Infant massage has long been a part of bringing up a baby in Asian and African cultures, and now Western countries are starting to catch on. Research has shown it can help babies settle and sleep, reduce crying and help with digestion. A 2013 study by the Cochrane Institute analysed 34 studies and observed that many saw lower levels of stress hormone, cortisol, in babies who had been massaged, as well as higher levels of melatonin.
Our favourite reason though is the time it gives you to bond with your little one. Despite spending close to 24 hours a day together, it can be easy to forget to take just a few minutes to recentre. Studies on the mental and emotional effect of baby massage are limited but this Korean study found a significant, positive impact on bonding, while another suggested massage could help mothers who are having moderate difficulties with their baby.
Other areas where baby massage can help include:
Ultimately, we encourage you to see what works for you and your baby. We hope you love it as much as we do, and that it becomes a truly special part of your day.
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