Baby Massage is a wonderful and special way to help fulfill your baby’s emotional and physical needs. The amazing power of a parent’s touch is both relaxing and soothing. It’s an incredible way for you to bond with your baby and to help ease some of the discomfort your little one might be feeling. Skin to skin contact makes your baby feel safe and protected and it creates a truly beautiful foundation for you to build a happy and healthy relationship with your child. Our baby massage courses are held in the comfort of your own home via Zoom. Courses typically last four weeks and teach new parents how to relax, sooth and bond with their baby using massage strokes and techniques. The course is broken up into different body parts and aims to teach parent how to relieve baby problems such as teething and colic. Each week also includes a special baby sensory activity to encourage awareness, learning and create those special first moments with your baby.
How can baby massage help?
- Relief – Baby massage can help to offer natural relief from the discomfort of digestive pain, caused by wind or constipation. It can also be used to soothe teething pain and help relieve nasal and chest congestion if your baby has a cold or other ailment.
- Relaxation – When you massage your baby, both your bodies produce relaxing “feel good” hormones which can help you both to relax. A more relaxed baby is likely to feed and sleep better.
- Development – Baby massage can help to mature the nervous system and strengthen bones and joints.
- Bonding – Oxytocin “the nurturing hormone” is produced when you massage your baby which helps to encourage bonding and creates a real connection between parents and their child.
At Our First Steps your baby’s wellbeing and progress is at the heart of everything we do. That’s why at the end of every Baby Yoga and Baby Massage class we include some time for Baby Sensory activities – and it’s all included in the cost of the course! Each week will have a different sensory activity which will give you some wonderful ideas which you can expand on at home! Sensory activities are designed to stimulate your baby’s senses, movements and development through sounds, smells, textures, music, dance and more, so that they are better equipped to learn from the world around them. Your little bundle of joy is too young to read, speak to you or explore on their own, so baby sensory provides stimulating experiences that allow your child to learn in a fun way from the earliest time possible. By including baby sensory in our sessions, we ensure that your little one develops a strong bond with you by having time to play, hear your voice and explore new things with their caregiver or parent.
How can baby sensory help?
It helps with their early development and lays a foundation for their later learning in life. The use of sound, singing, dance, sights, smells and textures in sensory play promotes brain growth and it encourages the baby to develop its senses of hearing, touch and its abilities to speak and communicate. The dancing and movement helps them develop their motor skills whilst socialising with other babies in the group! Baby sensory activity to encourages awareness, learning and creates those special first moments with your baby. We include baby sensory as standard with our baby massage classes and baby yoga classes to make sure you and your child get the most out of our groups.