Relax Your Baby To Sleep With A Massage

Have you ever tried going to sleep being all wired up? Doesn’t work well, does it?

It’s not any different when you want your baby to sleep. If she is upset or wound up, she’s just not going to fall asleep easily, or she will keep waking up.

So what can you do to help your baby relax before he goes to sleep?

I personally love the idea of giving my child a little massage. While you can certainly take an infant massage class or read books about it, I have found that a few simple strokes usually do the trick, not only because you offer the gift of physical touch, but also because this specific pattern helps calm your baby energetically.

Find a comfortable place where you can both enjoy this time. The last thing you want is to bend over your baby’s crib for 5-10 minutes and then have your back hurt in the end! If you can, have your baby lay where she can fall asleep right after (or even during) the massage, but if that isn’t convenient, you can do this on your own bed, put your baby on a blanket on the floor, or massage her on the changing table (always keeping at least one hand on her, of course).

Take a few deep breaths and connect with your baby. Look into his eyes, speak softly, gently put your hands on his body. This is a great time to realize what a wonderful gift your child is! Sometimes it’s hard to remember that, especially if you haven’t slept in forever and your baby is still not sleeping, but in the scheme of things, he will be sleeping through the night way before he goes to college, right  ?

Now gently stroke her body by drawing an imaginary “X” on it.

With your right hand, reach across her body, starting on the left shoulder and gently massage down to the right hip. Then, with your left hand, massage from the right shoulder down to the left hip. Can you see how this creates an “X”?

sleep schoolAlways keep one hand on her, so as you complete one stroke, begin the next stroke at the same time. That way you always maintain contact with your baby’s body, which is very soothing.

Take your time. Each stroke can easily last 4 to 5 seconds. You want a slow pace to slow her down. Trust your intuition.

Even a few minutes of this massage will make a huge difference – for both of you. You will notice that you will relax, too, while making a wonderful connection with your child.

By the way, this technique also works great for toddlers and preschoolers! Just give it a try, I bet you will love it!

Wishing all of you sweet dreams,

Posted on: June 16, 2016, by : sleep

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