Benefits of Baby Massage

An age old tradition that has proven to be beneficial to your baby’s growth and development is baby massage. Not only does it build your baby’s psychological, physiological, and developmental growth but it also helps mom relax and enjoy her baby during the newborn time of exhaustion and stress. With the lack of sleep and baby blues that new mothers feel, infant massage forces you to stop and take the time to bond with your baby. This is your opportunity to really understand and learn your baby.

The sense of touch is known to release the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin is known to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and anxiety so when a mom and baby bond with infant massage, both people are allowing themselves to relax.

The advantages of infant masage:

  • Infant-parent bonding
  • Relaxation
  • Helps baby feel loved
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Facilitates body awareness
  • Stimulates immune system
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Improves skin condition
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Helps digestion
  • Balances respiration
  • Relief for teething pains
  • Help waste elimination
  • Helps build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem

Learning how and what body parts to massage results in different benefits for your baby. For example, massaging the chest may ease congestion or massaging the stomach may relieve colic and constipation pain. Therefore it is ideal to properly learn how to do infant massage. Many birthing centers, hospitals etc offer infant massage classes where you bring your baby and learn how to massage your baby in class. If taking a class is not an option, here are a few book and video suggestions. Lastly, if you just want to try it on your own, read these tips and follow the instructions here on how to massage your baby properly and effectively.