Physical Benefits of Baby Massage

By Joanne Bagshaw, Ilene Fox

Part of Baby Massage For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.