The Benefits of Baby Massage The Benefits of Baby Massage
The art of baby massage has been practised around the world for thousands of years. While the benefits of baby or infant massage were... The Benefits of Baby Massage

The art of baby massage has been practised around the world for thousands of years.

While the benefits of baby or infant massage were intuitively known, recent research has now confirmed what many parents knew all along – that baby massage is indeed good for both parent and child.

Some of the incredible proven benefits of massaging your baby include:

  • improved parent-infant interaction
  • improved sleep and relaxation for baby
  • reduced crying
  • positive impact on stress hormones
  • small weight gain improvements in premature babies.

Massage is thought to relax the body by stimulating the autonomic nervous system, which controls heart rate and digestion, amongst other bodily processes.


Once you combine this with the benefits of ‘skin-to-skin’ contact between mother and child, which releases attachment building hormones such as oxytocin, you can see why baby massage can be a powerful parenting practice.

Types of Massages

Leg Massage

Gently but firmly wrap your hands around your baby’s leg and glide your hands down from thigh to ankle. Do this a few times; then repeat on the other leg.

Belly Massage

Place your hands at the level of your baby’s navel. In a clockwise motion, rub your fingertips firmly and gently over her tummy in a circular motion. Repeat.

Arm Massage

Gently roll your baby’s arm between your hands, starting at his shoulder and moving down to his wrist. Repeat two to three times, and then switch to his other arm.

Neck Massage

Support your infant’s head and upper body with one hand. Place the thumb of your other hand on one side of her neck and your first two fingers on the other side. Then use your fingertips to gently rub your baby’s neck in a circular motion. Repeat these circles a few times.

Colic-Relief Massage

First give your baby a belly massage. Then bend his knees up to his tummy and hold for about 30 seconds before releasing. Repeat a few times. Then place the edge of one hand on your baby’s belly, gliding from the belly button down in a rhythmic pattern, to help release pent-up gas. Repeat if needed.

Hold Me Close

Skin-to-skin contact is good for all babies, but it’s especially helpful for infants born prematurely. That’s why most neonatal intensive care units encourage “kangaroo care,” where a mom places her preemie on her bare chest, holding him tummy-to-tummy. “This kind of contact relaxes a preterm infant and can help him grow,” says Susan Ludington, PhD, a professor of pediatric nursing at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, who has studied kangaroo care extensively.

A Worldwide Technique

The practice began in South America in the late 1970s as a way to care for preemies in poor areas with limited neonatal care. Because it has so many benefits, kangaroo care subsequently became popular around the globe. “We know that this kind of skin-to-skin contact can encourage sleep and weight gain and can reduce infections and breathing problems in preterm infants,” Dr. Ludington says.

A Boon for All Babies

Even full-term babies can benefit: In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that healthy, full-term babies who’d had kangaroo care slept more, fussed and cried less, and made fewer startled motions than those who went straight to the nursery.

Henry Okafor

  • Monique

    2017-01-23 #1 Author

    I think the baby will be come will you massage them I think it will help them out a lot baby massage rock…

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    • Mika Amos

      2017-01-26 #2 Author

      I love this article. My baby can get gassy from time to time so I use the colic relief massage quite a lot and she loves it. I am going try the other massages tonight ! Great article

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      • Brielle

        2017-01-28 #3 Author

        This really does work for colic relief! My son had it bad when he was small and I always would massage his belly and it always seemed to work!

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    • Monique Montgomery

      2017-02-03 #4 Author

      Baby massages are awesome , a great way to get your baby to sleep. I give both my son who’s 1 & my daughter who’s only 3 weeks old massages after a bath. I massage theirs bodies while lotioning them , afterwards i hold them foe about 5 to q0 minutes & they both be knocked out for the night !!! Works like a charm

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  • Shakyra Wimbush

    2017-01-23 #5 Author

    I give my baby massages after every bath and it seems to relax him more

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    • Alexis

      2017-01-27 #6 Author

      I do this every time I bathe my son. He goes right to sleep!

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    • Alicia

      2017-01-28 #7 Author

      I massage my son after he get out the bathe or whenever he crying , he lets me do it without a problem and I use coconut oil

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    • Giselle Young

      2017-01-28 #8 Author

      My baby boy loves bath time and getting his massage every night it puts him straight to sleep

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    • Monique Montgomery

      2017-02-03 #9 Author

      I give my both my children massages while lotioning theirs bodies after they’ve had a long warm bath ( i also massage them while bathing them then i let them relax even more by sitting in the warm water ) my son who’s one goes to sleep in the tub while getting his massage lol & mt daughter falls asleep before i can even get her clothes on after her lotioning massage , it works like a charm , even for adults! !! I also massage my husband with baby oil after he has had a warm bath & he be knocked out before the massage is over

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  • Shakyra

    2017-01-23 #10 Author

    It seems to relax them more too !

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  • Tina

    2017-01-23 #11 Author

    It really helps when they are really moodey I do it on my babe all the time

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  • Grace

    2017-01-23 #12 Author

    My daughter, gets too tired When she comes home from the kindergarten and Just got tips on how to releave her before bedtime.!

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  • Amber

    2017-01-24 #13 Author

    Your advice is really helpful

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  • Okwume ezinne

    2017-01-24 #14 Author

    It makes the babies perfectly okay and relaxed to sleep well, most especially after bathing the child

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  • sameera

    2017-01-24 #15 Author

    wow..
    my wife give my baby massages after every bath.
    amazing it seems to relax my daughter more..

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  • Latifah Carrington

    2017-01-24 #16 Author

    My son loves to be rubbed down that’s the only way he will sleep!

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  • Yonna b

    2017-01-24 #17 Author

    My baby girl loves her massages i gove her one afer ever bath with coconut oil & she falls right to sleep

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  • Elizabeth Jefferson

    2017-01-24 #18 Author

    Wow! This is wonderful. My pediatrician didn’t give me this knowledge and just by reading this can reduce doctor visits. I’m so thankful for this information and will be reading these articles more often. ❤️️

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  • Julia Hernandez

    2017-01-24 #19 Author

    I’m going to do this to my baby he’s gonna be happy

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  • Syed Ali Shah

    2017-01-24 #20 Author

    Legs Massage is the best way to make Baby Fit

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  • Angel

    2017-01-25 #21 Author

    Great facts good to know massaging my son does more than just put him to sleep lol

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  • akhil kachhara

    2017-01-25 #22 Author

    Such a meaningful article!!
    Pls keep on posting articles like these… helps a lot!!
    thanks

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  • Morgan

    2017-01-25 #23 Author

    I love this! My daughters loved to be massaged! It’s relaxing to the babies. I feel like everyone should be taught how to correctly massage their baby so cute!

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  • nini

    2017-01-25 #24 Author

    my daughter loves them

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  • Tiara Guibord

    2017-01-25 #25 Author

    I use coconut oil to massage my daughter at night and it helps her sleep much better.

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  • Shontanique

    2017-01-25 #26 Author

    I gave my nephew a baby massage after giving him a bath and it seems to relax him more , a few times while doing it he fell straight to sleep

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  • Whisper Simmons

    2017-01-25 #27 Author

    I give my baby a massage after EVERY bath she’s in love with it!

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  • Terika

    2017-01-26 #28 Author

    my baby loves to get the massages

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  • Jay

    2017-01-26 #29 Author

    Am I suppose to message my baby everyday or just when it seem like they need it

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  • Jenny

    2017-01-26 #30 Author

    Skin to skin is good for keeping a good temperature amd bonding ❤

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  • Jenny

    2017-01-26 #31 Author

    Skin to skin is a good way to keep a good temp and bond

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  • Alexys

    2017-01-26 #32 Author

    I have a 10 month old that fights his sleep occasionally, soo these are some great ideas that I will try after giving him a nice warm bath before bed. Thanks??

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  • Micah Franklin

    2017-01-26 #33 Author

    This would have come in handy about 5 yrs ago my friends baby had colic and was very cranky. Going to put this to use

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  • Shawneequa

    2017-01-26 #34 Author

    My baby loves it

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  • Jay

    2017-01-26 #35 Author

    Should I massage every day or just wen she seems stressed

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  • Briosha watkins

    2017-01-26 #36 Author

    I massaged my boys every night after their bath with some bedtime baby lotion and it put them straight to sleep.

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  • Briosha Watkins

    2017-01-26 #37 Author

    I massaged my boys whole body after a hot bath with bedtime lotion and they go straight to sleep

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  • Tonya Wallace

    2017-01-26 #38 Author

    I am very interested in trying the different techniques with Grandson. Definitely sharing this! Thank you!

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  • Jessica Holman

    2017-01-26 #39 Author

    Great to know. I’ll definitely try this with my son 🙂

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  • Shiner Mcdonald

    2017-01-26 #40 Author

    Thanks will make sure to always give her that massage

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  • Kennedy

    2017-01-27 #41 Author

    babies love massages it relaxes them especially after baths! My little sister & brother loves when I rub them gently..

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  • Rick

    2017-01-27 #42 Author

    It seems to relax them more to

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  • Makaya young

    2017-01-27 #43 Author

    It does help I do it to bryson everytime we get out the tub

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  • Renai

    2017-01-27 #44 Author

    The Arabia do this to relaxing our children before sleeping

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  • Renai

    2017-01-27 #45 Author

    We the arabian do this too to our babies before sleeping to relax them

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  • Marquitta Wallace

    2017-01-27 #46 Author

    I will def be doing this when my baby comes

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  • Shateala

    2017-01-27 #47 Author

    I do this with my youngest since im a lil more experienced with babies. He loves it and it is also another bonding method for mother and baby

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  • Meri

    2017-01-27 #48 Author

    Very useful article, I totally believe in the adventages of a baby massage. Practising it daily, will make mommy-baby connection even stronger.

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  • Samiyah Hinton

    2017-01-27 #49 Author

    I really have to try the Colic-Relief massage. My son is really fussy at times when he’s gassy

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  • Sharlotte

    2017-01-27 #50 Author

    This helps my baby to relax and settle better to sleep ?

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  • Sharlotte

    2017-01-27 #51 Author

    This helps my baby boy relax and also settle to sleep better ?

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  • Jessica watts

    2017-01-27 #52 Author

    This helps my baby relax! Great article!

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  • Geanay

    2017-01-28 #53 Author

    My daughter love massage on her feet.

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  • Rubylyn lumosad

    2017-01-28 #54 Author

    I did massage my baby every morning after taking a bath.. and my baby was so relax. And have more time to play..

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  • Ruby Yu Baldonado

    2017-01-28 #55 Author

    It is really important in doing massage to our baby..so that their bones and muscles will be relaxing..I love doing massage in my baby..she feels so comfortable…

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  • Taniqia

    2017-01-28 #56 Author

    I massage my son’s back and feet once he comes out of the bath and he falls asleep lol I think it’s so cute and it really calms them down especially the foot massages!!!

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  • Daniella

    2017-01-28 #57 Author

    It keep my daughter relaxed ?

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  • Katherine BC

    2017-01-28 #58 Author

    What good way to relax baby

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  • Jamar

    2017-01-28 #59 Author

    Will definitely start these techniques ?

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  • Katie.

    2017-01-28 #60 Author

    This seems like a beautiful thing, I don’t have any baby’s but I have a little brother who we aren’t able to do this for because he does live in a nursing home but I wish we could do this for him. If you’re able to do it for your baby than do it, seems like they love it from what I’ve read this is a beautiful artice.

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  • Desiree Freeland

    2017-01-28 #61 Author

    I love infant the massage. I did this for my daughter tonight and she seemed to go right to sleep after being moody for awhile.

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  • clarisse deliquina

    2017-01-28 #62 Author

    I gave my niece a very nice and relaxing massage to sleep him better

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    • Lilian

      2017-01-28 #63 Author

      My baby love this stage of massaging her….she is sleeping relaxed afterward.

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    • Jenifer

      2017-01-28 #64 Author

      I love giving my daughter a messege. She loves it and it helps relax her at night.

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  • Alet Analista

    2017-01-28 #65 Author

    Thank you for this wonderful article. I will definitely follow the steps. A great way to bond with my baby.

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  • Breante keshay

    2017-01-28 #66 Author

    My daughter loves getting massaged thats really the only way she’ll fall asleep without the fussiness

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  • Linford Myotcha

    2017-01-28 #67 Author

    I like this article ,it’s so helpful

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  • Marc Lee Sr

    2017-01-28 #68 Author

    Never gave thought about a baby massage but I will definitely have too give this a try at home !!!

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  • Roxanne Harris

    2017-01-28 #69 Author

    I’ve actually tried the neck and back massage on my 2 year old and she really loved it! She was fussy and fell asleep while getting one

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  • Gabby Jones

    2017-01-28 #70 Author

    Good advice , i should try this !!!

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  • Melicha

    2017-01-28 #71 Author

    I only knew of the the belly rub. I’m going to try all of these and give more feed back on how my four month old react to it.

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  • Melicha

    2017-01-28 #72 Author

    I have tried the belly rub my four month old loves it. I never heard of the other techniques but I’m going to try them and give more feed back ?

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  • Rabina gurung

    2017-01-28 #73 Author

    My daughter luv massage on her hand..
    And it’s help them if they hav constipation ?

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  • fe mallari bungay

    2017-01-28 #74 Author

    i’ve been doin’ it to my baby everyday..especially when we are playing in bed…she really love it… 🙂

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  • fe mallari bungay

    2017-01-28 #75 Author

    i’ve been doin’ it to my baby everyday.she really love it… 🙂

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  • Gertrude

    2017-01-28 #76 Author

    It is very important to give then a massage whilst giving them a bath.

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  • Brenae

    2017-01-28 #77 Author

    It really does help them relax more

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  • Cindeka

    2017-01-28 #78 Author

    Daily infant massage is a great way to bond with baby. What’s more, researchers are finding that massage may promote better sleeping, relieve colic, and perhaps even enhance an infant’s immune system, motor skills, and intellectual development. Here are some tips and techniques to help you along.

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  • Cindeka

    2017-01-28 #79 Author

    Daily infant massage is a great way to bond with baby. What’s more, researchers are finding that massage may promote better sleeping, relieve colic, and perhaps even enhance an infant’s immune system, motor skills, and intellectual development. Here are some tips and techniques to help you along. ?

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  • Dennis

    2017-01-28 #80 Author

    Babies are truly beautiful and they are the best blessings. My daughter is 8 month and she is amazing. She loves the massage very much. I love her

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  • Alexiss

    2017-01-28 #81 Author

    Very helpful article, got information on how to relax my son after having a long day .

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  • Mama Miguel

    2017-01-28 #82 Author

    Wow ..this is so educative …I never knew most of those massage types …I am definately going to apply those on my son ..thank u so much

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  • Charmel

    2017-01-28 #83 Author

    My son loves to be rubbed down that’s the only way he will sleep& Legs Massage is the best way to make a Baby Fit. It’s relaxing to the babies. I feel like everyone should be taught how to correctly massage their baby so cute

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  • Sabrina

    2017-01-28 #84 Author

    I love this article! I am expecting soon and my last baby was very fussy. I think this would help! Saving…

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  • Korrey Nelson

    2017-01-28 #85 Author

    I love giving massages to babies! They make them feel relaxed and loved!

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  • Brandi simons

    2017-01-29 #86 Author

    I gave my niece the massage and she loved it

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  • Rabina gurung

    2017-01-29 #87 Author

    My baby luv massage on her back..?

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  • Christine felicidario

    2017-01-29 #88 Author

    I screenshot all of your tips, I really don’t have any idea about how to massage my baby or if she really allowed to have a masaage but when I read your article I’d learn a lot about it. Now I really should give my baby a massage since she’s always suffering colic. Thank you so much for your tips 🙂

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  • Destiny

    2017-01-29 #89 Author

    I love this article❤️

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  • BriAna

    2017-01-29 #90 Author

    I give massages to my son all the time? little chunky baby loves it.

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  • Shweta sharma

    2017-01-29 #91 Author

    My baby 2 years old. Bt i give her massage daily. She look healty n sweet. So massage is very important n good for health

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  • Yago Rodrigues

    2017-01-29 #92 Author

    My son loves massages, especially in the belly when with colica or in the legs, his way of showing us what is relaxed is the puns and the laughter. I leve this.

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  • Artisha Clements

    2017-01-29 #93 Author

    Is This Safe For New Borns That Are Only A Couple Days Old?

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  • Jihane Frangieh Maarrawi

    2017-01-29 #94 Author

    It s a very interesting article … i tried the massage for my baby boy directly after bath , he was happy relaxed and fell asleep

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  • Verlisa

    2017-01-29 #95 Author

    This article taught me a lot about massages I didn’t even know I will be reading this site a lot in the future thank you babies daily news

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  • Luanna chow

    2017-01-29 #96 Author

    Great information

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  • Mridula

    2017-01-30 #97 Author

    Very useful article

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  • Monique

    2017-01-30 #98 Author

    What a good way of relaxing and communicating to your baby

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  • Miranda

    2017-01-31 #99 Author

    This article is very interesting. I never thought about how beneficial it is to give babies a massage. I knew that skin to skin contact was important but never thought about a massage. I will use this to bond even more with my little one!

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  • Ajah Ward

    2017-01-31 #100 Author

    I give my daughter a massage while I’m washing her up it’s seems to relax her make her laugh and also I massage my son when he was a baby it calm him down and went to sleep

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  • Uzma umar

    2017-01-31 #101 Author

    Nice article I m going to do this

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  • Lily renee

    2017-02-01 #102 Author

    I love this!! Ive always rubbed the legs and arms of my friends babies and it totally relaxed them. Now that I’m a first-time mother I massage my son all the time he loves it especially during tummy time I start to massage his back and he starts to coo it’s so cute I recommend this for every mother!

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  • Lettie Chavez

    2017-02-02 #103 Author

    Very interesting, definitely have to start massaging my baby 😊

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  • Dynasty

    2017-02-02 #104 Author

    I’m going to start doing this to my baby girl and see how much it relaxes her. Very informative article.

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  • Jakeema

    2017-02-02 #105 Author

    I give out baby belly massages to my babies every night it seems to help with gas I even had their milk switched and the only thing that seems to comfort them are the belly massages and I also have premature babies and my babies temperature kept dropping in the nicu and I went to do skin to skin for 2 hours and it never dropped again And we got to go home the next day !

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  • Tyra Parker

    2017-02-02 #106 Author

    Messages always put my kids to sleep. They love it .

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  • Jewel

    2017-02-02 #108 Author

    My baby don’t like massages she’s a busybody and won’t stay still long enough lol

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  • Jewel

    2017-02-02 #109 Author

    My baby is a busybody and won’t stay still long enough to let me try to give her a baby massage

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  • Rizwan

    2017-02-02 #110 Author

    My wife does the message regularly, and he enjoys it v much followed by long nap 😀

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  • Rizwan

    2017-02-02 #111 Author

    My wife give massages to my baby boy, he loves it followed by long nap😀
    By the way nice article

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  • Tea Rushin

    2017-02-03 #112 Author

    I love he baby massage

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  • Kennedy

    2017-02-04 #113 Author

    I give my son massages all the time, he LOVES it! 9/10 he falls asleep during or after!!! Love this article!

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  • Tanisha S

    2017-02-05 #114 Author

    I give my LO a massage after bath time . I do the bicycle with his legs . He loves it . Great Bonding as well

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  • Kelly

    2017-02-08 #115 Author

    definitely will try it out 👌🏽

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  • Kayla dukes

    2017-02-09 #116 Author

    This is amazing!!! I do it to my little one 💕💕💕

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  • Regina crowell

    2017-02-21 #117 Author

    I give me baby a massage after every bath so go right to sleep 💤

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  • Regina crowell

    2017-02-21 #118 Author

    I give me baby a massage after every bath she go right to sleep 💤

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