Infant Massage is a great tool for parents and caregivers. In many cultures it is gifted generation to generation taught to new parents by others in their family or community. Massage is a fun way to bond and can help a new parent or caregiver learn their baby’s cues; helping to build routine and ease uncomfortable tummies caused by constipation and gas this also means baby spends less time crying and being fussy.
“When you give your baby a massage, you’re actually stimulating her central nervous system. That sets off a chain reaction; it makes her brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that’s secreted in response to stress. As a result, your baby’s heart rate and breathing slow down and she becomes more relaxed.”
– Tiffany Field, Ph.D. Director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine.