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Tracy Hogg, author of Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, recommends infant massage as an activity. Benefits are that it can speed development of the brain and nervous system, improve circulation, tone muscles, and reduce stress and irritability (found in premature babies–full term babies benefit too).
Hogg says three months is an optimal time, but she has seen moms start earlier. She has a section on how to do massage in her book. You also might be able to find a class near you. I know my hospital teaches an infant massage class.
Hogg says, “…massage can raise their stimulation threshold, allowing the tolerance to build gradually.” This is especially helpful for touchy babies. I did massage with Brayden, and I found it to be one of the only things that would keep him still before I started Babywise. I would definitely recommend you learn to massage your baby if you feel so inclined.
- Rachel Stella said…
Personally I think massage is beneficial to begin with a newborn not just a 3 months old as Hogg suggests. I’ve heard some people say it really helped them and baby get through the fussy evening times.
September 11, 2008 1:40 PM
Rachel, I agree with that. Our hospital has an infant massage class that they teach with mom and baby. They prefer baby to be 4-6 weeks old, but you can start earlier I am sure.
September 15, 2008 6:52 PM
- bradysmom said…
I’ve been doing massage from the beginning with my LO as part of his bedtime routine. However, now he knows that after his massage he gets his bottle and gets to go to sleep. So, I can do his legs, but then he starts to get antsy and just wants to eat!
September 15, 2008 6:37 AM
Bradysmom, that is funny. They sure are smart.
September 15, 2008 6:54 PM