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Massaging Your Child's Feet

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Something to think about when you have a child is giving them massages.  I personally gave my daughter massages starting from infancy until about age three.  After giving her a bath, I would do a massage of the legs, feet, and belly.  I would play soothing music as well as rubbing lotion on her. At such a young age, this was a great trick for helping her fall asleep. Who doesn’t want an easy way to help your baby sleep?

One thing to remember is to make sure you sanitize your hands and remove all jewelry before the massage.  When applying the lotion to your child, make sure to warm the lotion in your hands to create a relaxed, comfortable experience for them.

An important aspect of the massage is to find a manageable position for both you and the baby.  I liked to sit on the floor against a wall with a pillow in front of me.  This would help me not to tire out when massaging and also provide a sturdy surface to lean against.  Another great idea is to use the baby’s changing table.  The closeness gives reassurance to the child and the table provides stability while you work.

My main focus was always on her feet since they have numerous nerve endings.  Massaging the feet is quite easy.  Start by running your thumbsalong the soles of your baby’s feet.  Then massage from the bottom of foot; starting at the heel and working your way all the way up to the toes.  I found making simple noises that were fun made her not seem so ticklish.  Next I would massage the heel, as well as the sole with my thumbs.  Also, don’t forget to rub the insteps and ankles as well. 

Let us know if these techniques help you and your little one! Hit that comment button to discuss further. 

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