Q&A: When Should I Start Infant Massage?

Infant Massage can be enjoyed by all babies from ages 6 weeks and up.   I would suggest that you start the Baby Tata routine at about 6 weeks of age and then continue with it until you feel that your baby has graduated from the traditional infant massage.  When you start at 6 weeks your little one will take a few weeks to get used to it.  After that they will recognize the massage routine and will be more than willing to give you their limbs.  If you start later, about 6 months and up (after they start rolling or crawling), it is more difficult for you to get them to lie down and enjoy the massage.  With continued practice however (and a ton of patience!) you can do a shorter massage routine and build up to the full baby massage routine.

Infant Massage Technique of the Day

Dancing- Tata Play Technique
During the summer months do something fun like turn your favorite music on really loud (I love the 70s!) and dance away.  Although I have a dance segment on the Baby Tata DVD I really wanted to stress the importance of dance in normal play activities.  It really excites babies and toddlers and it also gives you a little midday break.  Even if you are not Paula Abdul a little dance never hurts anyone.  I take both of my sons and we dance almost everyday.  I even dip my son; (with of course proper precautions) he loves it!

Dancing- Tata Play Technique

During the summer months do something fun like turn your favorite music on really loud (I love the 70s!) and dance away.  Although I have a dance segment on the Baby Tata DVD I really wanted to stress the importance of dance in normal play activities.  It really excites babies and toddlers and it also gives you a little midday break.  Even if you are not Paula Abdul a little dance never hurts anyone.  I take both of my sons and we dance almost everyday.  I even dip my son; (with of course proper precautions) he loves it!

Cool Baby Gadgets! All Patagonia

patagoniaThis month I scoured the planet for gadgets that keep our little ones warm!  Over the years I have received a number of beautiful presents from friends and family.  I would say one of the best was the fun Patagonia related warm goodies that I received.  Patagonia is an outdoor gear brand (that is definitely eco-friendly) and makes incredible baby gear such as buntings, coats, gloves, hats, thermals and baby blankets.  They keep our little ones warm with their incredible fleece, are easy to clean, and can be passed on from baby to baby.  Also if anything happens to the item they have a 100% money back guarantee for the life of the product.  We love that.  By the way the stores have more merchandise than the website.  Check it out @ Patagonia.

How to Alleviate Baby's Dry Skin?

122707-aquaphorThis has been a major issue in my baby world.  Having grown up with dry skin and a son with eczema I feel like I know a little about dry skin.  During the winter months even babies with beautiful skin can turn a little on the dry side.  I of course would say to use my Organic Baby Tata Massage Oil, but that does not always work- you need something a little stronger.  So until I can formulate a dry skin remedy I would count on Eucerin or Aquaphor to really do the trick.  Aquaphor is a petroleum based cream that really knocks off dry skin immediately.  Eucerin is a little lighter but can be used daily.  They are both very baby safe and you can find both of these at the local drugstore.

Infant Massage Technique of The Day

Shampoo- Infant/Baby Massage Technique

Take your baby in your lap or lay them on the ground.  Take your fingertips and place on the top of their head.  Gently make swirls on their head just like you are shampooing their hair.  Your babies will love this one.  Shampoo helps to relax and calm anxious babies. Scalp massage can stimulate many acupressure points and is good for things such as sleep and stress relieving.

When Can I Perform Infant Massage?

When should I perform the Infant Massage?”  Ever since I started Infant Massage Moms are always asking me this question!  My answer is that it is up to you and your baby’s schedule.  But of course that is not enough so here is some more insight on my experiences.  Traditionally in India, the midwives perform daily infant massage;  they massage the baby, then give them a bath, the mother feeds them, and then they put them down to sleep.  The baby usually sleeps for 3-4 hours!!!  But no promises here!  I have used this model with both of my kids and have found it to work beautifully.  I would say depending on your baby’s schedule (and to help them sleep better) do this routine before their afternoon nap or before their nighttime slumber.