Getting started

  • Choose a time when your baby is awake and alert, not too hungry or too full
  • Set the scene by ensuring the room is warm and lighting not too bright
  • Have what you need at hand: oil, towel, clean nappies and clothes
  • Wash your hands and remove jewellery such as watches
  • Make sure that you have a safe and comfortable place to do the massage and position your baby so that they can see your face clearly
  • Before starting, take time to relax with a few full breaths letting go of any tension
  • Remember that all babies are different, changing all the time. For instance, young babies may feel more secure if most of their clothes are left on and they feel close to their parents’ body