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 all aspects of learning how to massage your baby are covered. Making it part of your routine is an essential element.
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 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. Although in a class you will learn a ‘massage routine’, which can take up to 45 mins to complete, 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. 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. The key is, repeat that 4-5 minutes at roughly the same time, EVERY day.
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.
Developing your 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.
Learning more about how your baby is developing is exciting! You can learn lots more about the awesome baby brain or if you are in Kent, pop along to one of the Buddha Buddies classes. There is also lots of great information on our Pinterest Boards too – split into boards for every stage of development. Why not Subscribe to our newsletter, all about Top Tips and being a Mindful Parent.
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