Man oh man. When was the last time you got a good foot rub? Probably way too long ago. Well, if you aren’t getting any good foot rubs, at least your little one should be.
When my boys were babies, I really really wanted to take a massage for babies class. I thought that it would validate me as a “good mother”. But, alas, the cost of the class and the fact that I had two babies got in the way and I never took the class.
So for a while, I felt like a bad mother and kept putting off giving my baby a massage since I didn’t know the “right” way to give one and then one day, I just started rubbing my baby’s foot and his whole body melted in my hands.
Then it started to become part of our bedtime routine. We couldn’t do it every night due to timing, but most nights that we didn’t do a bath, we did foot rubs. Then came a time where they didn’t want a foot rub. They would laugh and kick my hands and said it tickled. We stopped doing it.
Then I remembered the foot rubs again and it changed the whole energy of the bedtime routine.
- Foot rubs calm the whole nervous system of the child
- Foot rubs are a great way of connecting. If you have had an especially trying or tiring day, it is so nice to end it with a foot rub
- I don’t know much about reflexology, but I love to imagine all the ailments that I must be curing while I’m giving a foot rub. (“And while I’m rubbing here, the tummy ache is going away…”)
- They feel so good
So if you are having a great day or if you are having a horrible day, tonight give your kiddo a foot rub!