A lot of us think of baby massage as being a new phenomenon as it has only been popular in the Western world in recent times and some may even think of it as a bit ‘hippy dippy’ and just for earth mummas! However, evidence of baby massage has been found in India, Africa and Asia dating back 3000 years and it has been passed down from generation to generation as a routine and everyday part of normal baby care. In the West, we are just beginning to discover the benefits of baby massage for both babies and their caregivers.
Touch is a baby’s first language and spending time on mindful massage with your baby can help you get to know them, understand their cues and how they communicate and increase your confidence in parenting your child. Baby Massage is an extension of a parent’s natural instinct to nurture, care for and soothe their baby.
Further to this, interestingly, studies have shown that routine positive touch including massage has much deeper benefits for both parents and babies. Babies cannot communicate through speech and so rely on touch to understand and experience their care giver’s love. Touch develops a baby’s first emotional bonds with their parents or care givers and this forms a solid basis for future emotional and intellectual development. Baby massage also has links to improved physiological, cognitive and social development.
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