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?
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