Ready to step into the wild and wonderful world of baby tummy massages? (It’s more fun than it sounds, I promise!).
Who knew that your little bundle of joy could produce such impressive amounts of gas? (A rhetorical question, of course, because any experienced parent will tell you that they knew, oh boy, they knew).
But fear not, for there’s a simple and rather enjoyable solution: tummy massages. Yes, you heard me right. A simple and loving baby tummy rub can often be just what your little gas machine needs to ease out the discomfort and grumbles.
The technique seems scarier than it is – bear with me here, it’s as easy as pie once you get the hang of it. And I promise, no advanced acrobatics or contortionist moves are required. (Well, unless your baby is a particularly wriggly one that is, then all bets are off!)
The Marvel of Tummy Massages: More than Just a Frown Flipper
Ever found yourself standing over a squirming baby, utterly helpless as their little face goes fifty shades of red? You’re not alone.
Babies are kinda like that six-piece, no-instruction, Swedish furniture set you thought would be easy-peasy. Surprise! They are also adept at projecting their insides outwards with shocking accuracy.
Here’s the kicker: there’s this secret weapon called a baby tummy massage – it’s like decoding their demanding little ways, giving rise to understanding and a surprisingly less messy living room rug.
Strap on your super-mom cape, ladies. We’re about to delve into the nitty-gritty of massaging those tiny tummies.
The Benefits of Baby Tummy Massages
Okay, so why all the fuss about baby tummy massages, you ask?
Well, believe it or not, this seemingly simple act of love does more than just put a smile on your munchkin’s face. Baby tummy massages can be the magic potion for soothing a host of digestive woes, all while paving the way for some priceless parent-child bonding time.
- It helps your little one (!) pass gas. Yes. I said, “pass gas”. And we’re celebrating it. That’s just what parenting is, folks.
- The gentle pressure and movement can boost digestion and get things moving…if you catch my drift.
- Goodbye, constipation! Seriously, those poopie-diaper moments have never been more welcome.
- Reduced belly bloat and discomfort? Yes, please!
- Sayonara, sleepless nights! Tummy massages may help your tot sleep better by relieving discomfort.
- It’s a great bonding exercise. Seriously, it’s like a date with your baby. Minus the wine. And the candle lit dinner. And… you get the point.
- The power of touch can actually stimulate growth and development. Now you’re practically a multitasking superhero.
- The rhythmical strokes can calm your little astronaut faster than a lullaby. Bonus: You’ll feel pretty dang zen yourself…
- Above all, your baby learns the language of your love. And there’s nothing quite as precious as that, right?
Cue in Jenny, my next-door neighbor, fresh into the “I just had a baby and I’m freaking out” phase. She swore her baby’s inconsolable crying was akin to confronting a demonic possession.
But then, she tried baby tummy massages, and the emotive transformation was Michael-Bay-movie worthy.
Overnight, her junior transformed from a squalling, red-faced mini-Hulk into a peaceful cherub. As it turns out, the magic was right at her fingertips…literally.
The Science Behind Baby Tummy Massages: Exploring the Research
Okay folks, let’s dive right into the deep end – nerdy side of baby tummy massages.
You may be thinking, “Really? Is there actual science behind this?”
Well, let me tell you, it’s not just about keeping your baby from becoming a cranky, tiny human missile. These massages have been proven to aid the baby’s digestion and decrease gas and colic, saving both your eardrums and sanity.
Research even backs this up, showing a significant decrease in crying for colicky infants after regular massages. Now, wouldn’t you want to turn your home from a circus into a nirvana?
So, here we are, sandwich right between the ‘aww-that’s-sweet’ and the actual proven benefits. Intriguing, huh?
The Power of Touch: Strengthening the Parent-Child Connection
Are you ready for this, mama? The dance of touch between you and your baby has the power to build bonds stronger than old Aunt Helen’s fruitcake!
Take a minute, picture this – the rhythmic strokes you use during a tummy massage lubricate not just your baby’s tiny belly, but also the wheels of a profound connection with your small bundle of joy.
According to an enlightening piece I dug up on the National Center for Biotechnology Information, baby massages instill a sense of safety and love in your child, preparing a solid foundation for a secure attachment.
You’re not merely rubbing an adorable, squishy tummy, but also conversing in a tactile language, whispering your affection through your fingertips.
Keep in mind though, while tummy massages are a hoot, they’re not just about leaving your baby grinning like a Cheshire cat.
The Art of Baby Tummy Massage: Techniques and Tips
Are you ready to turn your unguidedly wandering hands into skilled baby-relaxing tools? Buckle up for we’re about to dive into the deep sea of tummy massage techniques.
These techniques are simple and ridiculously effective, leaving you wondering if you’ve suddenly grown a magical touch (spoiler alert: you kinda have).
Research has shown how certain gentle maneuvers can provide huge relief to the mini, gassy tornadoes that commonly inhabit the baby bellies, dispersing clouds of discomfort as though you’re some sort of infant-orientated weather god.
By the end of this roller coaster ride, you’ll land in a joy of uncovering your hidden and untapped treasure of tummy taming tricks, leaving both you and your little champ full of grins!
Ground rules before you embark on this tummy adventure
So, you are determined to embark on this tummy rubbing escapade and we are right behind you – metaphorically of course, we won’t physically be behind you, that would be weird.
It’s not rocket science but a tiny little bit of groundwork will go a long way, trust me. Are you ready to learn the rules of engagement before you dive in?
- Never massage a baby on a full stomach, you have been warned. Think post-Christmas dinner sensation but times ten.
- If your baby is cranky, give it a rain check. And yes, it’s totally fine to reschedule, little tyrants change their minds all the time.
- Always use a gentle touch, you’re massaging a tiny human, not kneading bread.
- A warm room equals a happy baby. It’s not a day at the beach, goosebumps never helped anyone relax.
- Comfort is key. You want a flat, soft surface. No, the kitchen counter doesn’t count.
- The best massage oil? One that won’t give your little one a rash. If possible, opt for natural fragrant-free oils. Some babies are just born with a diva-like skin sensitivity.
- You should be comfortable too. Find a position that doesn’t turn this into a gymnastics session. Save that for yoga class.
- Lastly, eye contact and soft talking or singing can be soothing. Yes, your voice is the best lullaby, even if Simon Cowell wouldn’t agree.
So there, our unofficial, yet foolproof, guide to preparing for a baby tummy massage. Once, when my little one was all of three months old, I made the rookie mistake of attempting a massage right after feeding him. Picture a baby-sized Mt. Vesuvius…
Yep. Let’s just say, lessons were learned, amusement ensued, and thankfully, only laundry was harmed in the event. Oh, the tales of parenthood!
A step-by-step guide to a successful tummy massage
Alright, let’s get down to business, you budding baby masseuse you!
Performing a baby tummy massage might seem like a mammoth task, but don’t you worry your little anxious head off, it’s just as easy as following a recipe (not that misplacing garlic with ginger kind). Ready to mold some doughy baby bellies?
- Before you begin, make sure you’ve washed your hands thoroughly (Trust me, you do not want baby barf on your hands).
- To mint a masseuse, warm a teeny-tiny amount of oil in your palms by rubbing them together.
- Place your hand on the baby’s tummy at the naval area and start making gentle circular motions in a clockwise direction (sounds like a magic potion ritual, doesn’t it?).
- Walking the fingers around the naval (left to right) can help reduce gas and induce bowel movements (isn’t that delightful?)
- Gently knead the baby’s tummy, but remember, we are going for a soft knead, not a dough-in-the-making situation.
- End your magical tummy soothing ritual with “I love you” stroke (yes, you heard it right!)
- Observe your baby’s response: if they seem to be enjoying it, look at you rocking this parenting thing!
- Remember, should your bundle of joy seem uncomfortable at any point, call it quits, there’s always another day (or night). Your baby’s comfort is priority numero uno.
I still remember that first time I embarked on this tummy-rubbing adventure with my little squirm-ball, Sam.
It was as if I was some kind of baby masseuse prodigy – until, of course, Sam let out a howl that would’ve sent wolves running for cover. You win some; you lose some, right?
But boy, when those baby giggles come, all the anxiety washes away like a burp cloth in your sink.
I tell you, there’s nothing in the world that competes with seeing your baby happy and comfortable. So strap in for the ride and remember, practice makes perfect!
Creating a Calming Environment for Tummy Massages
Ambiance, anyone? Yeah, your baby feels it too! (Oh, the sophistication of these tiny beings!)
Picture this, you’ve just come back from the raucous world outside, worn out, frazzled, and your favorite comfy couch beckons – how does it feel? Heavenly, right?
Well, the same theory applies to your little one! Creating an environment that’s peaceful, comforting (and not an eyesore, ‘cos well, aesthetics matter too), can make all the difference between a “Waaah!” and a “Aaah…”.
Now, how do you manifest this oasis of calm, you ask? Easy peasy. Think low light, a pleasing but not overpowering aroma (a recent study has shown the positive effects of certain fragrances on infant behavior), and blot out loud noises as much as possible (unless your little tyke is secretly a metalhead, of course!).
Usher in soft, perfectly baby-mood-setting music, or heck, just hum in a lullaby-esque manner! And remember, your warm, loving voice can often be the sure-shot magic potion to coax those little tummy muscles into relaxation.
Also, it’s making this sort of serene environment a ritual before every massage session that acclimatizes your baby, helping them to understand what’s coming next (These tiny folks are uber quick learners, you know!).
So, lo and behold! Before you know it, just the very process of creating this calming ambiance will have your baby excited and ready for the heart-to-heart, skin-to-skin tummy talk.
A soothing environment? Check. Confident mommy with a mission? Check. Alright, go put that superhero cape on and let’s get on with the actual massage!
Massage for Gas and Constipation: Tried and Tested Techniques
Brace yourself, we’re about to delve into some age-old, tried and tested techniques to battle baby gas and constipation.
Many mothers will tell you that coping with a gassy or constipated baby is no walk in the park. It’s a situation that can leave you feeling helpless, as you watch your little one twist and pedalling motion.
- Belly Button Circles: This method involves gently circling around your baby’s belly button with a warm hand, moving from right to left.
- Tummy Time: While not a massage, tummy time is important. As well as advancing motor skills, it can help with gas as gravity works its magic to move things along.
- Water Wheel Technique: This consists of using your fingers to mimic the motion of a water wheel on your baby’s tummy, always moving downwards.Empowered with these techniques, you’re likely feeling ready to ward off the gas and constipation demons that haunt your baby’s belly. Let’s move on to our next adventure, shall we? What’s the best rhythm and timing for these tummy massages?
Finding the Right Rhythm: Incorporating Tummy Massages into Your Routine
So, you’ve learned about tummy massages, but how do you fit this into your already jam-packed Mommy schedule? You might be asking, “Are there special times or whatnot for this activity?”
Well, the answer is as flexible as your little one’s eating times. Trust me, it’s not like setting an alarm for a 3am conference call! Tummy massages can be a pleasant and relaxing wind-down routine, almost like reading a bedtime story, but instead of words you’re using gentle strokes.
After all, according to research, regularity and consistency in massaging can lead to improved digestion, sleep and overall temperament in babies. So, what’s the magic timing? Is there a secret hour when all the baby massage stars align?
Not really, sorry no magical Mommy secrets here! The best time for a tummy massage is when your baby is calm, relaxed, and yes, slightly hungry – but we will get into that in a moment.
Incorporating Aromatherapy in Baby Tummy Massages: A Soothing Experience
Ever thought of zesting up your little one’s massage routine? Adding aromatherapy could be just the ticket to make it a truly soothing experience.
Wait, aromatherapy, for babies? Absolutely, dear reader, but with a careful approach, of course. A gentle whiff of some baby-friendly essential oils can do more than just merely appease their senses. It could subtly enhance the whole shebang, working in sync with the massage to relax your munchkin even more.
Why not make it an adventure for their little olfactory senses? Studies show that certain scents like lavender and chamomile are not only safe but can also help improve sleep quality and soothe irritability. Remember, it’s all about adding that extra layer of comfort and, well, delicious little sniffles into the mix.
Imagine, your baby cooing in delight, their little toes curling as they envelop themselves in a gentle embrace of the calming scent. Now, isn’t that a spa-level treat you’d want to provide your little bundle of joy?
5 Common Digestive Issues in Babies and How Massage Can Help
Babies and digestive troubles seem to go hand in hand, don’t they?
Commonly, little ones experience five typical problems – colic, constipation, gas, acid reflux, and food intolerance. Readers, picture this – your otherwise cheerful baby suddenly starts crying pitifully, their face turning into a tomato as they clamp their tiny fists. Their discomfort is palpable and you’re left frazzled, wondering if it’s colic or perhaps a bad tummy day.
Could it be that the pebble-like poop or the chubby cheeks filled with trapped wind are the culprits?
- Colic: Intense crying bouts that last three or more hours, often in the evening. Tummy massages can help release trapped gas that contributes to colic.
- Constipation: Babies should have soft, easy-to-pass stools. If not, it might be constipation. Gentle belly massages can stimulate bowel movements.
- Gas: All that burping and farting? Sometimes, babies swallow air which leads to painful gas. Massages can help the baby to expel this gas, easing their discomfort.
- Acid Reflux: This can transform feedings into painful episodes. Massages can soothe the baby and stimulate digestion, reducing reflux symptoms.
- Food Intolerance: If baby’s system disagrees with certain ingredients in their diet, the consequences can be uncomfortable. Massages can help alleviate the symptoms, reducing bloating and discomfort.
Seriously though, isn’t it astonishing how a simple massage can significantly ease these bothersome issues? Soon enough, you’ll be dealing with “the monstrous colic” and other digestive villains like a seasoned pro!
The monstrous colic: What it is and how to tame it
Heard of the term ‘colic’, right? No wonder you are here! This little monster often keeps both the baby and the parents up all night.
Simply put, colic is the uncontrollable crying in babies, usually during evening hours, and it is estimated that about 20% of infants worldwide pull up this little drama. Now, isn’t that a lot? And guess what causes colic? Much like your grumpy uncle, the root cause is often unknown!
But don’t let that stress you out too much. Head high, momma! You didn’t sign up to be defeated by a little booby trap of infancy, did you? We’re here to equip you with some nifty tricks, namely, tummy massages, to help tame this monstrous fuss.
Are you ready to trade those endless tears with peaceful slumbers? Because, let’s face it, seeing your baby happy and calm is by far the best reward you can get!
Baby Tummy Massage Safety: Dos and Don’ts for New Moms
So, your adorable little dumpling has been a bit fussier than usual, leaving you with more questions than answers, right? You’re probably up to your eyeballs in baby books, elbow-deep in online forums, and dialing up your mother-in-law more often than you ever thought possible. Well, worry not, my dear. Welcome to the all-encompassing world of digesting…or rather, baby’s digestion, the epicenter of their mood swings – and your latest source of gray hairs.
- Firstly, gas pains are the sneaky little culprits behind those sleepless nights. They’re like the uninvited guests at the party who just won’t take a hint.
- Colic is the masked villain of the baby world. Like the monsoon season, it’s predictable, but oh-so-gloomy, and often causes chaos in its wake.
- Constipation can convert your cherub into a growling bear cub in a matter of seconds.
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GER), a fancy term for spit-up, can make your baby fussy and you, well…messy.
- Eating patterns affect digestion. Yeah, even if it’s only milk we’re talking about.
- The feeding position: it’s more important than you think! This isn’t a lounging-on-the-couch-with-flamin’-hot-cheetos kinda meal.
- Overfeeding is a thing. Babies, contrary to popular opinion, don’t always know when they’re full.
- Allergies and intolerances aren’t just for adults. Even your tiny one can be a picky eater from day one.
Now, on that fateful day when I first laid eyes on my son, nobody, and I mean absolutely nobody, told me that these adorable starchops could have so many gas issues. There I was, an unsuspecting new mom, delirious with joy (and a lack of sleep), not knowing what a colic-filled night before the long-awaited morning holds. Spoiler alert: It was the sound of my baby’s giggle post-tummy massage that finally did it. The ‘it’ being untying all the internal knots of worry, as his rosy cheeks stretched into a smile. So, fear not, my fellow momma. Squeezing tiny tummies to release tiny toots might just become your favorite pastime.
When the baby says no: Dealing with aversion to massage
Bravely stepping into the world of baby massages, and all of a sudden your teeny-weeny angel face appears as if you’ve whipped out a medieval torture device, not your friendly, finger-comfy baby oil?
It’s okay, mommy, the wee ones can be a bit dramatic (we do wonder where they get it from, right?). The idea is to be stubborn enough to not surrender to those puppy dog eyes.
Yes, research shows it may take a bit for junior to get in the groove of being a massage enthusiast. And no, those initial reactions are not part of a secret infant plot to break your spirit (although at 2:00 am, it can be tough to believe).
Ready to not throw in the towel yet? Excellent, you’re more tenacious than you know!
Desperate times call for desperate measures: Instant relief tricks
It’s 3 AM, your baby’s screaming like a banshee, and you, oh valiant parent, are reaching the end of your already frayed rope. Fear not. This is where our superhero cape flutters in the wind, bringing you emergency life hacks that could provide instant (or almost instant) relief.
- The Bicycle Kick: Guest starring your baby’s adorable chubby legs, this move can push out that stubborn gas. You’ll have those little stinkers cycling out in no time!
- The Golden Hold: What’s this sorcery? It’s holding baby face down over your arm or lap. Helps apply gentle pressure, encouraging a dramatic exit of gas from their starry backside!
- Warm Compress: This isn’t just for your stiff neck. A warm, soft cloth on baby’s tummy can be like a mini magic carpet ride to comfort town.
- Baby Yoga: Yes. It’s a thing! Certain yoga poses like ‘happy child’ can do wonders for easing those tummy troubles.
And now, story time. You’re sailing on the ship ‘Parenthood’, in the midst of stormy ‘Colic Seas’, clutching onto the ‘Instant Relief Tricks’ lifesaver.
Facing down the mighty Gas Monster, you employ the well-practiced Bicycle Kick. It roars, shivers, and…
Just like that, the seas become calm, the storm eases, and your small co-captain falls asleep with a gummy smile. You’re the victor.
Tuck that feather in your cap ’cause no mythological creature (or stubborn gas) can outsmart a parent armed with the tricks of the trade. Challenge conquered, mythical beast tamed, it’s time for you to get some well-deserved shuteye.
What good’s a schedule? The best times for tummy massages
Okay, so you’ve mastered the technique of the esteemed baby tummy rub. High five, you! But here’s the next challenge: when exactly do you perform this newly acquired skill? Fear not, dear reader, I’m about to spill the deets. (God, it’s like being in the CIA, but with less danger and more unexpected pee and poop.)
- First up: morning massages. An early morning giggle fest coupled with a gentle tummy massage can do wonders to land your tiny tyrant into a routine. Plus, what better way to start the day than with some hearty baby laughter, am I right?
- Next: afternoon delights. No, not that kind, get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking post-nap awakenings. Massaging those baby bellies can help smooth out any kinks from the midday snooze and let ’em stretch their tiny limbs out.
- And last stop: the bedtime routine. A soothing, calming tummy massage as part of your baby’s bedtime can work miracles. Helps them wind down, relax, and drift off into a beautiful (and hopefully longer) sleep. Bingo!
Alright, story time! Picture this: Just last week, I was trying to settle my little one into a snooze session (not an easy feat, trust me).
Instead of relying on my usual bag of tricks, I decided to try a quick tummy massage. It was like watching a kitten melt into a puddle of purrs! Sweet dreams were had and a new part of our bedtime routine was born.
So I can personally vouch for the magic trick of the bedtime massage, folks. Experiment with these timings and see what suits your cuddly cherub the best. Just remember, persistence is key!
Breaking down myths: Separating fact from grandmother’s tales
know Granny’s tales about rubbing garlic on the baby’s belly to help with gas can be hard to ignore, especially when you’re desperate. But here’s the thin: not everything passed down through the generations holds water in the face of scientific scrutiny.
Take, for instance, the old wives’ tale that babies should always be massaged clockwise to follow the direction of digestion. Turns out, this one’s a bullseye! According to research, clockwise abdominal massage not only stimulates digestion but also increases the velocity of the baby’s poop (who knew?!
On the flip side, some advice, such as the belief that all oils are beneficial for baby massaging, has to be taken with a pinch of salt. While some oil like coconut or almond oil can be fabulous for some babies, others might react negatively to certain oils. So, the takeaway? Always be keen on fact-checking before blindly following age-old traditions.
Rejoice, Mommy! You Made It: Massaging Like a Pro
So, you’ve massaged like a boss and managed to wrangle your little bundle of joy’s belly beast – raise that champion mom flag high! But let’s not forget, there’s always room for improvement, right? After all, the life of a super mom is a constant hustle and one day you’re wrestling colic and the next it’s all about avoiding a diaper blowout.
Studies have shown that infant massage can even lead to improved weight gain and development, so really, when you’re kneading away at that tiny tummy, you’re not just a mom, you’re a miracle worker.
They say practice makes perfect, or in our case: practice makes you a certified baby tummy whisperer. And though you might stumble upon filing those tiny nails or juggling a wriggly baby during bath time, here’s one fact for sure – you’ve got the baby massage thing down pat.
Measuring progress: Surefire signs that your massage is working
Well, pat yourself on the back, champ! You’ve massaged, swayed, and cooed, and now, it’s time to gauge whether you’ve been a tummy whisperer or a comic sideshow.
- You know your massage game is strong when little bub’s cramps and bloops take a hike. Those tense wails and clenched fists dissipate into a peaceful slumber or a joyous giggle.
- The diaper change game has become a cakewalk, hasn’t it? No more battling the fearsome poopocalypse or facing off against the gas gremlins – all signs that your tummy massages are paying off.
- Oh, and let’s not forget the belches and farts (yes, babies fart, news flash!). More wind passed means less discomfort for your tiny human — and less cacophonous sound effects for you to suffer. Tell me, isn’t it music to your ears?
- Your wee one’s feed-times and sleep-times become less Alfred Hitchcock drama and more nursery rhyme – a sure sign of improved digestion. And improved digestion means you now have time for that long-forgotten luxury – sleep.
But hey, all this is not just smoke and mirrors! Research backs up these signs of progress popcorned with scientific jargon for credibility.
Okay, don’t get too smug too soon. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor is a baby’s belly bliss. Slight regressions are par for the course, so don’t sweat it.
And there you have it, folks! Signs your massages are worth their weight in baby giggles. Watch for these beacons of hope as you continue along this beautiful, albeit slightly stinky, journey of parenthood.
Pat yourself on the back, but not so fast: Common newbie mistakes
Now, hold your horses, champ! Just because your kiddo grins every time your fingers hit the tummy doesn’t mean you’ve mastered the art. Just like any new skill, tummy massaging has its learning curve filled with common (and quite amusing) mistakes.
- Thumping rather than massaging: Remember you’re holding a baby, not a turkey to baste. Gentle rubs, please!
- Too much pressure: Dare to press down like you’re performing CPR and you’ll have a howling fest on your hands.
- Rushing through the process: Treating it like a rushed task between changing diapers and feeding time. Relax, Rome wasn’t built in a day!
- Taking squeals for smiles: Not every sound out of your little one means joy; sometimes, it’s a plea for a break.
- Ignoring baby’s mood: Trying to massage a cranky, tired baby is like trying to reason with a hungry grizzly bear. Good luck with that!
- Over-reliance on oil: Slathering the baby in oil until he could slide through a gutter isn’t beneficial, a couple of drops are enough!
- Filming the session: You might want to relive these moments someday, but is focusing on the camera angles really beneficial to the task at hand?
- Not paying attention to baby’s cues: Ignoring that wriggle of discomfort or yawn of boredom could undo all your good work.
- Choosing the wrong environment: Lights, loud sounds, or the aromas of last night’s dinner can distract the baby from the serene experience.
To round off, let me recall my first disastrous attempt where I nearly slathered my son in lavender oil (thanks to a gazillion parenting blogs that made it sound necessary), only to have my slippery toddler escape my hold and take off diaper-less through the house.
Fast forward a few weeks, with patience and a billion mistakes later, massage time turned into our precious mommy-baby bonding routine. So, keep at it, learn from the bloopers, laugh it off, and before you know it, you’ll be a pro!
Those victorious moments: Little wins that make it all worth it
Man, isn’t it just the best feeling when you see that tiny frown turn into an adorable dimpled grin? You might not believe it, but that’s proof you’re getting the hang of this tummy massage thing.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not just saying that to make you feel good. According to research published in the National Library of Medicine, tummy massages have been found to promote relaxation and even enhance your baby’s mood.
It’s like we always say, every grimace turned giggle, every burp without your little one looking like they’re attempting a rendition of the Exorcist, those are your victories. So take a moment, do a happy dance in your cozy slippers! You, my friend, are “that” parent, massaging like a pro.
Promising future? How massages help in the long run
Ever wonder if your baby will be reminiscing about your magical hands during their Harvard commencement speech?
You may laugh now, but (according to research) the benefits of a baby massage extend well beyond the infancy stage. It sets a foundation of trust and communication between you and your child, which affects their future social and emotional development.
And let’s not forget about that impressive digestive system that you’ve been fine-tuning with your daily massage routines. Wow! Gas and constipation may sound trivial to us adults, but for your little one, your miraculous hands have been warding off these monsters on the daily.
You know, it’s kind of remarkable when you think about it. There you were, a nerve-racked, sleep-deprived new mom, dealing with crucial items like “match diaper brand to the color of the nursery”(Sarcasm alert!) when you discovered the power of touch and consistency.
In conclusion: pat yourself on the back. You’ve ventured into the belly of the beast (yes, pun intended) and emerged victoriously. You’ve learned a skill that not only helped in soothing your baby but also strengthened your bond. Oh, the places you’ll go, supermom! You’ve navigated the rocky waters of infant colic and tummy troubles with grace, humor, and a touch lighter than a feather’s whisper.