With years of professional and personal experience in caring for babies, I've come to appreciate the difference a relaxing massage can make for our babies. Many new parents wonder about the benefits and techniques of baby massage, and today, we are breaking it down for you to address those questions and help guide you through the process.

benefits of massaging your baby

Touch is an essential part of a newborn's development. It begins the start of their bonding and emotional well-being, creating a secure attachment between you and your baby. Massaging your baby can have a multitude of physical benefits, too. It can improve their blood circulation, aid digestion, help them relax and sleep better. Also, massaging your baby can help to get any trapped gas moving through their body, helping them stay comfortable and content.

how do you massage your baby?

Creating a calm and relaxing environment is the first step in a successful baby massage. Find a quiet space, ensure the room is warm (especially now it's winter!!), and you can even play some soft music. A safe and nourishing baby massage oil, such as b.box nourish, will help protect your little ones' skin while enabling you both to enjoy bonding. This lightweight and gentle oil is perfect for newborns, offering the right blend of hydration and soothing properties that use natural botanicals and no harsh chemicals.

Here's a step-by-step guide to get you started:

1. I always start a massage with the baby's arms to get them used to the feeling and check they're comfortable with the massage. Gently massage from the shoulders down to the hands in light, long strokes or circular motions.

2. Next, move onto the baby's belly, massaging in gentle clockwise strokes in a rainbow shape. This can help aid digestion and move through any unwanted wind

3. Next, move onto the legs, using long, gentle strokes from the thighs down to the feet. If your baby isn't too touchy, you can massage the feet in small rainbow shapes in a clockwise direction.

4. You can now turn your baby onto their tummy and massage their back and buttocks, making sure to avoid the spine. Use long, gentle strokes down the back and away from the head. This is usually the most relaxing part of the massage for our babies.


Always watch for your baby's cues. If they become fussy or uncomfortable, it's okay to stop. Baby massage should be a pleasant and bonding experience for both of you, so you don't have to persist if they are not enjoying it.

introducing b.box body nourish oil: the perfect partner for baby massage

midwife and mum of 4. This oil was developed by a skincare expert and mum, making it perfect for your little one. Baby skin is a lot more sensitive than adult skin, so the products you use on it matter.

Nourish oil is safe for newborns, lightweight, and contains various beneficial ingredients. Jojoba oil replenishes moisture, Kakadu plum offers antibacterial properties, and the calming scents of mandarin and chamomile help to soothe and hydrate. Plus, it's free from synthetics, parabens, and dyes, making it perfect for your baby's delicate skin.

FAQ: about baby massage

Is baby massage safe for all babies?

Generally, yes, but it's always best to consult your paediatrician if you have any concerns, especially if your baby has any medical conditions or skin issues. It may not be suitable to massage your baby when they're sick with a fever or are showing signs of discomfort from the massage.

How often should I massage my baby?

It doesn't need to be long, just a few minutes daily. Most families will give their baby a nice relaxing massage after they have gotten their baby out of the bath to help them stay calm in the evenings. As your baby becomes used to the massages, you can gradually increase the duration. My biggest tip is to make sure the room is nice and warm, as there is nothing worse than trying to massage a baby and they're crying because it's freezing!!

What oil should I use for baby massage?

Choose a gentle oil like b.box nourish oil, free from harsh chemicals and specifically designed for the baby's delicate skin.

My baby seems fussy during the massage. What should I do?

This is quite common. If your baby appears uncomfortable, stop the massage and try again another day. Every baby is different, and getting used to the sensation might take some time.

baby massage in winter: extra comfort and connection

Winter can be harsh on a baby's delicate skin, leading to dryness and discomfort. Baby massage with Nourish oil can help soothe dry skin and provide much-needed hydration while creating a beautiful bond with your baby. The warmth and comfort of your touch can offer extra reassurance and connection during the colder months.


Baby massage is a beautiful way to bond with your newborn while providing numerous developmental and physical benefits. By creating a relaxing environment and using a safe, nourishing oil like b.box nourish oil, you can connect with and comfort your baby.



Written By Lauren Brenton

Endorsed Midwife and Founder of One Mama Midwife Pty Ltd

I’m Loz and I’m an Endorsed Midwife who runs Antenatal Classes in the Sutherland Shire. I have completed a Bachelor of Midwifery and a Master of Midwifery. My favourite area is in the labour ward, this is where you can find me most days. One Mama Midwife came about in the height of Covid in 2020, when so many women were missing out on the chance to have antenatal education. Aimed at empowering you with the tools you require to have the pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey that you want to have, with advice and recommendations you can trust.



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