Step 2: Massage

The second step is a wonderful way to make your baby feel secure, loved and ready for sleep - a soothing massage.

Massage can help you recognise and respond to your baby's body language and it's a great way to make your little one feel safe and secure. In fact, research has shown that there are significant health benefits to baby massage, and it's also a perfect time to bond with your baby.

There's no one way to massage your baby - follow your intuition along with the sequence suggested in the how-to massage guide below and you'll soon discover what works best for you and your little one.

Before you dress your baby for bed, apply a small amount of baby lotion like JOHNSON'S® Baby Bedtime Lotion™ to the palm of your hand and then softly massage it into your baby's skin.

It's always worth remembering that massage is something you do with, rather than to your baby.

The how-to massage guide below will help you develop a successful method, so that you and your baby can enjoy the benefits of massage, while strengthening the bonds between you.

For a how-to massage guide, visit our how-to massage guide.

Now you’re ready for Step 3!