Frequently asked questions
When is a good time to start massaging my baby?
We, and the IAIM, recommend that you can start to massage your baby during the 'quiet alert state'. As you learn your baby's cues you will know it is the right time.
What kind of oil should I use?
Generally, we recommend a cold pressed, unscented fruit and vegetable oil such as safflower, sunflower or fractionated coconut oil.
Why should I attend an infant massage course?
Whilst we understand there are many videos and book references available, learning with a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI or CEIM) is a more hands-on, interactive and personal experience. IAIM instructors teach each of the strokes one-by-one so you will feel comfortable and confident that you are doing them correctly. CIMIs also help you understand your baby's responses and can help answer any questions you may have about touch, bonding/attachment and other topics. During an infant massage class, you will also benefit from interaction, knowledge and experience from other parents.
How long does a course last for?
We like to introduce babies to massage at their own pace. During our infant massage classes, you will be introduced to new information each week and build on previously taught techniques. Our course is designed over a 5 week period with each session lasting around 90 minutes to build relationships between parent and baby to instil trust and create positive associations. Long term training sessions also encourage engagement between parents fostering opportunities for ongoing support and friendships long after the classes are over.
Can both parents attend infant massage classes?
We encourage both parents to participate in Infant Massage classes. This gives your baby a chance to bond with each parent in his/her own way. Fathers and Mothers often develop different styles and unique ways to interact with their babies, and these classes are a great way for both parents to form a life-long bond with their child.
How often can I massage my baby?
We recommend you follow your baby's cue's.
When can I begin massaging my baby?
Introducing touch can be started soon after birth. Start with skin-to-skin contact, such as placing the baby on your chest. Gradually, introduce back and leg strokes and then involve other parts of the body. By following your babie's cues, looking for signs of being quiet and alert, you can begin massage during the first few weeks after birth and then gradually develop a nurturing routine that will last a lifetime.
What if my baby has special needs?
Infant massage can be very helpful for babies who have experienced challenges in their lives. It can present a wonderful way to strengthen the communication between parents and their children. We can guide you as you progress through our course and provide you with additional resources.
What should I consider when looking to start an infant/baby massage class?
We always recommend looking for a CIMI or CEIM qualified instructor. You can find a list of instructors in your area here.
What should I bring to a course?
First we recommend you bring your baby! along with nappies, wet wipes and a change of clothes. We provide pillows and blankets, however do feel free to bring your own massage pillow, blanket and something that has your own smell on it.