If adults can appreciate a good massage, who is to say that babies don’t? A massage is an amazing way to for parents to express their gentle love and care for their kin. It helps soothe the baby and relax him or her, making it an excellent prep for nap or bed time. Most parents have already incorporated this in their routines, as it has also been growing popularity in the parenthood scene for its many benefits to the little bundles of joy.
The primary and most obvious benefit to it is that it soothes the baby, like in this video
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Studies have shown that massaging our little ones can help reduce their fussiness and crying which makes it easier for him or her to sleep better. This starts a domino effect of good things because when she or he sleeps easily, this can alleviate common wail-inducers such as colic and also constipation. Other people also believe that the gentle massages can help the baby boost his or her ability to ward off germs!
There is an absolute science behind the benefits too. According to Tiffany Field who is the director of Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, “When you give your baby a massage, you’re actually stimulating her central nervous system. That sets off a chain reaction: It makes her brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that’s secreted in response to stress. As a result, your baby’s heart rate and breathing slow down, and she becomes more relaxed. ”
Sounds pretty beneficial from something we can do for ten minutes or less each day. Not only that, but giving little babies regular massages is also very good for his or her emotional well being as well. Doctors and researchers alike have said that affectionate touch and rhythmic movement are one of the strongest forms of communication between infants and their parents. This is a great bonding experience to express one’s love for them. It is simple and very enjoyable.
Parents are advised to choose a time when they are relaxed, and little baby is quiet but also alert. Massaging a fussy baby will only make him or her fussier. Perhaps the best time could be after changing his or her diaper, or after bath time. This way, it can be a routine or even a ritual too! Everybody including babies would definitely love massages, after all! Wouldn’t you?
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Posted by Maria Anghelita on Sunday, October 7, 2018