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Essential do’s and don’ts of massaging your baby

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

The moment your baby arrives home, you would hear all the elders in the house giving you tips on baby massage and on how to handle and take care of your baby. The main tip would revolve around giving your baby a soothing massage.



    Baby massage is one of the most important aspects that contribute to the growth and health of your baby. It stimulates the central nervous system of your baby. The affectionate touch with the rhythmic movement while massaging soothes your baby. Massaging is one of the best ways of communicating with your baby, which also helps in better bonding. 

    Since your baby most of the times lies down in the same position, chances are high that her movements are restricted. This can cause some pain. Body massage relieves the pain and you would automatically see that your baby is less fussy and cranky. 

    Baby massage techniques

    Some of the points to be noted before starting the massage are:

    • The room has to be quiet, calm and warm

    • Choose a time when your baby is calm and happy. If you try to massage your baby when she is fussy, you may end up irritating her more.

    • Take off the jewellery from your hand like rings as they could come in the way while massaging. Make sure your fingernails are cut

    • Keep all the things needed for the massage handy right next to you like baby oil, a soft towel and a pillow

    Do’s and don’ts of massaging your baby

    While massaging her back:


    Follow downward strokes on your baby’s back

    Massage her shoulders in gentle circles


    Do not exert pressure on your baby’s spine

    While massaging her legs:


    Follow circular motion and proceed downward from your baby's thighs to her ankles

    Use your thumb to gently massage from her heels to her toes

    The lower and upper part of your baby's feet should be massaged with your palm


    When you make downward strokes from your little one's thigh to her feet, do not forget to support her thighs

    While massaging her chest and tummy:


    Apply outwards strokes on your baby’s chest.

    For the abdomen massage, use circular motions


    Tummy massage should not be done till your baby’s umbilical cord has fallen off and the area has completely healed

    While massaging her hands:


    Use circular strokes and proceed downwards gently from your baby's upper arm to the wrist

    Massage your little one's palms in gentle circles and gently use a milking motion to massage her fingers


    Do not pull your baby's fingers too tight

    Do not forget to support her wrist while massaging her palms

    Grandma’s Tip: It would be pleasant if the massage is easy on your baby, the oil should be light in application and should be easily absorbed by your baby’s skin. You can opt for something edible, unscented or either cold-pressed fruit or vegetable oil. For example, coconut, canola, olive, grapeseed, avocado, etc. Weather conditions also need to be taken into consideration while selecting the oil.


    Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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