Part of my daily routine in taking care of my baby is giving him a massage after his bath. I usually apply the I Love You method which I learned from a fellow mom. It is like lettering the initials I, L and U on his tummy. I use Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion, the one with lavender and vanilla scents because I find it effective in helping my baby relax plus it feels light on his skin. It’s hypoallergenic too. (Use Aveeno coupons to get great discounts on their products).Using Aveeno Baby lotion helps it easy to glide my hands on my baby’s arms, legs, toes and back. He loves it every time I give him a massage and will often drift off during the massage.
Truly, infant massage has a lot of benefits.Massage involves physical touch and for babies, it is a powerful form of communication between parent and child. Massage helps regulate our baby’s gastrointestinal tract, promoting good digestion and growth. It also regulates our baby’s temperature, heart-rate and sleep-wake patterns. For colicky babies like mine, a regular massage is very soothing and it helps them fall asleep easily. In fact, studies have also shown the great benefits of massage to premature babies particularly in their weight gain.
Good for parents too
Most mothers would experience postpartum depression after giving birth. During a baby massage, the “mother love” hormone, oxytocin is released. This helps mothers feel good. Baby massage is also a good opportunity for mothers to bond with their baby. Furthermore, according to www.babycenter.co.uk, close physical contact can help mothers to be sensitive to their baby’s need.
Not only does baby massage give benefits to mothers, dads can likewise take part in this enjoyable experience. Mostly, the mothers are hands on in taking care of the baby. Fathers can take this chance to bond with their little one. Moreover, baby massage can help reduce stress.
By giving my son a quick massage daily and cuddling him is my way of communicating and showing him how much I love him.