There is nothing I love to do more than to have one-on-one time with my children. Don’t get me wrong, playing with all three of them at the same time is crazy silly fun but as the saying goes… it’s all fun and games until…
It’s easy to think of one-on-one activities to do with the older two. Lenny loves it when we sit on the floor and play Lego, Stella loves it when we play Barbies and dress ups together and Hazel, well, Hazel just loves any attention at this age whether it be playing with toys on the mat, reading together or bouncing on my knee! One of my favourite things to do with her, and something we have been doing for quite a few months now, is to give her a baby massage.
We first started the baby massage when Hazel was two months old. I posted a pic of Hazel on our instagram account and asked for natural remedy ideas to help get her poop flowing! She was only pooping once a week (as did all my kids when they were young) and it didn’t seem to bother her, but by the end of the week she was starting to become unsettled and irritable until she had managed to relieve herself. Suzanne Kelly from Suzanne Kelly Infant Massage saw my post and contacted me to see if I would be interested in her teaching me some baby massage techniques specifically designed to relieve constipation in babies. I was intrigued and willing to give anything (that didn’t involve medicine) a go!
Suzanne delivers her massage classes from her home in Seaford or she can come to you. I opted to have Suzanne come to our house seeming it was easier at that stage with a young baby and a toddler to manage. As soon as I met Suzanne I immediately felt at ease, she was so lovely and just so beautiful with Hazel with a very friendly, caring nature. A grandmother herself, Suzanne made us us both relaxed and ready to learn her techniques to help get things flowing!
Suzanne was super knowledgeable about all of the wonderful benefits of learning infant massage for both baby and parents. I know personally how good I feel after receiving a massage with all those happy endorphins being released! So, imagine how good it must feel for a little bubba! It also has many proven health benefits including building a stronger immune system and the lymphatic exercises can help with bubs coordination, fine and gross motor skills. It’s also a fantastic holistic approach for helping with wind, colic, constipation and reflux which is exactly what it did for Hazel.
After just our first session with Suzanne, and literally just a couple of hours after Suzanne had left my house, Hazel did a big poop! I couldn’t believe it! Her little tummy was all soft and she was all smiles. I now try and give Hazel a massage at least every second day. The length of the massage is always determined by Hazel, if she’s happy and responsive then we will usually get through most of the sequence, sometimes though I just do her legs while I’m changing her nappy or her arms and back as we play on the mat. Stella likes to get involved too, dutifully spreading out the towel for me and getting Hazel’s oil down from the shelf. I love watching her massage her baby dolls, mimicking me as I stroke Hazel. So cute!
One thing I absolutely loved about learning the techniques with Suzanne was her sincere passion for helping parents connect with their babies and the fact that you can carry the technique through as your children grow. Booking some sessions would make a great gift for new parents if you are looking for something a little different than the norm as it’s a skill the parents can learn together and then offer to subsequent children. It would also be a great exercise to do as a mothers group, booking in for a group session and learning the techniques together. Suzanne is a qualified Paediatric Massage Consultant and really does have a knack with helping bubs feel relaxed.
“Parents feel more confident, less stressed and feel a closer bond with their baby after learning Infant Massage. Infant Massage increases dopamine levels in both baby and parent, as well as oxytocin which is a feel good, happy hormone. Cortisol (stress hormone) is also decreased in both baby and parent via infant massage and it’s a lovely way to include Dad in the care of their new baby.” – Suzanne Kelly.
To find out more or to book a private or group class with Suzanne you can contact her by texting/calling 0432 586 324 or visit Instagram @lovetolearninfantmassage or www.facebook.com/suzannekellyinfantmassage