All of our babies make it to about the two week mark before experiencing the dreaded gassy tummy. With the first, I had no idea what I was doing. With the second, I did a little research and decided to cut dairy from my diet. It made a difference, but her poor tummy was still super gassy. With the third, I cut the milk immediately and researched even more. Somebody (I have no idea who) told me and showed me the “I love you” baby massage and we didn’t look back.
With Baby B, I cut the dairy and gluten and it helped even more, but she still needed those tummy massages. In fact, now that she is getting table food, those massages come in handy for other tummy issues.
I wanted to share a massage video, and then thought, nope, no babies sans clothes so hopefully, text will do!
For her massages, we started with baby lotion we had on hand and that worked okay, but then we tested out the Baby Mantra calming massage oil with apricot and avocado oil. It’s much easier for our hands to glide on her skin and leaves it gently scented.
I start with my baby on a clean surface such as the floor. I pour a little of the massage oil onto my hands and make sure it gets all the way to my finger tips.
I- Facing her, I use two or three fingers, and start on her right side of her abdomen up at her ribs. I trace an “I” going down her abdomen to her hip joint. Then, I move slightly to to her left and repeat going all the way across her body.
L- Going across her abdomen from her right to left, I form the long side of an “L”. Then I make a 90-degree turn and go down her side of her abdomen to complete the “L.”
U- Starting at her right hip bone, go up to her ribs, then go across her tummy in a continuous motion, and back down her left side her her abdomen back down to her left hip
The I love you massage really does work. In fact, I sometimes do it on my older kids too when they are having an upset tummy. Think I can get somebody to do the massage on me?