Newborns are particularly receptive to touch, and massage can provide a sense of security and calmness that can be beneficial for both the baby and the mother.
A baby is born with a finite number of brain cells. Each new thing a baby does make a connection in the brain and that these connections build up to enable babies to develop mentally. The newborns world is often a confused one as newborn does not have the ability to make sense of everything in its world because not all the nervous connections to the brain necessary to interpret sound, light and touch have been made.
During the babies first months of life, a baby will learn how to make sense of its world and its ability to see, hear and taste will develop. Babies will respond to the sound of a voice and familiar sounds. Baby will become aware of his/her body as the ability to control his/her limbs develops.
Nearly all babies love being touched. Touch is a way of communicating love and security as well as helping baby’s development. When a baby is massaged it aids the process of myelination of nerve cells in the babies body which helps to mature the nervous system and improve brain and body communication.
Newborn baby massage can be performed from the first few days of life and can continue throughout infancy. Some common techniques used in newborn baby massage include gentle strokes on the baby’s limbs, back, and abdomen, as well as using circular motions on the baby’s tummy to help promote digestion and relieve gas.
Newborn baby massage can have several benefits, including promoting relaxation and sleep, reducing stress and anxiety, improving circulation, and promoting bonding between the baby and mother.
It is important to note that newborn baby massage should be performed gently and carefully, as newborns are fragile and require special care. Mothers should use gentle pressure, avoid areas of the body that may be sensitive or still developing, and be mindful of the baby’s cues to ensure that the massage is comfortable and enjoyable for the baby.