Parental bonding is one of the benefits of
massaging the baby. Read on to know more about the benefits of baby massage.
have often noticed that the moment you put the infant down, he begins to cry
and then when you pick him up in your arms and pat, he is calm again. Well,
this is an instantaneous example of the benefits of baby massage.
objective behind massaging is soothing the baby with touch and care. Making him
feel comfortable and secure and develop the feeling in him that he is loved.
This is a physiological and mental requirement of the infant. In fact, it has
been noticed in studies that there is a marked reduction in crying and
irritability in babies, when they are massaged. It is very helpful for colicky
babies as they can sleep in peace.
important to know how massage reacts on the baby in order to understand the benefits
of it. Through massage, the central nervous system of the baby gets stimulated.
This actually triggers off a chain of reactions in the baby. The brain begins
to produce more of the feel good chemical called serotonin. This in turn
reduces the production of Cortisol, the hormone which is known to get produced
when the body undergoes stress. In response, the heart rate of the baby and the breathing slows down; thereby making her feel
more and more relaxed.
massage helps the baby to feel good emotionally too. As you help the baby feel
your affectionate touch in a rhythmic movement it helps in the creation of the
parental bonding. It becomes a mode of communication too. Sometimes
parents are a little worried rather petrified on how they would handle a newborn,
but as you start with the rub down, you will begin to feel confident and more
in control. Since babies are not able to talk, he expresses his needs through
various signals that you need to understand. Massaging evolves as a means of
communication and you begin to understand your baby better and more
Note While Massaging the Baby
Have a quick at some tips which
you can follow while massaging your baby.
Making Massage Enjoyable
an enjoyable activity, that is, a fun time. Even if the baby hasnâ€™t learnt to
talk, keep up a conversation with him. Sing a song, and make the environment
right. The room should be quiet and warm. Take off jewelleries if the baby is
wearing any, and also those that are on your fingers, as they can get rubbed on
the tender skin of the baby and cause injuries.
Making the Baby Comfortable
Lie down the
baby with his face up on a soft blanket or towel and remove his clothes and you
may or may not choose to keep the diaper on. You may place a tiny little pillow
under his head for support and comfort.
gently holding the hand of your infant and rub his palm with your thumb as a
warm up. He will gradually get tuned in and now you can go ahead with other
You need to
make sure that the baby is in a mood for massage. Do not force anything that is
against his wishes. You can surely lead him on, if you feel that he will slowly
begin to like it, but if you see that he does not like it, then, you must stop.