Babies love to be cuddled and be spoken and sung to, baby massage brings positive
The benefits of baby massage are:
Better understanding of baby’s needs
Confidence in handling babies
Can help with bonding and attachment
Gives one to one time with baby
The interactive songs can help with babies language development
Both mum and dad can do it (as can older children/grandparents/carers)
It’s relaxing for both parent and baby
Massage can lower the stress hormone cortisol, helping improve the immune system
It can help with sleep, colic, constipation and teething
Meeting other parents and babies
Baby massage is usually carried out after the babies 6/8 week doctor’s check until
they can roll over;
this ensures that all is well with the baby before a full baby massage sequence is
Before 6-8 weeks the baby may not like to be undressed and they lose heat faster
the younger they are, it may be possible to massage their hands and feet and to use
holding techniques to help calm them.
If a baby has additional needs this does not always stop them having massage, permission
should be sought from the doctor/consultant looking after the baby and the movements
and positioning can be adapted to suit the baby.
Group sessions are carried out over 4 to 5 weeks and last 1 to 1½ hours.
If you are a parent living in Midlothian, baby massage can be accessed at a local
Midlothian Sure Start centre for free.
You need to bring:
Yourself and the baby(s)
A changing mat
A drink (milk or water) if not breastfeeding.
We will provide:
50 ml of 100% pure cold pressed sunflower oil
Instruction sheets for taking home including – massage strokes,
songs and foot reflexology points.
Certificate of attendance
A relaxing time
Donations towards the cost of the oils are welcome.