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Mommy Masseuse

As a busy new mom, we bet you sure enjoy a massage every now and then. Well, have you considered that your new baby might, too?
Mommyandme.com reports that infant massage is a form of parent-child bonding that is gaining popularity throughout the country. In some areas, classes are offered educating parents on the techniques and benefits. If you are not near a place that offers such classes, Mommyandme.com offers some benefits and techniques on their site.
Research shows that moms who massage their infants assist with their growth, development, circulation and digestion. It can also relieve teething pain and strengthen the emotional connection between the infant and parent.
Massaging tips offered in the article include putting on some calming music, laying your infant down on a soft towel, and using natural oils, like vegetable or olive oil, in case your little one should stick their fingers in their mouth. We think we'll probably stick with baby lotion, as oil from the kitchen pantry just seems a little odd...not to mention a greasy mess on a squirmy baby!
Pay attention to how your baby reacts to your touch, and let them guide the massage. If they want to turn over on their back, then turn them and massage their chest. If they become fussy or fidgety, bring the session to an end. Talking and singing to your baby during this time will lend another level of comfort and bonding to the experience.
Have you ever given your baby a massage? How did they react? Do you feel like it helped you to connect with your little one?

Posted: 6/3/08