Baby Massage For Dummies
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Baby massage has so many great benefits — including on the person giving the massage! Following are just some of the ways that massage can promote a baby’s health and development:

  • Massage strengthens a baby’s immune system.

  • It reduces stress (including for the caregiver).

  • It stimulates the baby.

  • It increases sensory awareness.

  • It stimulates digestion.

  • It relaxes fussy babies (and nervous parents).

  • It promotes growth and weight gain in premature babies.

  • It stimulates neurological development.

  • For a new mom, it can prevent or help alleviate postpartum depression.

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Joanne Bagshaw is a psychotherapist who also teaches yoga and holistic childbirth education classes. Ilene Fox is certified in pre- and postnatal massage.

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