For those of you who dont read My Child magazine, or missed the Autumn 2009 Issue 12 ed., Natalie (Idibidi Kids) contributed an article in the INFANCY section.... Idibidi Kids is currently writing another article to contribute early 2010, about baby reflexes, further info to follow on the Idibidi Kids BLOG! Here is a snippet:
1 Enhances the parent-infant bond: Massage is special one-to-one time; an
activity you can do with your baby and enjoy together.
2 Strengthens the immune system: Massage increases the number of
antibodies which help fight off infection and reduces stress hormones.
3 Relieves wind: Massaging your baby’s abdomen using specific strokes and
exercises may help relieve abdominal wind and colic if performed regularly.
4 Improves sleep: It will help your baby regulate their sleep pattern by increasing
the serotonin levels and by regulating the amount of melatonin.
5 Assists with relieving postnatal depression: Learning how to massage
your baby with a certified infant massage instructor will allow you to understand
your baby’s body language (non-verbal cues) and thereby cope better.