As a new parent, you may be wondering if baby massages are beneficial for your little one. The answer is a resounding yes! Baby massages have a variety of benefits that can help your baby feel nurtured, loved, and relaxed. Not only that, but research has shown that infant massage can help premature babies gain weight and even reduce stress levels in both babies and adults. When it comes to giving your baby a massage, start with the upper body.
Make gentle, smooth movements towards the chest. You can also try placing your baby on his stomach for a brief massage, although some babies may not like to be on their stomach for a long time. Research suggests that infant massage has tremendous benefits in helping babies grow and thrive. Studies have found that premature babies who received “touch therapy” (a massage) gained 47 percent more weight than premature babies who did not receive any massage.
Additionally, some studies suggest that infant massage with moderate pressure might promote the growth of premature babies. Baby massages can also help reduce stress levels in both babies and adults. According to Rebecca Millhouse, CMT, NMT, CIMI, when babies receive physical contact they feel safe and secure, leading them to a more balanced state of well-being overall. Furthermore, research has shown that human contact reduces stress and lowers blood pressure in adults, and babies are no different. Finally, baby massages can help improve sleep.
Since the main function of melatonin is to regulate sleep cycles, massage helps babies fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. The common reasons that babies begin to worry during a massage is that they are hungry, very cold or even bored. In conclusion, baby massages have a variety of benefits for both you and your baby. Not only will it strengthen the bond between the two of you, but it can also help your baby feel more relaxed and improve their sleep. Additionally, research suggests that infant massage can help premature babies gain weight and reduce stress levels in both babies and adults.