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Paula and Lynn at Sweetpeababy are delighted to be working with Cuddledry to promote Infant Massage as a wonderful way for parents to communicate with their babies.
Paula, an experienced Health Professional, on massage, ‘After your baby is born it takes time for you to get to know each other. Some parents talk of feeling an instant, intense love for their baby, for others it is a much more gradual process. Whatever your experience, massaging your baby will enable you to develop a close and mutually beneficial relationship. During massage stress hormone levels are reduced and ‘feel good’ hormones are produced which are of benefit to both of you. At the end of the massage you will feel beautifully relaxed and attuned to one another.’
Lynn at Sweetpeababy says, ‘Some babies find it hard to stay still long enough to relax and allow themselves to enjoy their massage! Laying your baby on a soft and cosy cuddledry towel as part of your massage routine may make all the difference.’
Some benefits of baby massage:
- Aiding sleep and relaxation
- Reduction of colic symptoms and digestive problems
- Promotes bonding
- Feeling closer to your baby
- Loving communication through touch
- Learning a new skill
- Fun for you too!
When you have undressed your baby ready for massage on your cuddledry towel fold the ‘apron’ over to keep baby warm and snug until it’s time to begin. After you have enjoyed massage together secure the ‘apron’ around your neck, pick up and hold your baby close.
Remember, after massage baby will be quite slippery and oily. Protect your clothing and keep your baby safe with your cuddledry towel.
Skin to skin contact is important for babies. Try having a warm bath with your baby directly after massage and hold your baby close to your bare skin. Keep your cuddledry towel handy for snuggling them up when you have finished.
For more information on Infant Massage and to find an Infant Massage Instructor in your area contact the International Association of Infant Massage at www.iaim.org.uk
Lynn Medlin teaches Infant Massage in the Cheltenham area and welcomes enquiries – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn and Paula at Sweetpeababy are both Certified Infant Massage Instructors and encourage all parents to massage their babies. As part of a Sweetpeababy day or weekend parents- to- be can watch an Infant Massage demonstration and get a chance to try it out on special massage dolls.
Written by Sweetpeababy. See website for pregnancy advice and antenatal classes www.sweetpeababy.co.uk
(Cuddledry Ltd. is not the writer of this copy and accepts no responsibility for its content. This article been contributed to Cuddledry Ltd. by the author detailed).