bathtoddler

post-bath toddler massage {how to}

I used baby products by JOHNSON’S® to show how to massage a toddler after bath as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners #SoMuchMore

Life with a toddler boy can be a bit crazy.  He is everywhere at all times, a bull in a china shop, a hurricane of swinging arms and Star Wars figures.  He is covered in bruises, lumps, cuts and scrapes, new ones appearing each day.  He yells and screeches just to hear his own voice and he prefers to destroy rather than create.

#johnsonspartners #somuchmore

…but at the end of the day we unwind with a much-needed bath, lotion massage and bedtime story.  His breathing slows, his wild eyes grow tame and his 100 mph babbling decelerates to a trickle of “ums and moms”.  This is my favorite time with him. Bath time extends on after the bath, giving you an opportunity to relax your toddler because bath time is so much more.

#somuchmore #johnsonspartners

After his lotion massage, he turns into a sweet cuddlebug who wants only to curl up on my lap and stay there.  He smells like clean baby, skin so soft and muscles so relaxed.  It is an important step many parents skip because of time.

#johnsonspartners #somuchmore

Massaging your baby and toddler is super beneficial.  There is no substitute for skin to skin contact right from day one.  Studies show that infants who experienced routine touch and massage were 50% more likely to make eye contact and 3x more likely to make positive facial expressions like smiling.  It makes them happy, it helps them to feel connected to you and strengthens the trusting bond you share.  Massaging increases circulation and improves alertness and attentiveness as well.

#somuchmore #johnsonspartners

#somuchmore #johnsonspartners

When your infant turns into a toddler, it can be easy to let the post-bath massage go.  I know, they are wild, but a calming massage can tame the toddler beast, so to speak.  Here are my top tips:

5 Toddler Massage Tips

  1. If your toddler is talking and responding, ask for their permission.  Ask them if they would like a massage – I haven’t gotten a “no” yet, but it creates respect and boundaries.  Toddlers like to feel in control.
  2. Set the scene, a soft cushy couple layers on the floor or bed works well.  Dim the lights and remove distractions.  Make sure to warm the lotion in your hands as you massage – and pick a room that isn’t too chilly.
  3. Using small circular movements, start at the shoulders and work your way down the arms, down the sides, down the legs to the feet.  Spend a little extra time on those tired toddler feet!  If your toddler allows, roll him over onto his side and continue the circular massage down the back, repeat on other side.
  4. Engage in learning activities like quietly singing songs or reciting silly poetry.  I also take this time to name all the body parts as I massage over them and ask questions like “can I have your foot?” “where is your arm?” etc.
  5. For the super distracted toddler, hand them the non-stimulating lotion bottle to play with while you massage.  You may even want to give them a squirt of lotion to distract them, let them rub some in!

#somuchmore #johnsonspartners

Choosing the right lotion is important to the massage process.  A baby’s skin loses moisture nearly 2x faster than an adult (!!) so pick a 24 hour lotion like JOHNSON’S® Baby Lotion.  Scent is also important.  Keep the lotion you choose consistent so the scent memory is familiar and relaxing. After all, scent is the #1 sense linked to memory.  It is very powerful, so when my son smells the JOHNSON’S® Baby Lotion on his skin and in the air, he knows it is time to calm down and that bedtime is coming soon.

#somuchmore #johnsonspartners

Have you been following the JOHNSON’S So Much More Campaign?

 

How do you relax your toddler?

Previous post

fresh spring makeup with color {Victoria Jackson}

Next post

Hummingbird Cake {Easter celebration dessert}

12 Comments

  1. April 21, 2015 at 2:32 am — Reply

    Hi there it’s me, I am also visiting this website regularly, this web page is really nice and the users are truly sharing nice thoughts.

  2. May 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm — Reply

    We have tutored high school students who have ‘always been weak in math.
    Free Games have become the order of the day in killing boredom.
    Research any job you find before giving out your personal
    information or doing any work, and never pay someone to
    hire you.

  3. December 14, 2015 at 2:24 am — Reply

    really terrific photographs.

  4. February 18, 2016 at 10:10 am — Reply

    That is very fascinating, You are an excessively
    skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look ahead
    to searching for extra of your magnificent post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks

  5. February 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm — Reply

    Hello every one, here every one is sharing such familiarity, so it’s nice to
    read this web site, and I used to pay a quick visit this webpage daily.

  6. April 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm — Reply

    hey there and thank you for your information – I have definitely picked up something new
    from right here. I did however expertise several technical points using
    this web site, as I experienced to reload the web site lots
    of times previous to I could get it to load correctly.
    I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that
    I am complaining, but slow loading instances times
    will sometimes affect your placement in google and can damage your
    high quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my email
    and could look out for much more of your respective exciting content.
    Ensure that you update this again soon.

  7. May 13, 2016 at 11:37 am — Reply

    He has also been nominated for a SKY TV Music Express for the Best Male Newcomer Award.
    The PLAY:3 is Sonos’ newest all-in-one player, delivering big Hi – Fi sound in a small size for
    any room. Once this is mastered, it is relatively straightforward to access your music by album, artist or track, in shuffle or linear play.

  8. July 1, 2016 at 9:57 am — Reply

    With an Altmer + Magic Specialization (chosen at Character start-up) + Atronach sign combination you’ll have a
    power-house: 360 points of magicka to start with is something to brag about.
    Scripted by Dan Brown in the year 2003, the book is
    based on a mysterious murder inside the Louvre Museum in Paris which is followed by symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Naveu.
    Merlin Santana (March 14, 1976 – November 9, 2002), was a Dominican American television and film actor best known for his role as teenager Romeo on The Steve Harvey Show.

  9. July 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    What’s up, I want to subscribe for this webpage to obtain most recent updates,
    therefore where can i do it please assist.

  10. March 12, 2017 at 8:25 pm — Reply

    Qualitémessagesest ⅼe cruciales à être une
    priorité poսr ⅼes personnews à visite lee site site, ԛui est ce que ce ѕіe Web
    site web fournit.

  11. April 3, 2017 at 9:47 pm — Reply

    I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your website?

    Its very well written; I love what youve
    got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with
    it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

  12. A person essentially assist to make seriously posts I would
    state. This is the very first time I frequented your website
    page and thus far? I surprised with the analysis you made to make this particular submit incredible.
    Excellent process!

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *