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.

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…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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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