Baby cues are the baby’s first language. Did you know that baby massage provides you with an effective tool to understand your baby’s body language? Long before your child even utters a word, they have a very effective way of communicating by using their body as their voice. The exciting news is that by taking a parent empowering baby massage program with your baby you will learn all about your baby’s cues which they deliver in the form of body language.
Baby Massage is a misnomer as it grows with your child. Initially we may administer baby massage to bond with our baby or to help with a variety of conditions such as gas/colic, teething, sleep disturbances or even sibling rivalry. However, as our child grows, the techniques that you learn in this program can also help with things like growing pains, anxiety, body awareness and even aches and pains due to involvement in sports and recreation.
As a Registered Massage Therapist and Internationally Certified Baby Massage Instructor with two decades of clinical experience, I have seen time and time again the frustration and concern that parents have for their babies when they as they struggle to understand what their baby is trying to tell them. Are they hungry, tired, sad, have gas, are overstimulated or simply want to change their position? This is the challenge that every new parent faces as they try their best to meet their babies needs.
Fret no more as baby massage has the answer to help you start understanding your baby’s cues. Whether they are engagement cues that are trying to express to you that your baby is happy with his environment and ready to play or disengagement cues that let us know that your baby is neurologically unhappy with his/her environment and they need to be comforted in some way.
Although every baby is unique, they do share body language cues. Body language is a universal language that enables babies to communicate their needs before they have the ability to speak. You should begin a massage with your baby when they are in a quiet alert state. Being aware of your baby’s engagement and disengagement cues will not only help you to provide a successful massage but it will also enhance your parenting skills as you will be able to understand what your baby is trying to tell you and respond to their needs according.
Engagement Baby Cues (happy with their environment and ready to interact)
You should look for the following engagement cues:
1) Head in neutral position with eyes bright and in contact with yours
2) Their sounds should be rhythmical cooing sounds that are pleasant to the ear
3) Their movements of their arms/legs should be synchronized or perhaps their body is still and focused
Disengagement Baby Cues (unhappy with their environment and need a break or intervention of some kind. ie. feeding, sleep etc)
1) Head turns out of neutral position away from you as if to say “I have had enough”
2) Sounds become more staccato, and less rhythmical sounding.
3) Movements of arm/legs become more a-synchronized. If they have gas, they either pull their legs up tight into their chest or straight with force
4) The ultimate disengagement cue is crying which if you recognize the other disengagement signs and respond to them, you can often avoid an episode of inconsolable crying.
5) Arching of back – sign of gas pain
Paying attention to these cues and responding to them can help to prevent overestimation in your baby. This is important as it is much more difficult to calm your baby once they have arrived at the state of overstimulation.
Overstimualation Baby Cues:
1) Hiccups – babies get hiccups but pay attention to when they get them. Are they in a crowd, is there a great deal of stimulation, are they tired? This can create the perfect storm/
2) A fake “academy award” winning cough or sneeze – This is meant to get your attention and is successful every time.
If you are interested in taking a baby massage program, contact us on 905-840-3486. Be sure to get your WOW BABY massage oil today and start to communicate your love through touch and have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of your baby!
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