Benefits of Massage for the Baby
•Strokes on the stomach can help relieve discomfort from gas, colic and constipation. •Helps baby to relax and possibly sleep deeper and longer. •Helps promote bonding. The baby feels loved. •Touch helps the parent/infant form a trusting secure relationship. •Baby learns appropriate touch. •Touch stimulates brain development and •Promotes body awareness.
Benefits of Massage for the Parent
•Parents feel more comfortable in their parenting skills. •Parents are more aware of what is normal for their baby. •Parents understand and respond to baby’s cues. •Forms stronger bond between parent and baby. •Helps ease the stress of a working parent who is away from their child during the day. •Gives parent time to relax and unwind.
“Being touched and caressed, being massaged,
is food for the infant. Food as necessary as
minerals, vitamins, and proteins.”