When looking for gifts for baby and mum an excellent idea is to book a course of either baby massage or a post pregnancy treat for mum at the local spa. Mum will find it hard to find time for herself in the initial months after the baby is born so buying her a massage will be a great treat and as her body recovers from the birth it can speed up the process and relieve aches, strains and tiredness.
Baby massage is becoming increasingly popular. It has long been acknowledged that touch is a basic need that humans have and can dramatically speed up a baby’s development and growth if introduced from newborn. Baby massage classes teach parents techniques that the baby will find relaxing and soothing and therefore allow the need for touch to be nurtured.
The baby massage exercises that are taught help to enhance that all important bond between the parent and baby and are excellent for relieving stress and creating relaxation. Babies get a sense of wellbeing as massage stimulates the release of feel-good hormones endorphins.
The distressing baby ailment colic can be significantly relieved by baby massage reducing crying. It is also a great technique to have to soothe upset babies and if done before bedtime it can encourage a sound sleep. It is also believed to boost a baby’s immune system.