Nurturing Touch Leg 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.

Indian Milking: Making an O shape with your hands glide them from hip to ankle
Hug and Glide: Both hands in an O shape, move hands from side to side and down the leg
Thumb over thumb: Walk your thumbs from baby’s heel to baby’s toes
Under toes: press 3 times where the tiny toes meet the sole of the foot
Spine slide: Rub both sides of the foot from toes to heel
Ball of foot: Press three times on the heel with your thumb
Thumb press: Gently walk your thumb to the middle of the foot and apply a tiny amount of pressure to the solar plexus
Little Piggies: Carefully roll each toe around ones
Top of foot: stroke the top of the foot from toes to ankle
Ankle circles: Like wrist circles, trace small circles around the ankle
Swedish Milking: Making an O shape with your hands glide them from ankle to hip

Once you have finished, pick baby up, give them a kiss and say ‘Thank you’.

Zara

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