What they didn’t tell you about Baby Massage

Our little E had his first baby massage session a couple of weeks ago, and as I told you before on another post, it was interesting…

Before anything, let me share with you first our expectations:

When you think of baby massage you think of a wonderful experience where your baby is going to feel completely relaxed and he will follow along every movement you make to him… kinda like in this picture:

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Hands hold softly baby’s feet while baby is looking somewhere thinking on how wonderful he’s feeling in that moment.

But what it really happens has something more to do with this picture:

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Baby looks at you like saying “Are you sure you want to touch my feet??..” and he starts moving all around, you try to grab his feet, just as in the picture,  his leg, one side first, then the other… just as the instructor in a peaceful quiet voice is telling you to do but he is not in the mood for that. And if he is not in the mood, no other baby will be, cause you know, they communicate with each other so when one starts complaining the other 9 babies in the room will follow him. Of course, you’ve got the experienced one, the 6-7 months old baby that knows his stuff and is making the pose, as if it was some sort of Yoga instructor, showing the rest how it is supposed to be done.

Anyway, other thing you don’t think of is how are you going to feel when massaging your baby. Let me tell you, emotionally in a bliss because of that bonding experience, physically drained out because of the backache you are going to have when you finish the session. Seriously, there is no right position for you when you have a baby laid on the floor, either you are crushing your knee or you’re breaking your back for bending so much.

Also, what happens if the baby falls asleep just before the session? Can he feel more relaxed than by being asleep?! Oh well, the second time we went to one of these sessions he fell asleep on the car so when we got there we actually “invited” him to wake up. He finally did, so we were able to join the group. The ironies of trying to help your baby relax!

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Oh well, these are just a few things to consider, make sure your baby is awake, has been fed and in a good mood…otherwise the baby massage won’t be nothing like you imagine it to be!

We don’t want to leave you with a negative feeling though, so to be honest, practise has made a big difference, and the second time we went was much better than the first time. He was more used to it. We’re planning to do this at home now that we know what it’s about, so if we get to record it we will share it with all of you on our YouTube channel, and you can practise it with us.

In case you get curious, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to massage a baby. Honestly, it was a fun experience, and spending time with your little one is just simply the best. So give it a try and tell us about it!

 

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15 Comments

  1. Friday May 20th, 2016 / 07:39 PM

    Great post. My children are no longer babies, but if I had a baby I would definitely give this a try! #FabFridayPost

    • elituesbay
      Friday May 20th, 2016 / 07:43 PM

      hehe, it is fun Daile 😉 Thanks for stopping by xx

  2. moderatemum
    Friday May 20th, 2016 / 09:42 PM

    Baby massage was one of my ‘tried but failed’ newborn activities but I got my own routine going with the help of Youtube. My boy still enjoys winding down with a foot rub now that he’s two #pocolo

    • elituesbay
      Friday May 20th, 2016 / 10:01 PM

      haha..cute! definitely it’s one of those things you need to try to find out how it is.. 😉 thanks for stopping by! xx

  3. Saturday May 21st, 2016 / 10:03 AM

    My son managed 2 sessions, the first one he screamed the second he just decided to repeatedly poo…explosive nappies are not relaxing…for either of us..I on the other hand would love a massage..sadly when I ask my now 5 year old he karate chops my back…#Fridayfrolics

    • elituesbay
      Saturday May 21st, 2016 / 11:39 AM

      Hahaha that’s the usual stuff.. Same thing with my 4y.old! Thanks for stopping by 😉 X

  4. Sunday May 22nd, 2016 / 10:29 AM

    Aww… wonderful! I took Ethan to baby massages sessions too – didn’t have a chance with Evelyn – too busy looking after the two of them at the same time. But Ethan was great he was very easily ease with the massages and nearly fell asleep at one time. It is true though about the sitting position for the parents – it can be a killer of you have bad back – which is most probably you will be after carrying the little one in the tummy for 9 months or so!

    Thank you so much for joining us on #FaFridayPost 🙂 x

    • elituesbay
      Sunday May 22nd, 2016 / 07:28 PM

      so true Su! and now my arm is killing me due to carrying him around! haha (always complaining..) I’m glad you had such a great experience with Ethan 🙂 Thanks for stopping by xx

  5. Sunday May 22nd, 2016 / 07:53 PM

    Fab post – I did baby massage with my daughter (now 8) and am doing it again with my son (4 months). I’ve really enjoyed it but to be fair my expectations were extremely low! lol I just wanted him not to scream throughout and to let me do at least some of the massage. I’ve also been really lucky both times to have a totally baby led massage group – so if the baby doesn’t like it, you stop. If he’s asleep, you leave him irrespective of missing the session and so on. I inevitably end up Feeding Finley half way through the session! The good thing is though that we do get a chance to do some at home and it’s a lovely thing to do with him when we are home alone so to speak. I have also now found some particular bits that he does seem to like so I stick to them.
    #PoCoLo

    • elituesbay
      Sunday May 22nd, 2016 / 09:30 PM

      definitely Sharon 🙂 totally agree with you, being able to practise it at home makes a big difference and you get to find out what he enjoys the most. Thanks a lot for your comment! xx

  6. Sunday May 22nd, 2016 / 08:41 PM

    I went to a first time mums group. Each week they did a talk on feeding or sleeping or other ‘hot topics’. 30 babies in the room. I ever heard a word of those talks!!! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    • elituesbay
      Sunday May 22nd, 2016 / 09:35 PM

      haahahaha this actually made me LOL! it is the irony of these type of groups! 😉 Thanks for stopping by xx

  7. Monday May 23rd, 2016 / 12:33 PM

    Oh yes, baby massage is absolutely brutal on your back!
    I tried baby massage with my little man when he was a newborn, and he hated it! We created our own little lotion & bedtime routine though, which he absolutely loved <3 #FabFridayPost

    • elituesbay
      Monday May 23rd, 2016 / 01:53 PM

      Aw cute! See, at the end is just finding our own way to bond with them! Thanks for the comment xx

  8. Wednesday May 25th, 2016 / 04:16 PM

    Love that you had to wake him up for this – cute pictures too. Thanks for linking up to #PoCoLo 🙂

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