How To: Massage a Newborn

Express your love and care through newborn massage, so you’re able to get a better understanding of how baby communicates with you and how you can support them.

How to Massage a Baby | JOHNSON'S®

Massage Tips & Tricks

Your soothing hands can create a beautiful bond between you and baby. In the first few weeks, use slow and positive strokes without spending too much time on one specific area. Newborns may find their senses over-stimulated, so some will enjoy the simple embrace in the arms of their parents while others might like a gentle stroke down their back and over their clothes. Start easing into a routine with these newborn massage techniques.

Massage Resting Hands

Does baby’s body language say ‘yes’ to newborn massage? If so, begin with a resting hand, a technique used before massaging any area of the body that can also be used when baby needs a break. It’s a great way to start so baby can get comfortable with your touch.

Massage Feet

Tickle and touch baby’s feet – it’s one of their favourite spots. Just watch baby’s reactions to gauge their comfort and sensitivity level. Gently squeeze and roll each toe between your thumb and index finger. Use alternate thumbs, stroke the top of their foot from toes to the ankles. Repeat several times.

Massage Legs

Ensure you have enough baby oil on your hands before you start. The legs are a great area to start because babies are generally more comfortable being touched there and find downward strokes relaxing.

Massage Tummy

Give baby a gentle newborn tummy massage after their umbilical cord has healed. Make gentle contact with baby’s tummy with a reassuring and relaxed hand. If baby is happy, make gentle paddling strokes with one hand following the other.

Legs - Milking

With one hand, gently hold your baby’s ankle. Place your other hand at the top of your baby’s thigh, molding it around the leg, then slide it to the ankle. Repeat with firm yet gentle rhythmic strokes, one hand after the other.

Massage Back

Enrich your bond with baby with skin-to-skin contact between baby, mom and dad. Keep baby close to your chest and massage their back beginning at the neck, swooping down to their bottom.