Touch is an important sensory experience for your baby. You’ve probably noticed your baby loves to be held, cuddled and stroked. Your baby loves to be close to you. Your baby feels reassured by the touch of your skin. Many parents are now turning to baby massage as a way of bonding with their babies. If you haven’t tried baby massage yet, here are five reasons why you should:
- It’s great for bonding
Including baby massage as part of your daily routine provides another way to strengthen the beautiful bond you have with your child. As the two of you relax together in a quiet room, you can look into his eyes and help him to unwind after a busy day. The massage itself encourages the release of oxytocin, the love hormone responsible for bonding, which allows both of you to relax and enjoy this special time together. It also guarantees you a little bit of time for the two of you to escape the chaos of everyday life and spend some time focused on each other.
- It aids development
Baby massage stimulates your baby’s respiratory system, immune system and nervous system. Baby massage is a sensory experience, allowing your baby to learn more about his body in a safe and relaxing environment. It allows for eye contact and touch, enhancing your baby’s social development as well as strengthening your bond.
- It’s good for sleep
If you’re trying to gently nudge your baby into more of a routine, baby massage can help. Many parents enjoy a quiet hour with their baby before bedtime. Bath and stories are popular bedtime activities, but baby massage is another great one to include. Turn down the lights, cut out background noise and spend some time helping your baby to relax before bed. The massage will help your baby calm down before bed.
- It’s relaxing
Baby massage is great for helping babies to relax, but it can work wonders for your stress levels too. After a busy day spent tending to the needs of your baby, you might benefit from some relaxation time as well. Tuck yourself away from visitors, the television, and your phone, and enjoy fifteen minutes of quiet, focused time with your baby.
- It can build confidence
Being a parent can be pretty overwhelming. There are so many decisions to be made on a daily basis, and sometimes you may worry you’re not qualified to make them. The more time you spend with your baby, the more your confidence will grow. Baby massage will help you to realize that you know how to soothe and calm your baby. As your bond strengthens, so too will your confidence.
How can I learn more about baby massage?
It’s advisable to attend an official baby massage class before you start. In infants, massage is done on the surface, with very little pressure and slow, gentle strokes. There are baby massage classes all over the country. Find out whether there is a class in your local area where you can find out more, learn the technique and meet other moms.
Have you tried baby massage with your baby?
Written by Fiona (@Fiona_Peacock), mother, writer and lover of all things baby related.
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