Baby massage has become popular in recent years as moms and dads look for ways to bond with their babies. This tradition, which has been part of the Asian culture for generations, does so much more than simply support a loving parent-baby relationship. It makes for a happy, healthy and laughing baby.
Nurturing through massage has been shown to have many positive benefits for babies and young children, including growth and brain development, sensory integration, colic relief, sleep regulation, and enhanced verbal and nonverbal communication.
In South Asia, babies are massaged almost as soon as they are born. This is often done by a grandmother or midwife in the first few days of life, and the mother soon takes over this daily ritual as soon as she feels fit.
Chances are that if you are a new parent, then having a laughing baby will be on your priority list. Here is my wisdom about how to protect your baby with this age-old ritual complete with step-by step guide to massaging your baby.