Friday, 23 November 2012

Our Baby Massage Experience - My Crafty Mummy

As part on my baby massage series Amy from shares her baby massage experiences and how it has helped her with her beautiful baby boy Xander

Recently I enrolled both myself and Xander on a baby massage course. If I'm honest I didn't know much about baby massage and was persuaded to sign up for it by my cousin who has a little girl a few weeks older than Xander. The sessions were put on by my local SureStart Children's Centre and was free of charge. There was three sessions in total held on a Friday afternoon. All you had to bring was a towel, some olive/vegetable oil and you and baby of course!

I have to admit I was quite nervous before the first session as I didn't know a huge amount about baby massage and it was also the first mummy and baby activity we had done together. What if all the other mums knew each other already??

I was worrying about nothing! All three sessions were utterly enjoyable. The first session covered massage strokes on baby's legs, the second session covered body and head strokes and the third session covered arms and back. We was given stage by stage diagrams to take away to use and practice with. Which was just as well as it was a loot of information to take in.

Xander absolutely enjoyed the massage! It completely chilled him out!

Baby massage is a lovely way to bond with your baby and relax them. The best time to massage your baby is to incorporate it into your bathtime routine.  Baby massage also has health benefits for your baby, there are strokes to help ease colic and wind.

After three weeks I was sad to see these sessions ending, but a wonderful outcome is the brilliant mummy and baby friends we've made! We now regularly meet up with them at other baby groups and even been out for coffee after sessions!

If you haven't considered baby massage before I would urge you to give it a go. There are several good books on the market to buy and many children's centres offer courses for free of charge or for a small fee.

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