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(5) Try a milking massage. This is a good technique to use on your baby's arms and legs. Make a loose circle or C-shape around your baby’s arm or leg with your forefinger and thumb. Use a very gently pulling motion to pull downward toward her foot or hand, as though you were milking a cow. Repeat the motion several times.
Never grip too tightly, and take care not to wrench her limbs.
Continue until you’ve massaged all her limbs.
(6) Try a rolling massage. Your baby might enjoy the feeling of having her arms and legs "rolled." Gently roll your hands over a limb at a time, as though you were rolling out dough. Rock the limb back and forth against the blanket or towel your baby is resting on. Repeat with all four limbs.
(7) Don’t tickle your baby when you massage her. The massage is meant to be relaxing, and this could be irritating to your baby. Help your baby come to associate massage time as a relaxing, calming bonding session. She should know what to expect, and a tickle could be shocking or overstimulating.
Part 2 of 3: Choosing the Right Time for a Massage
(1) Massage your baby before her bedtime. As stated above, massage is an excellent way to help your baby calm down and get ready to go to sleep.Doing it at regularly scheduled times will help her get into a good bedtime routine. Make it part of your nightly ritual following her bath and other routines your family has established. Plan to start about a half hour before her scheduled bedtime.
(2) Massage her when she’s fussy. Massage can be a great way to connect with your baby and help her feel less agitated any time of day. Babies often cry when they want attention, and massaging your baby lets her know you're present. It has a deeply calming effect, and many parents find it to be an effective tool for quieting a baby during especially fussy times.
Be sure her other needs are met first, so she’s comfortable during the massage. Your baby might be crying because she's hungry, tired, or for another reason. She won't enjoy the massage as much if she hasn't yet had dinner.
Wait 45 minutes after meals. Massaging a baby right after she eats can cause her to get an upset stomach. Babies spit up quite easily, and any sort of massaging motion has the potential to make her lose her last meal. Make sure she has plenty of time to digest her food before you give her a massage.
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