Benefits of Infant Massage
- Relaxes Infant
Loving touch lessens tension, fussiness and irritability. Digestion is aided and this can provide relief of gas and colic. Massage is also a wonderful way to lessen stress of parent and baby.
- Enhances Bonding
Touch conveys nurturing and love, the essential ingredients for emotional and physical growth and well being.
- Aids Growth and Development
Studies have shown increased weight gain, and immune function. Myelination of nerves is also increased. These things in turn are needed for brain and muscle development. Massage not only improves your baby’s circulation and heart rate, but also benefits her breathing and digestion.
- Promotes Communication
Parents become more aware of baby’s nonverbal cues. One on one communication instills a massage of love and security.
- Improves Baby’s Sleep
As your infant learns to relax and release stress, sounder and longer sleep is often the end result.
Newborns have relatively short attention span so the massage sequence should consist of only a few repetitions of each technique. It is best to perform a full sequence everyday, accompanied by a nursery rhyme or constant talking, which will have the baby gurgling and cooing with delight. As the baby grows to enjoy these sessions, you can increase the time you spend on the massage.
Baby’s massage should be carried out in a safe and climatically appropriate temperature. Choose a time when the baby is not hungry and just before a bath, so that the baby can enjoy it without being disturbed by hunger pangs.