Baby Routines – Where to start?
You may think that there is no way you can add in a routine, you bearly have time to have a wee!
Read on, and grab some tips that you can start using TODAY to simply and without any stress look at your day, and how you can start making it easier.
What’s This About Baby Massage?
Baby Massage has now become one of the most popular classes to attend for mums with little babies. No wonder, the classes are chilled, engaging and mums get to learn a whole load of massage techniques that they can use at home.
In a Buddha Buddies Baby Class or online course, all aspects of learning how to massage your baby are covered. Making it part of your routine is an essential element.
What Baby Routine!!!
Although most mums would agree that having a daily routine is something that they have or trying to establish, it is not often as easy as it sounds.
For many mums there are a number of issues that make creating a routine very tricky. These can be from birth issues (long stays in hospital) to post-birth complications for baby or mum, to lack of additional support. Add in mass sleep deprivation and it can all just be too much.
How Can Baby Massage Help?
Somtimes you just need to start small.
I often have very small babies in classes (from 4 weeks and feeding every 2 hours). It can seem a mammoth task to put ANYTHING into a regular pattern. Baby Massage can help.
In a class or with the online course you will learn a ‘massage routine‘, which can take up to 45 mins to complete. However, you can just choose 3-4 massage ‘strokes’ that your baby likes. This may only take 4-5 minutes but can still have a positive effect on your and your baby (you can read all about the Benefits of Baby Massage in our blog).
4-5 Minutes a day – that is all you need to start with.
How To Make A Baby Routine – In Easy Steps
First, think of WHEN that will work.
It is often hugely beneficial before bedtime, after the bath before the last feed. Or this might not work and you find that the morning works best. How is your current baby routine? Do you have a nighttime routine? A daytime routine? A feeding routine? You might have more baby routines than you think.
Working little bits of baby massage into each day, will soon turn into a regular baby routine – without you even trying!
The key is, repeat that 4-5 minutes at roughly the same time, EVERY day – Then you have your daily baby routine!
Breaking this down into small time chunks is doable – a small step. If you repeat this every day, you are creating a Routine! Hurrah – it might be all you can manage at this point.
Just take those few precious moments every day and enjoy.
Infant Massage At Home
We are not all able to get to a ‘live’ class. So the need for a high quality Baby Massage Course that you can use in the comfort of your own home is needed.
I have developed this online course based on my 15 years of teaching. It includes over 100 mins of Video, a PDF download and full instructions. Alongside a supportive VIP group, where you can ask any questions, during and after the course.
There is a FREE BABY MASSAGE VIDEO you can watch to see if the full course is for you.
Developing your Baby Routine
You are past those early weeks and some parts of your day are starting to look similar. It feels like a massive milestone, you are getting there!
Develop your Baby Massage routine alongside this. If your baby is now happier for longer before bed, then add some more Baby Massage in, take it up to 7-8 minutes, or longer.
Some days will always work better than others, but don’t worry or stress. It is all part of your journey and the important thing is to be aware that those small steps are starting to become more manageable.
Your routine will change as your baby grows, sleeping and feeding patterns change and you will need to adjust around those. Then you put in colds, teething, injections, holidays and days out and it is easy to see why your lovely routine has flown out the window. Just know that you can establish a new routine, putting those small steps back into place.
Your Growing Baby
One of the things I mention in my classes with my Buddha Buddies mummies, every time you reach that point of ‘something needs to change’, it inevitably does!
Having Baby Massage as part of this routine ‘toolkit’ can really help you as a parent. Remember, you can use it at any time.
It can be a great mood changer as it affects so many of the physical and emotional systems. As well as being calming to receive, it is also soothing to give. Those repeated strokes can have a lovely affect on you too!
Your baby will go through enormous changes in this first year – it is indeed a journey for you both. So don’t sweat the small stuff, enjoy those moments and try to make your Baby Massage part of your daily routine.
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