Benefits of Infant Massage for your Baby Facilitates infant-parent attachment or "bonding" Stimulates production of Oxytocin which is the 'calming' hormone Relaxation Helps baby feel loved Promotes better sleep Facilitates body awareness Boosts immune system Sensory stimulation Improves skin condition Improves blood circulation Helps digestion Balances respiration Relief for teething pains Helps waste elimination Helps build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem
Benefits of Infant Massage for the Parents Caregivers report feeling more comfortable and confident in their ability to care for baby Parents learn to understand and respond to baby’s cues Parents learn techniques to comfort, calm and soothe their babies Provides an additional avenue for close and nurturing contact Helps parents learn about their baby (their needs and desires) Relaxes parents
Infant Massage is one of the most natural and pleasant methods of providing such important early nurturing. It is an amazing tool for helping parents become closer to their babies.
Infant Massage provides these benefits Stimulation to all the systems of the body, including: Nervous system Circulatory system Respiratory System Elimination System Immune System
Stimulates release of Oxytocin, known as the cuddle hormone (released in both parent and child) Stimulates release of Prolactin (promoting milk production in the mother) Stimulates release of other endorphins Reduces muscle stiffness and normalizes muscle tone
Relaxation Helps relieve tension built up from stimulation in the baby’s environment Helps babies handle sensory stimulation and respond in a relaxed manner Helps babies sleep better Helps regulate sleep/wake cycle
Relief Touch combined with vocalization may help reduce discomfort level up to 80% Helps tone digestive tract Helps alleviate gas and promote elimination Releases hormones for food absorption Releases endorphins, natural pain killers, to ease emotional distress
Bonding and Attachment Infant massage draws on all the elements of bonding and attachment: Eye-to-eye contact Skin-to-skin contact Body scent Vocalization Taste Responsiveness Hormones stimulated by infant massage promote bonding and attachment between parent and baby
“Bonding is a unique relationship between two people. It is specific and endures through time.” M. Klaus
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