Scalp Circles, Forehead Stroking & Bridge of Nose Massage
These gentle strokes focus on baby’s head and face. They’re a really effective way to settle and calm your baby before a nap or when they’re fussing. Nose stroking is especially good for sending little ones off to sleep.
Practice these strokes in your Huggies baby massage and yoga program, or do them any time your baby needs a soothing and loving touch to settle down.
You can use oil for scalp circles. Not only does oil make skin-to-skin massage easier, but it can also help treat cradle cap. Many young babies have this condition, which looks a little bit like dandruff. Cradle cap doesn’t cause problems but if you’d like to remove it, then leave the oil in baby’s hair overnight. Next morning very gently brush the flakes from baby’s hair using a soft baby brush.
Scalp circles, forehead stroking & bridge of nose massage step by step
- For these strokes, sit loosely cross-legged on your yoga mat or rug, with your baby lying in front of you
- Begin by asking baby’s permission to start. Then chant Om 3 times
- Begin by gently cradling baby’s head in your hands
- Use the pads of your fingers to gently make small circles all over your baby’s scalp, being especially careful of the soft cranial areas known as fontanelles
- Keep circling, watching for baby’s cues and stopping if they indicate they’re not enjoying the sensation
- Place your thumbs together in the centre of your baby’s forehead and gently stroke outwards towards baby’s temples
- Start at the bridge of your baby’s nose and stroke down towards the cheekbones, then across to the temples
- Finish by lovingly resting your hands on your baby
Next try smiling face
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