Did you know that massaging your baby brings many benefits to both you and your little one? Babies thrive when they are held and loved because the human touch has the power to emotionally engage and connect, more so when it is mother holding and caressing baby.\u00a0 And so it is that with each loving stroke of your hand, your baby will feel your love and reassurance, helping him develop trust and confidence while deepening that bond between the both of you.\r\n\r\nThese are precious moments to be treasured because not only will baby feel more contented, relaxed and calm, so will you in expressing your affection through your touch.\r\n\r\nBaby massages have been known to soothe baby so much it improves his sleep patterns too, especially when he is still a newborn adjusting to the sights and sounds of his brand new world. A baby that sleeps soundly will allow you to catch up with your forty winks. The rest time for you will aid your recuperation and well-being during your confinement period.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNot only does massage help baby sleep better, research suggests that baby massages stimulate baby\u2019s developing circulatory and gastrointestinal systems, helping him feed and digest better and achieve his growth milestones. Baby massages can often help alleviate common digestive and developmental problems too. These problems include:\r\n\r\n \tGas and colic\r\n \tConstipation and elimination\r\n \tGrowing pains and muscular tension\r\n \tTeething discomfort\r\n \tCramps\r\n\r\nAt the same time, it accelerates his neurological and neuromotor development \u2500 big words that simply mean helping your baby gain and build muscle tone and flexibility so that he grows up strong, become less stressed and hence cry less, smile more, become more alert and aware and ultimately grow up to be a happier and better-adjusted child.\r\n\r\nBaby massage is usually introduced in the first few weeks of birth. How often you want these intimate mother-baby moments is up to you and baby. There are no hard and fast rules. Some parents massage their babies every day, some every other day or several times a week or it can be a nighttime routine to induce relaxation for bedtime as baby grows up.\r\nChoosing the Right Baby Oil\r\n\r\n\r\nNow that you know all the benefits of massaging baby, how do you do it? For starters, applying a little baby oil helps to smoothen the touch and reduce friction on skin.\r\n\r\nChoosing the right baby oil is just as important as putting the right touch on baby to draw maximum benefits from your massage session. Choose a product that is:\r\n\r\n \tWell-known\r\n \tCo-developed by Dermatologists and Pediatricians\r\n \t0% Paraben and Colorant\r\n \tGentle on Baby\u2019s Skin\r\n\r\nEnsure that the baby oil provides the best and gentlest moisturisation especially for babies with dry and flaky skin, or those with cradle cap as baby oil is kind to the scalp.\r\nNIVEA BABY Soothing Caring Oil\r\n\u00a0NIVEA BABY Soothing Caring Oil is a multi-purpose baby product, not just for baby but also for you and your entire family.\u00a0 As a skin protector, it is specially formulated to gently care and cleanse baby\u2019s delicate skin, keeping it soft and smooth.\r\nHow Does the Baby Oil Care For Baby\u2019s Skin?\r\n\r\n\r\nNIVEA BABY Soothing Caring Oil is dermatologist and clinically-approved with 0% paraben, alcohol and colorant. It also contains no animal oil.\r\n\r\n+ Perfect for Baby\u2019s Gentle Skin\r\n\r\nAs the skin of young babies still isn\u2019t fully developed, it requires gentle care. Using NIVEA BABY Soothing Caring Oil is a great way to keep it soft and smooth while providing the protection it needs.\r\n\r\n+ Providing Baby with a Natural Skin Barrier\r\n\r\nBabies\u2019 skin is thin and although it can take in moisture more quickly than adults, it can lose it more quickly too. Using NIVEA BABY Soothing Caring Oil provides the skin with a protective barrier, preventing moisture from escaping and stopping the skin from drying out.\r\n\r\nThe best time to apply baby oil is when the skin contains the most moisture. By applying the oil when the skin is still wet, you can rest assured that you are locking in the most moisture and keeping your baby\u2019s skin hydrated for the longest time possible.\r\n\r\n+ Great for Baby as He Grows Up & for Whole Family Too\r\n\r\nNIVEA BABY Soothing Caring Oil is a versatile product. Not only can it be used for baby all the way from newborn to childhood, adults can use it too. Some people use it on the dry ends of their hair to prevent split ends and dad can use it too as shaving cream.\u00a0 The oil can also be used to remove stains on skin from latex paint.\r\n\r\nNIVEA BABY Soothing Caring Oil is not just for babies though.\u00a0 It is great as the family\u2019s moisturizer and facial cleanser or for mum to keep pre and post pregnancy skin supple and smooth.\u00a0 Best applied on wet skin, it creates a protective seal on the skin \u2500 whether on adults or babies.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow To Massage Baby\r\n\u00a0~ A Step-by-Step Guide ~\r\nWhen baby is calm, alert and feeling comfortable, lie him down on a towel or his crib and undress him. Make sure you and baby are in a quiet and comfortable spot away from noise and distraction so that both you and baby can focus on each other and derive the maximum benefit from the power of touch.\r\n\r\nWarm a little NIVEA BABY Soothing Caring Oil in the palm of your hand and you are ready to begin.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tFACE \u00a0\r\n\r\nGently trace circles around his eyes, across his nose and along the cheeks to the ears. Then concentrate on circles around the mouth and down the chin to the neck area.\r\n\r\n \tARMS\r\n\r\nUse your fingers to gently stroke down his arms while massaging his arm muscles. Then grip the arms above the wrist and gently pull in a downward motion.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tHANDS\r\n\r\nTake your time to work NIVEA BABY Soothing Caring Oil into every finger individually while holding baby\u2019s forearm. Then gently massage the palms.\r\n\r\n \tFULL BODY\r\n\r\nSlowly massage the entire length of your baby\u2019s body from head to toe in a single motion before stroking from his shoulders to the tips of his fingers.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tFEET\r\n\r\nTake one foot and cover it in the baby oil, gently making small circular motions on the sole of the foot using your thumb before massaging each toe individually.\r\n\r\n \tLEGS\r\n\r\nStart at baby\u2019s stomach and stroke all the way down to his toes, using the baby oil to massage their leg muscles. You can then start to move the legs in a cycling motion to work these muscles.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tBACK & BOTTOM\r\n\r\nGently roll your baby over and begin to massage along from the arms to the shoulders and then down to the toes. Make sure to pay particular attention to tracing the muscles in the spine.\r\n\r\n \tYOUR BABY SHOULD NOW BE RELAXED\r\n\r\nBaby massages using baby oil should leave most babies soothed, relaxed and ready to sleep. Enjoy this precious bonding time with baby.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe NIVEA BABY Range\r\n\r\n\r\nApart from NIVEA BABY Soothing Caring Oil, there are five other products in the NIVEA BABY range. They include:\r\n\r\n \tNIVEA BABY Head to Toe Shampoo & Bath: A two-in-one, it gently cleanses both baby\u2019s delicate skin and fine hair without drying.\r\n \tNIVEA BABY No Tears Mild Shampoo: Especially formulated for baby\u2019s scalp and hair. No Tears formula is gentle for delicate eyes during bath time.\r\n \tNIVEA BABY Gentle Touch Moisturizing Lotion: Moisturizes and protects baby\u2019s delicate skin daily, making it healthy and soft while strengthening the skin barrier.\r\n \tNIVEA BABY Daily Protection Smoothy Cream: Moisturizes for 24 hours to soothe baby\u2019s skin from irritations and strengthen the skin barrier.\r\n \tNIVEA BABY Soft & Cream Wipes: Soaked in tenderly caring soft cream, it gently cleanses and provides stressed and irritated baby skin with instant care and soothing relief.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFor more information, visit NIVEA Malaysia's website or Facebook.