Hey mama, watcha doin’ over there???
I have an idea . . . let’s play squeeze my thighs! You know you want to.
I’m sorry about crashing your date with daddy the other night, but can you really say no to this face?
For reasons not related to date crashing, Micah spent most of yesterday staring at me from his portable bouncy chair. It’s not like I didn’t want to hold him, but you know how it is when you start one thing that leads to another, then another and all of a sudden one of your children is yelling “Daddy, let’s do this! The sun is running out!“
And you’re like, where did this day go? I’m still in my bathrobe!
In an effort to make up for my inattentiveness, I ran a warm bath and settled us in. While whispering a lullaby (which happens to be the only way my singing is bearable), I took his little feet in my hands and began to rub, working my way up his calves to his delightfully fat thighs. He kicked, cooed and hiccuped with delight at our new game, which ended in a full coconut oil rubdown on the bathroom floor before a deep nights sleep.
Benefits of Massage
The beauty of infant massage is that babies are so little a full rubdown only takes 10-15 minutes. That baby soft skin under your fingertips isn’t bad, either. It’s beneficial, too. Research shows that massage:
- Helps babies sleep better
- Deepens bonding
- Helps Relieve Discomfort from Gas, Colic, and Constipation
- Improves Blood Circulation
- Aids in Digestion
- Enhances Development of the Nervous System
- Stimulates Neurological Development
- Increases Alertness/Heightened Awareness
- Reduces Stress Hormones
- Improves Immune Function
- The Release of Oxytocin, the Nurturing Hormone
I think I’ll head to the kitchen and whip up a batch of calming massage oil (coconut oil + soothing chamomile essential oil) for Micah and a little something else for those foot rubs I’m going to try to get out of Daddypotamus. While I’m at it I think I’ll blend some tangerine and ylang ylang and see if toddlers like massage as much as the internet says they do.
What about you? Ready to get started??? You can find easy massage techniques and other tips at The Joys and Benefits of Infant Massage.
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