Infant massage (1014)

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Infant massage Infant massage is a caring and soothing touch done for infants. It can be taught to parents by a certified infant massage instructor (CIMI). Massage is a way for parents to connect with their new babies who need to feel safe and secure.

What are the benefits of infant massage?Baby getting a back massage from parent


When should I massage my baby?

Massage should be done while your baby is awake, rested, smiling, and playful. This is called the quiet alert stage. You may find that massage works best after a bath, before eating, or before putting your baby down to sleep. Wait for 30 minutes after a feeding to massage your baby. This gives your baby time to digest their food. Start out with 3 to 5 minutes two times a day. Work up to about 20 to 30 minutes a day.

How do I do infant massage?

More information on Infant Massage can be found on the International Association for Infant Massage (IAIM) website at #1014 April 2022 Page 2 of 2. This sheet was created to help you care for your child or family member. It does not take the place of medical care. Talk with your healthcare provider for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. #1014 April 2022 Page 2 of 2 Children’s Wisconsin • PO Box 1997 • Milwaukee, WI 53201-1997 • © 2020 Children’s Wisconsin. All rights reserved.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has: 

  • Epilepsy or a seizure disorder.
  • Had recent surgery.
  • Special health care needs that were not covered by this information

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