Being a great way of affirming your bond with your baby.
It is fun and enjoyable for both baby and parent
Helps both baby and parent to relax
Helping you become more confident in handling your child and better at recognising their needs.
Research has shown that baby massage can help a mother have a positive interaction with her baby.
It can be a great way for partners, grandparents and siblings to bond with the newest addition to the family. Provides opportunity for fathers to spend quality time with their babies
Regularly massaging your baby may help them to sleep and settle better too. Your baby’s muscles relax, and breathing becomes deeper as massage raises levels of the ‚feel-good’ hormone oxytocin in both you and your baby. This helps you both feel calmer and relaxed. (This can also help with breastfeeding).
Encourages baby to sleep deeper and longer
Improves colic and constipation and calms irritable babies
Boosts a baby’s Serotonin levels which is known to reduce the risks of SIDS
Strokes can be adapted for use on babies and children with special needs to help them reach their potential
Massage can also be adapted for use with children of all ages. Babies and children who are massaged regularly are more likely to have a secure relationship with parents and so tend to have better relationships with others, both as children and adults
Benefits flow onto the next generation as parents tend to parent as they themselves were parented
Although massage is beneficial for all babies, it is particularly useful for those with special needs, such as Down’s syndrome or cerebral palsy, as it provides a unique way of communicating and soothing them