Physical contact between parents and baby could become an effective tool to communicate each other. Although the baby cannot understand the meaning of massage, but they can feel and interpret the physical closeness with their parents through the massage. Baby massage currently becomes a new trend among young moms. It also gives several benefits for moms and baby. What are those benefits? Check them below!
Benefits of baby massage
- Strengthen the relationship between parents and baby
Newborn babies cannot recognize their parents through the face, but through sound and a physical touch. So, a gentle and affectionate massage will help the baby to build trust and positive feelings about his parents. Through this massage baby will also feel more comfortable and calm. Moms can also learn to get to know the baby more closely. When massage the baby, moms can observe various gestures and expressions and learn what the baby likes or dislikes.
- Increases the relaxation effect on baby
Massage can make the blood circulation flows more smoothly and can increase the levels of oxytocin hormone. These will make the baby more relaxed and happy. If the baby is fussy and easily agitated, baby massage can be the solution.
- Increases the sleep quality
If your baby often wakes up and cries in the middle of the night, moms can try to massage the baby in the afternoon. So, the baby would feel more relaxed and could easily sleep at night. Relaxing body can make your baby sleep well and sleep all night.
- Improves the baby’s nerves sensitivity and senses of touch
Positive stimulation for the nerves and senses of touch of your baby can be aroused through a gentle and rhythmic massage. Through this massage moms will also stimulate the baby's nerves so that the nerves can develop even faster.
- Improves the baby's brain growth
A baby massage will give a new experience to the baby, thus it can stimulate new brain cells which are needed for the growth and development of the brain. Through baby massage, the baby will also learn new things. Such as variations in method of massage and new aroma from massage oil. Those stimulations will generate the body to produce myelin; a substance in the brain which responsible to regulate the nerve impulses which relates to the motor and sensory abilities.
- Strengthen endurance
During the first three months the immune system or endurance of the newborn baby is still developing. Baby massage can stimulate the production of white blood cells and can balance the immune system of the baby.
- Strengthens the muscles
According to study, baby massage on babies is able to stimulate the muscles to be stronger and develop faster.
- Speeds recovery for baby with jaundice
A study shows that baby massage on newborn babies can also accelerate the healing and recovery process of babies with jaundice.
- Improves the condition of premature babies
Baby massage can increase the weight of a premature baby, because it stimulates the main nerves called the vagus nerves. These nerves connect the brain with important substances including digestion. Reported by She Knows; a study conducted by Touch Research Institute, Miami, revealed that massaging babies since day one was proven that it could increase baby weight by 47%, babies can also become healthier and responsive.
- Overcomes pain
When the baby feels pain and discomfort, your touch by doing massage on the baby’s body can reduce the pain.
So moms there are many benefits from baby massage, aren’t there? Stimulation of baby massage would be more optimal, if it was done using oil or lotion. Two products that are safe and can be used for massaging your baby are Bambi Baby Oil and Bambi Telon Oil; the special aroma and perfect warmth on skin gives a comfort feeling to your little one. Let's try the product moms!