Baby massage

Baby massage

There's nothing nicer than setting aside a little time each day to massage your baby. Not only will he love it, but it will allow you a bit of zen time to chill out with him, relax and take a few deep cleansing breaths yourself.

Baby massage can:
 

  • Improve the quality of your baby's sleep by soothing an overstimulated nervous system.
  • Tone the digestive system - there are special massage techniques that can help relieve wind, constipation and colic.
  • Through relaxation, it can strengthen the immune system - stress weakens the immune system.
  • Improve the circulatory and lymphatic systems through stimulation.
  • Teach your baby to handle sensory input.
  • Create a conditioned relaxation response, which is hugely beneficial if you have an anxious child.
  • Reduce muscle tension.
  • Help develop co-ordination and flexibility.

Bonding through baby massage:
 

  • Touch is a very powerful element in human bonding as are communication, both verbal and non-verbal, and prolonged eye contact. Baby massage encompasses all these aspects of bonding.
  • Baby massage is a wonderful way to spend quiet time together focusing on one another.
  • For parents who have delayed bonding due to birth complications, adoption or post natal depression, baby massage offers a way to create a bonding situation that is relaxed and focused on a physical care activity that will encourage a connectedness.
  • Baby massage offers dads a way of connecting with their newborn, beyond changing nappies.

To learn how to do baby massage, go to Raising Children Network.

 

This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot. Sources include Infant Massage Australia and Raising Children Network.



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