Infant Massage

Infant Massage helps build a strong parent-child bond

A baby’s health - whether it is his physical health or emotional development - can all be positively influenced by infant massage. At birth, touch is one of the most developed senses that allows babies to receive input from the world around them. Stimulating a baby’s sense of touch, will have beneficial effects in helping babies to grow and thrive. Infant massage is a great way to help parents gain confidence in caring for their babies.

Here at About Play, we believe in supporting parents and caregivers in meeting their baby’s needs. We have six staff members who are certified in infant massage in order to better serve families. Our services focus on building a strong parent-child bond and infant massage is another aspect of this support.

 

Parents who are able to incorporate infant massage into their daily routines will provide a positive impact on their baby’s social-emotional development and attachment. Parents will gain a deeper understanding of their baby’s needs and will enjoy playing with their baby. About Play believes that children learn best from their parents and primary caregivers through daily interactions and play.

 

Benefits of Infant Massage are:
  • Reduced stress for parent and child
  • Improved Sleep
  • Stimulated growth hormone for weight gain in underweight babies
  • Improved overall functioning of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Relieved pain and discomfort of teething
  • Promotes attachment between the parent and baby
  • Can aid in the development of motor skills
Tips for Infant Massage:
  • Choose a quiet, warm place to sit and relax with your baby when she is not too hungry or tired.
  • Begin by being present and taking deep breaths to relax yourself.
  • Pay attention to your baby. Look into your baby’s eyes. Your baby will sense how you are feeling.
  • Try to use a light, organic oil such as olive oil, grape seed oil, or avocado oil. Not too much, just enough to make your hands smooth.
  • Talk to your baby! Tell your baby what you are doing when you are doing it in a soft, comforting voice. Ask your baby’s permission before touching or moving her.
  • Read your baby’s cues. Willingness cues might include smiling, cooing, or making eye contact. Unwillingness cues might include grimacing, hiccoughs, turning head away, or arching of the back. When any of these unwillingness cues occur, stop and try again at a different time in the day.
  • Make the infant massage part of your daily routine. You can incorporate the massage during the morning to start the day or at night before bedtime to help soothe your baby to sleep. Choose a time that you are not rushed and do your best to massage your baby around the same time every day.

In this section

  • Infant Massage
  • Benefits of Infant Massage
  • Tips for Infant Massage

Types of Early Intervention Services

We provide the following types of Early Intervention Services:

Special Instruction/Family Training

Example: teaching developmental skills such as sign language or teaching how to hold a child to support feedings.

Service Coordination (case management)

Example: developing a plan (IFSP) to pull services together for
the family.

Evaluations

Example: checking for behavior problems, or specific therapies.

Speech Services

Example: finding out why a child does not talk.

Infant Massage

Physical Therapy

Example: working to improve a child’s movement to explore
their environment independently.

Occupational Therapy

Example: teaching a child to use a spoon.

Support Groups

Example: helping find support through community resources such as Family Connections.

Hearing Services

Example: fitting a hearing device.

Vision Services

Example: prescribing glasses.

Nursing Services

Example: tube feeding or bandage changing.

Nutrition Services

Example: special diets or referral to a nutritionist.