When is a good time to massage my baby?
We recommend that your baby be in the “quiet alert state” to massage him/her. Your baby will look calm, gazing at you or will be happy to lay still. As you learn your baby’s cues you will know when it is the right time.
Why should I massage my baby?
There are many benefits for your baby and you. Please look at the benefits page…
What kind of oil should I use?
You can use any organic cold pressed vegetable oil e.g. grapeseed, sunflower or olive oil.
Can I claim through my health insurance?
Vhi Healthcare will pay €100 per child for infant massage classes in the year of the birth (available on the Family Plan and Family Plan Plus).
Laya Healthcare will pay €100 per child for infant massage classes taken place within three months after the birth of your child.
Hibernian Aviva Health will pay €30 for each of 3 visits per year (day-to-day plan) and you can get 50% of the cost back up to €25 for each of 8 visits per year on the day-to-day 50 plan.
Why does a class last 5 weeks?
We like to introduce babies to massage at their own pace. We watch their cues and introduce new strokes gradually, week-to-week. During our baby massage classes,you will be introduced to new information gradually and build on previously taught techniques. Classes also provide opportunities for parents to gain support and friendships long after the classes are over.
How often can I massage my baby?
Follow your baby’s cues. It is wonderful to have massage be part of the daily routine. You may give a massage in the morning or before an afternoon nap or after bath at night. Depending on your baby, you may do leg strokes at one time during the day, later do tummy strokes and back strokes at another time. If you can do massage daily, that is wonderful for your baby. Some baby’s receive one or two massages a day.
When can I begin massaging my baby?
Introducing touch can be started soon after birth. Start with skin-to-skin care (aka Kangaroo Care). This involves placing your baby on your chest to facilitate close contact between you and your baby. You can gradually introduce back and leg strokes and then involve other parts of the baby’s body. By following your baby’s cues, looking for signs of being quiet and alert, you can begin massage during the first few weeks after birth and then gradually develop a nurturing routine that will last a lifetime.