Welcome

Welcome to the start of something wonderful – massaging your baby. Regular massage of your baby regularly has many physical and emotional benefits.

From improving their sleep to reducing the effects of colic and reflux. It can also provide you the opportunity to bond more deeply and research has shown it can help reduce stress for both of you.

Massage is something that both parents can do.

My aim is to share with you through short videos how to get started and what to do. I have included supporting information and resources to help your learning – as you ‘find your feet’ as a parent, and ensure your baby has every opportunity for healthy physical development.

My youngest son and I share a moment after his massage (2003)

Being online makes learning more accessible and you can choose to interact with me via social media or email – I’m available online to answer your questions and discuss any concerns you may have. And of course look forward to hearing your stories and seeing photos as you embark on this journey.

  • Each module has some information for you to read before watching the instruction video
  • Instruction videos are set up and paced so that you can massage your baby at the same time, you can press pause at any time, or replay
  • You can opt for captions with the videos – should you want to watch them during your middle of the night feeds!
  • Below each video are links to supporting information, checklists and ways to contact me

To give and receive touch is key to health and wellbeing. Massaging your baby from birth helps you learn more about them and their body, and they learn to enjoy a loving nurturing touch. This course is a guide, a place to start. I wish for you to discover the joys of massaging your baby and developing your own ways and techniques that both you and your baby enjoy.

The course is structured to flow from one module to the next in the sequence they appear. My recommendation is to begin with the first two modules – ‘What you’ll need’ and ‘Positions & Cues’ as these will help you get started. Then get yourself and your baby ready to learn the ‘Legs and Feet’ routine. Practice this routine for 4-5 days, several times a day if you (and your baby) likes before embarking on the next module!

Time and your baby’s willingness will dictate how fast or slow you progress through the rest of the modules. Build on each module until at the end you have a full compliment of techniques you can use to suit any time.

After you have learnt to massage your baby’s feet, legs and stomach there is a simple daily routine, we then go on and complete learning how to massage the rest of their body. You can then pick and choose what you do each time you massage, or at the very least do the daily routine.

  • Watch the video below (3 min)
  • Review the list of ‘Benefits of Infant Massage’ and share them with your partner
  • Join our community on Facebook
  • Enjoy the bonus material on Touch from my book ‘Finding Their Feet – Every parents guide to milestones and movement’. This goes into more detail about benefits and what is happening under the skin!

Disclaimer: Infant massage is not a substitute for medical care. If your baby is unwell or you are concerned contact your primary health care provider or doctor. If your baby has any congenital conditions (present from birth) you may wish to consult your paediatrician, in most cases infant massage is fine or may just need to be adapted.