Benefits of Infant Massage
I’ll admit it—I missed the boat on infant massage when my kids were babies, and I've been kicking myself ever since. Something that helps with bonding and gets them to sleep better? Yes, please!
Here are some of the amazing benefits of infant massage:
• Infant-Parent bonding
• Helps baby feel loved
• Promotes better sleep
• Boosts immune system
• Sensory stimulation
• Improves skin condition
• Improves blood circulation
• Helps digestion
• Caregivers report feeling more comfortable and confident in caring for their baby
• Parents learn to understand and respond to baby’s cues
• Parents learn techniques to comfort their baby
Personally, getting a massage is one of my favorite things to do. That’s not the case with everyone, but most people respond positively to touch. Some infants (especially very young infants) need a little time to adjust to touch. They may not love it at first, or only tolerate a little bit at a time. Usually, all you need is a few sessions to bring their response around to a positive one.
Over the years I’ve taught infant massage, I’ve heard from many mothers that their baby has never slept so well after a massage. Often, I hear that baby is more regular, less gassy, and happier in general. Whatever issue your baby is having, I’d bet it would improve with massage.
You can find more info on infant massage at The Mayo Clinic website, or you can drop me a line here. I love teaching new moms infant massage. It’s amazing to see the interaction between Mama and Baby, and watch their relationship blossom.
Baby Bonds is a Boise-based company that serves mothers with lactation support, postpartum doula care, and teaches infant massage. If you’re interested in learning more, you can find our contact information here.