Just imagine: under the warm light, the mother is gently touching the baby's skin with her soft fingertips and soothing palms. How pleasant and affectionate the whole picture looks~
As one of the hottest topics in parenting nowadays, "baby touching" has drawn a lot of attention from new mothers, who are very concerned about the methods of massaging and touching as well as the choice of massage oil products, since more and more mothers come to realize there are so many benefits of touching.
◇ Promoting the baby's sensory development and nervous system development;
◇ Improving the baby's immunity and enhancing their bodies' immune response;
◇ Improving the baby's digestive function;
◇ Improving the baby's sleep quality so that they could enjoy a sound sleep etc.
Although many parents have already been aware of the benefits of touching babies, some parents still hand over this valuable opportunity to some "professional" strangers who offer baby massage services, such as various confinement centers, early education institutions, infant swimming institutions and other institutions. Little do they know that they have lost the benefits of touching by so doing.
The reason is quite simple: only through parents' personal touching can sharp the baby's observation and increase the emotional bonding and communication between parents and the baby. The skin-to-skin touch will be the only means to activate the baby's sense of security towards their parents, so that a deeper bonding could be created between both sides.
So how should parents properly give their baby touching and massaging?
01 To judge the baby's state to see the possibility of touching.
The baby's state includes:crying, light sleep, deep sleep, quiet wakefulness, active wakefulness, drowsiness, etc.
The only state suitable for touching is when the baby is awake in a good mood, because touching can function best only when the baby is pleased. This moment is also a kind of enjoyment for the baby and their parents.
02 Precautions of doing touching to your baby
① If you want to do touching to your baby, the timing is as early as possible. You can start it even right after 24 hours of the baby's birth. The duration shouldn't be too long. It is recommended to start from 5 minutes gradually to 15-20 minutes at most.
② When doing touching, make sure that the room temperature cannot be less than 220C, preferably with sunlight or soft light. Then some relaxing music may also be advisable for the baby. Parents should remember to wash their hands and trim their nails before doing touching to avoid any damage to the baby's delicate skin.
③ Before doing touching, parents must be happy themselves. While doing touching, they should have some affectionate interaction with the baby, such as making eye contact, and speaking softly to the baby.
④ Touching should be done in the sequence from the face, the chest, the tummy, hands, legs, to the back:
? Try to avoid the fontanelle when relieving the tightness of the baby's face by touching.
First, use thumbs to push outwards from the center of the forehead, and then still use thumbs to draw a smile from the lower jaw to the front of the ears. Next, move the fingers from the top of the head to the mastoid behind the ears, avoiding the fontanelle.
?Try to avoid the nipples when helping the baby to breathe smoothly in the chest by touching.
Put both hands on the rib cage of the baby. Move the right hand diagonally upwards to the baby's right shoulder and then come back. Do the same with the left hand, avoiding the nipples.
? Massage the baby's tummy to improve their gastrointestinal circulation
Massage the abdomen clockwise, avoiding the umbilicus.
? Massage the baby's upper limbs to enhance their limbs' flexibility
Pinch one of the baby's arms with one hand, to gently rub and massage it from the upper arm to the wrist. Massage the back of the baby's hand with four fingers, and massage the palm from the center of the hand to each little finger, and do the same thing to the other upper limb.
? Exercise the lower limbs to enhance their motor coordination
Massage the baby's thighs, knees, calves and feet, squeezing and rubbing, repeatedly. Then massage the instep with four fingers. Next, use the thumb to massage from the heel to the toe.
? Lay the baby flat on the back to massage and relax their back muscles
Lay the hands flat on the baby's back, and massage horizontally and vertically from the neck down to the sacrum.
(The above information related to touching comes from the WeChat official account of Dr. Bao Xiulan, Chief Physician of Pediatrics from Peking Union Medical College Hospital)
03Selection of oil products with gentle and natural qualities
After knowing the correct method of touching, the next step is to choose an oil product suitable for your baby~ But facing so many choices on the market, how could parents find out "the one" for their baby?
The first thing to look at is the composition of the oil product, whether there are some irritating preservatives and similar ingredients to hurt the baby's delicate skin.
The second thing to look at is whether the oil is a natural plant one, because this kind of oil is more skin-friendly, and easier to absorb, so that the baby's skin could be nourished thoroughly.
The last thing to look at is how the skin feels when it’s applied, that is, whether it is smooth, refreshing and not greasy.
sanosan Care Oil
? To be specially developed for newborns to get touching. The ingredients are high-quality extracts from sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil and other natural plant oils, all of which provide all-round nutrition for the baby's skin.
? To soothe and moisturize the baby's skin with quick absorption, while nourishing the dry and damaged baby skin and restoring its softness and smoothness.
? To soften the baby's cradle cap and remove their scalp scale. Massage with the oil to let it absorbed first. After the cradle cap being softened, wash it. Cradle caps can be easily removed after repeating the process for several times.
For the baby, every touching that mom and dad give is a personal experience to the baby's growth. Please don't miss any moment with them.
Moms and dads, join sanosan to feel the blessed parent-child time together~