A Good Start

  • Babies love to be cuddled and be spoken and sung to,
    baby massage brings positive touch.

    The benefits of baby massage are:

    • Positive touch
    • Better understanding of baby’s needs
    • Confidence in handling babies
    • Can help with bonding and attachment
    • Gives one to one time with baby
    • The interactive songs can help with babies language development
    • Both mum and dad can do it (as can older children/grandparents/carers)
    • It’s relaxing for both parent and baby
    • Massage can lower the stress hormone cortisol, helping improve the immune system
    • It can help with sleep, colic, constipation and teething
    • It’s free
    • It’s simple
    • It’s fun
    • Meeting other parents and babies
  • Baby massage is usually carried out after the babies 6/8 week doctor’s check until they can roll over, this ensures that all is well with the baby before a full baby massage sequence is carried out.

    Before 6-8 weeks the baby may not like to be undressed and they lose heat faster the younger they are, it may be possible to massage their hands and feet and to use holding techniques to help calm them.

    If a baby has additional needs this does not always stop them having massage, permission should be sought from the doctor/consultant looking after the baby and the movements and positioning can be adapted to suit the baby.

    Group sessions are carried out over 4 to 5 weeks and last 1 to 1½ hours.  

    If you are a parent living in Midlothian, baby massage can be accessed at a local Midlothian Sure Start centre for free.  

    You need to bring:

    Yourself and the baby(s), A towel, A changing mat, A drink (milk or water) if not breastfeeding.

    We will provide:

    50 ml of 100% pure cold pressed sunflower oil

    Instruction sheets for taking home including – massage strokes, songs and foot reflexology points.

    Certificate of attendance

    A relaxing time

    Donations towards the cost of the oils are welcome.

    For information contact:

    Admin ( agoodstart@midlothiansurestart.org.uk )

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