I like to think Tessa doesn’t have it too rough, but I’d be lying if I said she doesn’t suffer from Second Baby Syndrome. She gets less attention than Graham did. She gets less doting, less gifts, less amazement in her new baby milestones. We don’t love her any less, we don’t care any less, but now there’s a 3-year-old buzzing around in the midst of everything.
I still want to make sure I find time with her that’s special and just for us.
So I spent some time recently learning about baby massage from Seventh Generation. I heard about it back when Graham was a baby, but he was much more fussy and not generally into such things. Tessa, on the other hand, as a mellower and fatter baby has chubby legs and arms that just cry out to be rubbed and touched.
I’m not exactly a massage expert, but we got a lot of tips on how to do it.
- The best time is when baby is awake and happy. So right before bedtime may not be the best time if baby is sleepy. That’s good for me, because right before bedtime is crazy time at our house.
- Just like with adults, oil is best for massages. You can even use olive oil you’ve already got in your house! (Though this makes me wonder if the next time I saute something in olive oil, Tessa will think it’s massage time…)
- Don’t massage if baby is fussy or signaling they’re not interested. Don’t massage if baby has a fever or cold. And, of course, not if they have any rash or broken skin.
- If you don’t know how to massage, think of what you’d like. What’s relaxing for you will be relaxing for baby. I know I love long gentle strokes down my back, arms and legs.
- For tummy massage, do small circular clockwise strokes to help make sure no gas gets caught.
- Be careful with scalp massage before baby’s fontanelles have fused. And hold off on massage until baby is at least 3 weeks old.
- It’s never too late to start! I may not be quite on the ball with my almost-9-month-old, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get going.
- I love this video. It makes me want to touch and smell and hold a warm, beautiful baby.
I’m excited to add this to my time with Tessa. I’m planning to set our massages during the day while Graham’s at school, with a blanket laid out on her mat, and some soft music playing.
And now, thanks to Seventh Generation, I have two baskets of baby products to give away! These are from 7th Gen’s brand new “Wee Gen” line of baby bath products. There’s even an olive-oil based lotion you can use for your baby massage.
Want to win it? Here’s how:
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Good luck everybody! And have some fun with your babies!!
This post was sponsored by The Motherhood and Seventh Generation. I was compensated for this campaign and provided with a basket of Seventh Generation baby products.