Nurturing Touch Chest Routine

Always ask you baby if you can massage them, it’s important to do this because babies have very little control of what already happens to them. It also starts to build up a trust. Once they understand what/how you are saying they will respond with a yes or no gesture or noise.

Make sure to be in a calm environment, use soothing tones of voice and calm gestures. Start to associate the calm sensations with a relaxing massage.It is better that baby be lying in front of you in a warm room with little to no clothing or nappy on.

Warm oil in your hands (see Oil Types sheet for suitable oils)

Open Book: Place your hands on baby’s chest and gentle glide drop each side to the wrist, always towards the wrist.
Lymph Gland: Gently rub under the arm pit, not enough to tickle though!
Butterfly: With your right hand on babies right shoulder gently massage then move the hand diagonally from right shoulder to bottom of left side rib cage. Move the left hand up to the left shoulder, massage gently and slide from left shoulder to under the right side rib cage. Repeat these motions rhythmically.

Make sure your hands are not too oily, once you are finished your massage pick up baby give them a kiss and a hug, tell them ‘Thank You’.


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