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During pregnancy, babies are in constant contact with their mother. Once they are born, they are in a "cold" environment and need the warmth and touching that they are used to. Babies need to experience a lot of touch. Touch, more than anything else, is tied to our emotions. So massages helps parents connect with their babies. It is a way to listen to and understand babies.

Massage can also help relieve some of an infant's physical discomforts. By applying gentle pressure and strokes to different parts of the body, you can soothe pains caused by gas and congestion. Some colicky babies can be relaxed using this technique before they begin to cry. Massage is also an important part of preparing the intestines and lungs for their new functions.

Some babies need to feel loved and massaging is a great way to show them. Not only does it make babies happier, but it makes you happier also. Touching causes hormonal changes that make your heart more open and expresses how much affection is felt for one another. In infants, it can start a lifelong relationship based on love and touch.

Technique is unimportant. Some parents take classes to learn how to massage, but all you need is to rub the various parts of your baby with loving strokes. You should keep your newborn clothed, since they don't like being naked, and just rub their legs, arms, hands, feet and head. Older babies can lay in their diaper while you add their back and tummy to the list.

There are many different lotions that you can use once you've decided to massage your baby. The following lotions are soothing to both your baby and you. Most can be found at your local health & beauty stores.

ARBONNE BABY CARE BODY LOTION $10
GERBER BABY LOTION $3
BOBBI BROWN BABY ESSENTIALS SOOTHING BABY $23
ORIGINS LOVE ME TENDER SOOTHING BODY LOTION $14