I met Christina in a tap class a few years ago and recently, she invited me to join a craft circle that meets once a month to knit or crochet over coffee and good conversation. It was there that she mentioned how baby massage greatly helped her family and I asked her if she would be so kind to do a little Q & A for my blog to share her story. Thanks, Christina, for sharing!
Tell me a little bit about your family.
My name is Christina Mansson. I am 36 years-old. I 'retired' to be a stay at home mom before my first was born. I now have two kids. My son, Henry is 7 and my daughter Jillian is 4.
When did you hear about infant massage?
I was in a breastfeeding support group and one of the weekly topics was infant massage.
Why did you decide to try infant massage with your child and what age was he?
I started doing infant massage with my son when he was around 6 months old. He had some terrible gas issues due to (unknown at the time) food intolerance. The gas would be so bad that he had a hard time sleeping because he was so uncomfortable. I started with my daughter at birth and she was a much better sleeper!
How did you incorporate massage in your day-to-day lives?
I would do a little just before a diaper change. This helped get anything that was on its way out. I also would do some full body massage (arms, legs, tummy and back) after bath and before bedtime.
What benefits did you see from giving your baby massage?
Other than making my son more comfortable, I feel it was a bonding experience with both of my kids. Being able to have a couple of minutes where your attention is only on your baby while using the power of touch is a great way to show your infant that you love them.
Did anything surprise you about massage? Did you notice any changes that you didn't expect?
I was surprised at how my kids would expect me to massage them. We did it everyday and even now, if my kids are having trouble settling down at night a quick massage helps them to get comfortable and fall asleep faster.
I think that doing infant massage with my kids gave me more confidence in my parenting because I knew that there was something that I could do (even after a really rough day) that was enjoyable and rewarding for both me and my children.
What advice would you give to parents who are thinking about learning infant massage but are concerned about adding it to their already busy lives?
Don't think infant massage is hard to learn and is time consuming. Once you learn the basics, it only take a couple minutes a day to incorporate into your daily schedule. Also, this is a great way to interact with your infant when they really are unable to do much.