Struggling with sleeping or troubled by teething? Our guide to natural therapies could help with your little one’s health problems…
Gentle, soothing stroking of your little one’s body with your hands. You can also lightly manipulate your baby’s fingers, wrists and ankles.
Baby massage expert Justina Perry (mamababybliss.com) says: “The only tools you need are your fingertips, making it an easy way to soothe and nurture your baby. But there are important dos and don’ts you need to grasp. You can learn baby massage in one session, but it’s better to attend a succession of classes and pick it up bit by bit.”
Wind, constipation and colic. It’s used to reduce crying, help with sleep, and is thought to encourage growth in premature babies. It’s also used to boost your baby’s immune, digestive and respiratory systems, stimulate the circulatory system and help the nervous system.
Around £10 for a group class or £40 for an individual 90-minute session.
“Freya was diagnosed with clicky hips straight after birth. I really liked the idea of being able to soothe and calm her by using baby massage and it still proves helpful now if she’s unsettled or teething.”
Jerrica Daws, 29, from Bedfordshire, mum to Freya, 6 months
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