Sunday, July 5, 2009

Super Mum :: Catherine from Aromababy

When our son was born nearly six years ago a friend gave me a gorgeous gift pack full of Aromababy products. We are still using this brand in our house and I can't recommend it enough. It's natural, pure, GM-free and one of the best go-to birth gifts in my repertoire.
Catherine Cervasio started her natural, organic skin care business, Aromababy over a decade ago for her own baby and has grown it to include products for mums-to-be, mums, organic baby wear and baby massage workshops. Phew!
Yes, she is one busy lady. But she still finds time to pro-actively support a wide range of children's charities, work with hospitals to promote petro-chemical-free skin care, speak on baby care and really does live by the notion of "giving back".
You can find her beautiful products in selected Myer stores, Babies Galore, pharmacies, boutique baby stores and health food stores or visit her website for more info.
Here's Catherine's 10 tips for infant massage:
1. Always start at the legs for newborns, as this is least intrusive area. Begin by holding Baby's right foot in your left hand, gently stroking up the leg with your right hand, from the outside of the ankle, up over the knee and to the inner thigh, then sweeping down to the inside ankle. Repeat each stroke 2-3 times.
2. Using both hands, apply a gentle 'wringing' action, squeezing up and down the length of the leg, finishing at the ankle.
3. Use your thumb to lightly circle the soles of the feet, gently squeezing and releasing Baby's toes one by one. Gently move one hand off Baby's leg and onto the other leg, then move your second hand over so as not to break the flow of fluid movement. Continue to massage Baby's other leg using strokes explained in Steps 1-3.
4. Move up toward the tummy area and make contact with this new 'space' so Baby becomes familiar with the area to be massaged next. This is an ideal time to introduce circle shapes and shapes of letters, even spelling out words on the skin, making the massage more enjoyable particularly for the older child. Be sure to maintain eye contact as you explain the shape or word you are making to your child. Keep in mind strokes should be in a clockwise direction and should be confined to the abdomen only. Massage Baby's tummy from YOUR left to right, (clockwise) in the direction of their digestive tract, using small circles with fingertips or the flat of your hand and taking care to avoid the umbilical cord area.
5. Complete the front by placing both hands in the centre of Baby's chest and sweep up and out over the centre of the chest, over the shoulders and hugging the entire length of the arms finishing off at the fingertips . Using both hands massage Baby's arms using a gentle squeezing up and down, finishing off at the fingertips. Massage each finger from knuckle to tip but do not attempt to restrain your baby if he/she curls fingers, kicks or moves arms during any part of the massage.
6. Gently turn Baby over and use the whole hand to stroke from the shoulders, down Baby's back to the buttocks - take care of Baby's delicate spinal area and instead always work either side of the spine.
7. Use both thumbs to make small circles around the top of the buttocks using both hands, starting toward the middle and moving out to the sides. Gently knead or 'roll' the buttocks simultaneously with both hands using a press and release action.
8. Move onto the back of Baby's legs and use a gentle wring and release action starting at the top of one leg, massaging from the thigh all the way down the back of the leg and onto the soles of the foot. Move hands one at a time gently onto the second leg and repeat these movements.
9. Using long, light and fluid strokes from the head to Baby's toes, finish off the back area.
10. Carefully turn your baby over and stroke across the forehead using fingertips of both hands. Starting in the middle and gliding out toward Baby's temples. Pause for a moment and use feather-light circles around the temple area. Do not massage near the eye/eyelids and take care not to get oil near Baby's eye area.
Ahhh, I feel relaxed just from reading those. Thanks Catherine.
And as a special treat for {mum space} readers I've got three gorgeous gift packs to give away. Just leave a comment below to be in the running and include your choice of pack colour (blue, pink or yellow).

And if you would like an extra entry become a subscriber or follower to this blog (leave a separate comment to let me know you've joined up).
Winners will be drawn randomly this Sunday, July 12 at 10pm and posted on the blog.
Good luck.


Christie Burnett said...

We too love Aromababy products, although our little love wasn't really one for massage. We give them to all our friends embarking on the baby adventure.


Leah said...

Any products sans petro chemicles are great in my book. I love the yellow one

Belinda said...

My friend has just had a little girl and is always up for any advice, tips or recommendations. Unfortunately, not bearing any children I haven't the expertise to help her out. But this is a great recommendation and I'll certainly be letting her know. And in case I get the chance to win and pass the pack on to her, her choice of colour would be yellow.

Your Cheeky Monkey said...

All those tips on baby massage are just great. The blue pack would be fantastic in my household :-) Thanks! Monique x

Staki said...

I love the Aromababy range, we use the Barrier Balm on my little girls bott & it always soothes nappy rash straight away.
I did massage with my eldest (now 6) & alas the poor 2nd child never got a look in but if I win the pack I promise to give it a try.
I have also used some of the baby products on myself as in my area it's hard to get natural products for me but the Aromababy range is always available.

Alena said...

It just has to be all natural for bubby skin. Yellow would be lovely.

Muckpot said...

My 5 mth old baby girl just loves her massages – we did a baby massage course when she was 10 weeks old! I have always been a fan of aromatherapy products but have yet to try the Aromababy line. Pink would be our colour choice.

Becca said...

I am always looking for new baby products. Thank you for mentioning these!

Jessica said...

After having 2 babies that suffer from eczema, I'm always on the lookout for natural products to help soothe their skin, the pink pack would be lovely for my 2 girls :)

Gayle said...

I love the tips and hints! I also love small gift packs to give as presents as you never know what skincare is going to best for other friend's kids

Anonymous said...

I have just had my first baby and would love to try these out on her delicate skin. Chelsea xo

Cal said...

Hi Sandra. I love your blog. These products would be great to try out on my baby. Blue please if we win.

Anonymous said...

They would be great for our new bub--Justine--x

Adam & Jada's mummy said...

These would be great for Jada's sensitive skin :)

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