Do you have summer travel plans? No problem! By including massage in the bedtime routine, parents can help cue the baby about when it is time to sleep in any location or time zone.
To create this cueing, start each massage the same way before bedtime, and say the same phrase or sing the same song each night so that your baby becomes familiar with it. Try phrases like, “It’s time for sleepy massage”, “Baby bedtime massage”, or use another phrase or song unique to your family.
About the Author
Morgan Livingstone is a Certified Child Life Specialist and Certified Infant Massage Instructor/Trainer. She is passionate about improved child life and psychosocial supports for children and families affected by retinoblastoma.
As the Child Life Officer of World Eye Cancer Hope, Morgan contributes to the website’s Child Life sections, and speaks globally about child life supports for children with retinoblastoma. Morgan provided enriched multi-day child life programming for children of all ages at both One Rb World in Washington, D.C. in October 2017 and the Canadian Retinoblastoma Research Advisory Board meeting in December 2017.
Morgan also writes and creates resources for children and adults, and participates in child life research studies. She won the inaugural Innovation Grant at Operation Smile for developing an APP that uses Virtual Reality to prepare children receiving cleft lip and palate surgery for their operation.
Download Morgan’s helpful parent manual for supporting children’s worries using Worry Eaters.