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Cheryl Manning

Why Massage Your Baby?

Benefits for Baby   |   Benefits for Parents   |   Other Benefits

Benefits for Baby

  • Promotes bonding and communication
  • Assists in overall growth and development
  • Promotes sounder and longer sleep
  • Improves function of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, eliminative, nervous, and immune systems
  • Reduces the symptoms of colic, gas and GI tract distress
  • Gives relief from the discomfort of teething and congestion
  • Improves sensory awareness
  • Helps baby learn to relax, decreases production of stress hormones
  • Reduces fussiness
  • Enhances awareness of being loved, accepted, and responded to
  • Assists in increased vocalizations

Benefits for Parents/Caregivers

  • An opportunity to connect, interact and share quality time
  • Builds a bond between parents and children that can last a lifetime
  • Increases confidence in parenting
  • Helps parents better understand and respond to baby's verbal and nonverbal cues
  • Increases prolactin production - the nurturing hormone
  • Increases parents ability to help relax their child in times of stress
  • Positive effects on other relationships, including partner or children

Other Benefits

  • Cross cultural studies show that babies who are held, massaged, carried, rocked and breastfed, grow into adults that are less aggressive and violent, and are more compassionate and cooperative
  • Recent research shows benefits for children with asthma, diabetes, and premature infants
  • Mothers with postpartum depression have shown improvement after starting infant massage