Being a parent of a newborn baby can be very hard. Babies require a great deal of attention and care to look after properly. Taking proper care of a baby entails numerous steps and challenges. You have to feed him whenever he’s hungry, keep a watch on him at all times, ensure that he doesn’t put any harmful object or substance in his mouth, put him to sleep, etc. These are only the basic things which every responsible parent must do. Taking these steps will ensure that your baby remains healthy. However, you’ll have to go the extra mile if you want your baby to be truly happy.
There are a number of things that you can buy or do for your infant child that will make him feel happy. Let’s start with the most obvious: buying toys. All kids love to play with things and manipulate them. If you don’t give your child proper and safe toys, he’ll start playing with everyday objects lying around the house, even items that are hazardous. While buying a toy, make sure that it’s rated as being safe for small babies. The rating ensures that the toy has no small parts that could be accidentally ingested.
The best thing that you could do for your baby’s happiness is to give him a massage. This might come as a surprise to some readers. Most people think that only stressed out adults can appreciate the comfort that a massage gives. This notion is, however, false. While babies can’t explicitly express their pleasure, their expressions of joy and happiness when receiving a massage are clear signs that they enjoy the service. Babies enjoy massages for many of the same reasons that adults do. Though babies have a lot more energy than adults, even they feel drained when they expend all their energy. A massage helps them to rejuvenate and regenerate their lost energy.
Giving a massage to a baby is much easier than giving one to an adult. As babies are much smaller in size, it’s possible to massage each part of their body without having to move from where you’re standing. Their small size also means that they can be given a full massage in less time than would be needed for an adult. There are some important points which must be noted before you give your baby a massage. It must be realized that while a baby massage is easy to perform, it is very different from an adult massage. The differences stem from the fact that babies are much more tender than adults. As a result, you shouldn’t use to much pressure while massaging a baby. Try to be as gentle as possible, making sure that your baby doesn’t feel uncomfortable at any point. You should also avoid using massage oils meant for use on adults. These oils can contain chemicals which, though safe for adults, can be harmful to a baby’s skin. You can buy special baby oils that are safer and smell better instead. Lastly, you should ensure that you yourself are comfortable while giving the massage. An easy way to ensure this is by sitting on a soft leather chair.