Benefits of Baby Massage
Posted on July 19 2018
Boost Your Baby's Health and Strengthen Your Bond with Massage
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There’s something inherently miraculous about a mother’s bond with her baby.
When they’re born, babies’ only means of communication is touch. More often than not, it’s enough to hold your baby to soothe her crying and create a sense of reassurance. No doubt, giving her a full-body massage can help to strengthen that special bond between mother and child—while improving her health and aiding in her development.
Here, we’re discussing the benefits of baby massage—for your little one as well as yourself.
Relieves Stress and Increases Feelings of Happiness
One of the most notable benefits of baby massage is the ability to stimulate your infant’s central nervous system. Research suggests that regular massage can reduce stress levels in babies by decreasing the brain’s production of cortisol, a hormone that’s secreted in response to stress. Similarly, rhythmically stroking your baby’s body can also increase the production of feel-good hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin—the latter being responsible for creating feelings of warmth and love. Not only will this help her sleep better, but it will also reduce cranky behaviour and fussiness.
Alleviates Pain and Discomfort
Nothing makes a baby fussier than pain and discomfort. Whether we’re talking about pain in the legs or abdomen, flatulence, or congestion, any kind of discomfort can cause your little one to become very cranky—and possibly wake you up in the middle of the night with a crying fit.
The soothing stroke of your hands can alleviate pain and discomfort, increase the pace of waste removal from the body, and speed up the natural progression of food along the digestive tract. These, in turn, help to eliminate other digestive problems such as constipation and acid reflux, greatly improving your infant’s well-being.
A Unique Bonding Moment
Baby massage is very gentle and relies on affectionate touch and rhythmic movement—both extremely powerful forms of communication between babies and their parents. It’s also an effective form of skin-to-skin care, providing an excellent opportunity for you to learn about your baby’s behaviour and signals so as respond better to her unique needs. Not to mention it boosts maternal confidence and helps you feel more in control—even when feelings of helplessness overcome you.
How to Massage Your Baby
Now that we’ve rounded up the benefits of baby massage, it’s time to get to work.
The first thing you want to do is get everything you’ll need ready at hand: Avado Avocado Oil, a towel or muslin square, a fresh nappy, and clothes for afterwards. Place your baby on a warm towel or your lap, apply a dab of oil to your hands, and rub them together to warm them up. Starting with the legs, carefully rub your baby’s skin, applying gentle pressure as you go. Work from the thighs down her knees, then down the shins, around her calves and ankles, and from heel to toe. Gently stroke down her chest and along the curves of her ribs, down her arms, and from the neck to the ears and down her shoulders.
Don’t rush—take the time to enjoy this unique bonding moment with your little one.
The Best Avocado Oil for Baby Massage
Avocado oil is a great choice for baby massage—it’s rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, pantothenic acid, and essential fatty acids, which give it excellent regenerative and restructuring properties that keep the skin moisturised and elastic without clogging the pores. Its lecithin and phytosterols enhance absorption by the skin, so that all nutrients are more effectively delivered and doesn't leave your baby feeling oily. Avocado oil is especially good if your baby is suffering from irritation or soreness, providing instant relief and alleviating discomfort.
The Avado Avocado Oil is extracted from organically grown avocados, without any harmful chemicals that might irritate your little one’s delicate skin. It’s nourishing, moisturising, and healing, doubling the benefits of baby massage and supporting the well-being of your infant as well.