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The Benefits of Baby Massage

by Maxine
Posted August 18 2010 11:00am
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Many health care professionals agree that infant massage is a wonderful way to strengthen the parent-child relationship and contribute to a baby's healthy development. It’s a good idea for parents to learn massage techniques from a certified Infant Massage Instructor in a class with other parents and babies.

That way you’ll come to understand how to individualize the massage to your own infant's needs, developmental level and temperament and this can be a great opportunity to meet other parents in your community.

There are a number of benefits of infant massage:

  • It's relaxing! Most babies love being touched in this gentle and nurturing way. The loving touch can reduce fussiness and irritability.
  • It helps with digestion.
  • It can provide relief with gas or colic.
  • Premature babies benefit from appropriate massage. Research connects infant massage to weight gain in premature babies.
  • Massage promotes bonding. Both you and your baby will come to enjoy this special time just for the two of you.
  • It helps with communication. You become more attuned with your baby's nonverbal cues.
  • Sleep patterns improve. Your baby is learning to relax, and the result is often more sound and longer sleep.
  • It provides stimulation. The gentle stroking stimulates muscles and circulation.

If you’re considering baby massage, check out our Safety Tips for Massaging Your Baby and our Baby Massage Tips.

Sources: Tina Holden, Child, Youth & Family Consultant, British Columbia.
Jill Vyse, Massage Therapist, International Association of Infant Massage, Canadian Chapter.


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