Bambeenies are now offering Baby Massage classes with our new qualified instructor Jenny Teale. Unlike other baby massage classes we have created a unique blend of massage, sensory activities and music. The class will take you through a magical story each week featuring our very own Blossom the butterfly and Milo the Caterpillar. This magical class will not only be a learning experience for baby and carer but a truly unique bonding experience too. We have added some information below on the benefits you can expect from baby massage and some tips on when to use massage. We hope to see you soon.
Benefits of Massage
Relaxes Your Baby/ Child
Loving touch lessens tension, fussiness and irritability. Digestion is aided and this can provide relief of gas and colic. Massage is also a wonderful way to lessen stress for parent and baby.
Touch conveys nurturing and love, the essential ingredients for emotional and physical growth and well-being. It also reduces the incidence of postnatal depression in mums.
Aids Growth and Development
Studies have shown increased weight gain, and immune function. Myelination of nerves is also increased. These things are needed for brain and muscle development.
Parents become more aware of baby’s nonverbal cues. One-on-one communication instills a message of love and security.
As your infant learns to relax and release stress, sounder and longer sleep is often the end result.
Offers relaxation for both baby/ child and parent.
Even to person giving the massage releases feel good hormones, called endorphins. These are increasingly released by parent and baby/child during the massage, enabling both to feel great and relaxed
When not to massage your baby
There may be times when it is best not to massage your baby. Here are some general guidelines:
- Don’t wake your baby for massage
- Never force movements or go against your babies will.
- Stop if they aren’t enjoying it.
- Do not massage a hungry or full baby After immunisations, think about avoiding for 24 hours. If baby seems well, you can massage, but avoid the injection site for the first week.
- Don’t massage your baby if they are unwell – they usually won’t want the massage anyway recently bruised or broken skin shouldn’t be massaged
- If a baby is having medical treatment or has any special needs, check with healthcare professionals about the massage before starting.
- In general, watch and listen to the baby. She or he will tell you if they want you to stop. If in doubt, stop and check things out before continuing.