The Benefits of Baby Massage for Mother, Father and Baby
Baby massage is a wonderful thing to learn and implement daily for many reasons. The first and most importantly is that it helps create and strengthen the bond between mother, and so essentially, father and baby. This is because when we are touched and massaged in a loving way, touch receptors in our skin are stimulated. This sends messages to the brain which then releases oxytocin, the love hormone. Spending focused quiet time talking to your baby, smiling at them and having close attentive eye contact means also strengthens your bond. Baby massage also enables daddy to have that precious time with baby in the early weeks rather than just changing the nappy, clothes or bottle feeding.
Baby massage has also been shown to help relieve the symptoms of post-natal depression and help you get through it.
Baby massage also has numerous benefits to baby because massage helps with their growth and development, especially with premature babies. Daily massage increased premature baby weight by 5 grams a day improving their overall health far more quickly than without massage.
Daily massage helps with brain development as it encourages new neural pathways to be made. It also helps your baby become aware of its body as your baby doesn’t know it has hands and feet to begin with. Baby massage also aids the development of the digestive system easing colic and constipation as a baby’s body has to learn to digest food. There can also be a positive impact on sleep as massage turns on the rest and digest nervous system allowing sleep to come more easily. Baby massage also helps boost the immune system making it easier for your baby to get over colds more quickly. As your baby’s immune system is brand new it’s important that they do get exposed to coughs and colds etc so they can fight them off. However, you don’t want your baby to have one all the time!
These are a few of the things daily baby massage can help with. It’s also a really enjoyable experience for you both, and quick and easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
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