, is making eye contact with you, and he isn't fussy.In my experience, if my babies just weren't in the mood for anything "quiet," it wasn't worth trying at that moment. I waited until they were calmer -- which meant I was calmer, too! Also, don't worry if your baby isn't interested in anything more than a few minutes in the beginning. Dr. Berman says that your baby's tolerance for massage will grow as you do it more often. Pay attention to his body language and respond to it. I think that it's very important you don't allow this to be a stressor. If it's not working, try again later. Giving your baby a massage should be a relaxing and bonding experience for both of you, not something that stresses either of you! If you're not sure where to start, of if you're a visual learner, check out this how-to video. How cute is that baby?!