Want your baby to sleep a little better? Well, adding these eight simple massage techniques to her bedtime routine post-bath will help. They all help to release the hormone oxytocin, which regulates your tot’s cortisol or stress levels, relaxing her ready for sleep and reducing crying.
Regular massage can also help build her immune system, boost her respiratory system, stimulate her circulatory system and balance her nervous system. It’ll help strengthen her digestive system, easing common newborn issues such as colic, wind or constipation, too. And this little routine only takes five minutes – better start tonight then!
All these techniques are safe to use from birth.
6) Gentle knee bends
Releasing any trapped wind before bedtime will help your tot feel more comfortable. If he’s very windy
then he may resist, but it’s definitely worth gently persevering!
Keeping your baby’s knees slightly apart and following the natural positioning of her hips, gently bend both her knees in towards her tummy. Allow her knees to create a little pressure on her belly before releasing. Repeat a few times or until there’s an audible result!
Meet the Expert: Justina Perry is a wellbeing expert for pregnancy, mums and babies, and the founder of MamaBabyBliss, which supports women through pregnancy, birth and motherhood; justinaperry.com
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