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A gentle mirimiri (massage) can be relaxing for baby and parents.

The Whakatipu booklet 'Te Pihinga 1' (page 10) talks about how a gentle mirimiri (massage), especially after a bath, can be part of a relaxing routine for baby and parents.

There’s also a cartoon of a happy and contented baby having a mirimiri on his Dad’s lap, on pages 12 and 13.

Ask the whānau:

  • Have you tried any massage with your baby?
  • Is this something you’d like to try?
  • Can I share some tips with you on how to mirimiri pēpi?

Why mirimiri?

Some of the benefits of massage for parents and for baby are that it can:

  • help baby relax after a bath and before going to sleep
  • help parents learn to read their baby’s cues
  • help parents ‘get in tune’ with their baby
  • be an enjoyable way to spend time with baby.

How does this topic relate to Tākai resources?

Baby wall frieze – Kōrero mai, e aroha ana koe ki ahau – tell me you love me

Six things children need – Te aroha me te mahana – love and warmth

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