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A beautiful bond with baby massage

Practicing baby massage with your baby really is a beautiful nurturing experience between the both of you and can promote your bond, love and connection.

Why bonding with your baby is important?

Establishing a good bond between carer and baby is important as a newborn is helpless and needs to have his needs met, a mother therefore needs a strong bond with her baby as she needs to connect with her baby to be able to provide for and meet his needs. Bonding is very much a process and grows overtime by creating a strong bond there will be love and attachment between mum and baby, therefore creating a relationship that will last a lifetime.

Creating a strong bond is very important for a child’s wellbeing, he relies on his mother to meet his needs and provide him with her love and keep him safe and healthy. Having a strong bond early on helps the baby to grow up with the ability to form good relationships with family and friends, early bonds can be seen to have a positive impact upon our long term emotional wellbeing. Forming a strong bond helps the baby feel safe and secure which will help him as he grows and becomes independent to ultimately explore the world around him himself.

There has been much research and scientific evidence to show how establishing a good bond between a parent and baby ensures the baby grows into a secure and well adjusted child and adult. Forming a good bond through positive interactions during the early years can be seen to provide a child with the emotional security he needs in order to explore, learn and reach his full potential. A safe, secure attachment to their carer ultimately sets them up positively for life.

It all starts with love!

Oxytocin is commonly referred to as the ‘love hormone’ because it is released within the body during times when we are cuddled, hugged and touched, therefore massage helps as the activity itself releases oxytocin into the body through touch and being close. Oxytocin is a hormone secreted by the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland a pea sized structure at the base of the brain.

Oxytocin promotes bonding between a mother and a child as it enables a mother to instinctively care and love her baby and the baby to trust and respond to its mother. Being close, skin to skin, breastfeeding and all manners of touch will all help with the bonding process, ensuring that the mother and child bond to form a long lasting loving relationship that will last a lifetime.

How does baby massage help with bonding?

The concepts of encouraging bonding are firstly through eye contact as it helps both the parent and baby to recognise each other and aids communication. A baby recognises it’s mothers voice and a mother her baby’s cry, hearing her voice can be reassuring for a baby and helps strengthen the bond. Baby massage can aid communication between parent and child as it provides an excellent time for one to one time without the disturbance of noise and the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

It sets up undisturbed time for a parent and baby to tune in to each other, for a parent to observe, listen and learn more about her baby and so too the baby has the opportunity to learn more about his mother. Massage allows for a parent to observe their baby and tune into them with responsive touch. Through these communications the bond between mother and baby grow as does a loving, safe and secure relationship that is built early and that will last a lifetime.

Touch is the most developed of the senses at birth therefore a mothers touch enables those first communications to be made and the bonding process to be put in place from the moment you first meet your baby.Oxytocin also lessons stress in the body therefore those precious cuddles and touch makes the baby feel safe and loved and trust in its mother for its needs to be met with lots of love.

Baby massage therefore can be the perfect nurturing experience enabling a beautiful bond that lasts a lifetime. Take a look at our baby massage classes to see if they would be the right fit in nurturing your bond with your baby too.

Lots of love Claire xx

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Sweet Beginnings Babycare

 Claire is based in Maidstone, Kent and her sleep consultancy, baby massage and baby yoga classes offer a nurturing space for mum and baby to relax, recharge and connect. Claire has an extensive background in childhood studies and baby care.