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Baby massage is an ancient art that has been practised by parents through the ages. Infant massage is something parents have done naturally to nurture their babies, and now research is discovering why this ancient art is so important for baby's wellbeing.
Massage is all about the power of touch. Touch is a universal language that we all instinctively understand. A tender touch signals safety and trust, and is the very best way to comfort.
As the first of the five senses to develop in babies, a tender touch sets the foundation for baby to thrive.
How does touch help baby thrive?
Tender touch is how we communicate to baby that they are safe and loved, and that they can relax and trust us to care for them. Research has shown that babies who are gently massaged daily respond with:
Bonding between mother and baby begins in the first days of life and is crucial for baby's healthy development. The attachment between mother and baby developed in the first year of life, forms the foundation of baby's sense of trust.
Massage is one of the simplest and natural ways develop bonding between mother and baby. Cuddles, stroking and skin-to-skin contact all support a strong attachment.
One study carried out between June 2008 and February 2010, examined the impact of massage on the mama-baby bond. They studied 120 babies, with 60 babies massaged and 60 babies in the control group. In the massage group, mothers massaged their babies with oil for 15 minutes everyday over 38 days.
At the end of the study, researchers found that there was a significant difference in bonding between the two groups and concluded, "baby massage is effective in increasing mother-infant attachment."
Baby massage has also been found to help maintain bonding when a newborn is transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit.
Are there tips and tricks for baby massage?Creating cosy and calm bedtime rituals are a lovely way to introduce baby massage to your day.
In her pre-mum life Amanda-Jane was an environmental lawyer. When her children were little she and her family moved to the country in a market gardening area, where they experienced first-hand the toxic impact of conventional horticulture on groundwater, land and personal health. This experience launched her on a journey to restore her family's health and find practical, truly natural solutions for everyday needs. Amanda-Jane became the founder and creator of Everkind - a body care brand strongly committed to providing body kind, people kind, planet kind essentials that work.
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