Infant massage is a wonderful, loving way to welcome your baby into the world. Research shows that with regular touch babies cry less and sleep significantly better.feet.fw

benefits for baby… New studies are finding what parents in other cultures have known for centuries. Spending just a few minutes a day practicing infant massage greatly benefits both you and baby.

  • Improves digestion
  • Helps increase circulation
  • Relaxes and calms a fussy baby
  • Raises the child’s sense of self

using oils for special conditions…

  • Enhance the relaxation experience for your child
  • Lessen congestion if the child has a cold or stuffy nose
  • Ease gas pains associated with digestion

benefits for you …

  • Relaxes you
  • Promotes a sense of parenting confidence
  • Can help calm you after a hectic day
  • Helps strengthen the bond between you and your child
  • Improves non verbal communication

While the techniques in this video are geared toward infants who have not yet begun to walk, the benefits don’t end there. Many parents say the art of loving healing touch continues, becoming a natural part of child care and providing a safe, relaxing environment for both of you!

How long should I massage my baby?
Start with a few minutes, then build up to ten to twenty minutes, once or twice a day. Start slowly and see how you and your baby are responding.

When is the best time?
In the morning when your baby is quietly alert, or before or after a bath… or in the evening just before sleep.

What if I don’t have enough time for a full massage?
If you find that you don’t have enough time for a full massage, incorporate sequences like legs and feet or arms and shoulders or abdomen into baby care times… bathing, changing diapers, any time you are naturally spending time together.

When should I stop infant massage?
Massage until your baby is about six or seven months old and is starting to crawl. But the benefits of baby massage are still there. Many parents find children like the massage to continue, and that it helps them to relax. See how you both feel, maybe a good back rub before bed will become a part of your lives together.

Through our research, we have found a number of great websites, reference materials and products that we would like to suggestion to our browsers.

Birth & Babies: Online
Online education about pregnancy and the first few months following birth from the Calgary Health Region.

Alberta Health Services – Parents
This website contain information about baby vaccines (immunizations), safety, everyday care, parenting, growth and development, and common health concerns.

Healthy Parents – Healthy Children
A practical guide to pregnancy and being a parent.

Parent Link Centres
Parent Link Centres provide parent and family support to families in Alberta. Each centre provides services based on the needs of families in its particular community. 

Edmonton Child Magazine
Established in 2003, Edmonton’s Child Magazine is recognized by the families of Edmonton and the surrounding communities, as well as caregivers, educators, health care professionals, and local media, as the source for information about all things family – including classes, programs, activities and support for families in our area.

Calgary’s Child Magazine
Since it first hit the newsstands in 1994, Calgary’s Child Magazine has been supporting, connecting and informing parents in innovative ways.  

Alberta’s Top Baby Names
Each year Service Alberta, the provincial department responsible for vital statistics, publishes a list of Alberta’s top baby names. It’s a favourite with parents who are attempting to choose the perfect name for their child. The list of most popular girl and boy names is compiled from the Registration of Live Birth forms completed by parents.