[ Baby massage is so much more than simply learning techniques to relieve your baby’s tummy pain (from wind, colic + constipation), teething pain, and draining nasal passages of mucus; It is also stimulating their development and aiding relaxation. But most importantly, it is offering you an opportunity to tune in, cultivate connection & spend special 1:1 quality time with your babe, toddler, or child as they grow. Creating so many special memories for you both. ]
We as parents are babies first teachers, they learn about feelings, emotions and social interactions from us. This gives us the most incredible opportunity to shape how our babies’ brains develop and how they perceive the world. This window of opportunity to help support a baby’s emotional development is vital to creating a secure child who is confident to go out and explore the world, interact with others knowing that he/she is loved.
This sounds simple, but sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to give love if you’re not feeling it for yourself or you have never experienced it. If this is you, do not worry. Not everyone falls in love at first sight with their baby. Bonding with your baby is an ever-evolving process, just like with any relationship you have to continually work on it. The good news is there are lots of ways to communicate feelings of love, security, trust, comfort, and support with your baby.
The skin is the first organ developed by a baby in the womb and it is made of the same embryonic tissue as our brains. Which means we can use gentle, nurturing touch to communicate with our babies immediately. Babies crave skin contact. The skin is as thirsty for sensory experience as our brain is and the power of touch is often underrated. The effect of skin contact, or the lack thereof, can have profound consequences on all systems of the body. Skin stimulation is as vital as food, warmth and shelter for survival.
Baby massage is an ancient art used in many diverse cultures to help with a variety of physical and emotional needs and to promote relaxation. There are so many psychological and physiological benefits of touch for everyone. But massaging your baby is so much more than simply learning techniques to relieve your baby’s tummy pain (wind, colic + constipation), teething pain, and draining nasal passages of mucus; It is also stimulating their development and aiding relaxation.
But most importantly, it is offering you an opportunity to tune in, cultivate connection and strengthen your bond. By carving out the time and space to really connect and spend 1:1 quality time with your babe, toddler or child as they grow you will be creating so special memories of “massage time” together.
Goodbye for now beautiful Mumma,