I started going to Baby Massage classes with Jasmine when she was just a few weeks old. I wanted to do something together that would help us to bond but also allow me to learn some skills that I could use at home, on a day-to-day basis. At 9 weeks old, I began introducing massage into Jasmine’s bedtime routine as I knew one of the benefits of massage was that it could help babies to sleep for longer and more deeply. 17 months on and I genuinely believe that having such structured bedtime routine, which included massage, was a huge factor in getting Jasmine to sleep so well from early on.
Not only was was massage good for us in terms of helping with sleep but I always felt like it brought us closer together. I looked forward to those few minutes every night where our total focus would be on each other. I loved hearing Jasmine’s happy gurgles and feeling connected by our eye contact. I would often sing or talk to Jasmine too as it just felt like the best way to end our day.
Johnson’s and Johnson’s have created products that are suitable for using on newborn skin. I always begin our bedtime routine with a bath – this was a surefire way to get Jasmine in a relaxed mood, particularly when she was a newborn. Even as a toddler, we use the bath as a tool to calm her down before it’s time to go to bed. We have always used JOHNSON’S® TOP-TO-TOE® Baby Bath which is gentle on skin and PH Balanced. It leaves Jasmine’s skin feeling super soft and as the name suggests it can be used all over the body, including baby’s hair. The best thing about this product, for me, is that it doesn’t irritate Jasmine’s eyes. We’ve used other shampoos in the past and they have always resulted in Jasmine’s eyes being red and itchy after use. However, JOHNSON’S® TOP-TO-TOE® Baby Bath promises ‘no more tears’ ensuring bath times are much happier and of course, more relaxing.
After bath time, I would dry Jasmine and then lay her on top of a clean towel. I’d pour a small amount of JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil into my hands (a little goes a long way) and gently work it into Jasmine’s skin. Using slow and gentle strokes I’d spend just a few moments on each part of the body, in order not to over-stimulate her. JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil claims to lock in moisture and I certainly find that Jasmine’s skin feels just as smooth and soft the day after using the oil, as it does whilst I’m applying it.
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Admittedly, now Jasmine is older and er, more wriggly we I don’t give her a massage as much as I used to. But every now and again, I’ll give her a foot massage or hand massage before bed as I enjoy the connection it gives us. I would encourage all new mums and dads to make time for baby massage. We benefited from it so much in the early days and I will always treasure those calm and relaxed moments we shared together.
Do you incorporate baby massage into your daily routine?
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