Childbirth is an unforgettable event for millions of families. The nature planned it for people to have serious long preparation to this miracle during nine previous months when both woman and her partner try to get deep childbirth knowledge and special parent education that will help them to get through the pregnancy, labor and delivery without complications. The part of infant's first care steps is not less significant. Mothers tend to get ready to all necessary procedures of breastfeeding, their own special nutrition, baby care procedures: bathing, infant massage, etc.
The debates on the topic of infant massage necessity and time of starting are still in progress. Some doctors believe that the procedure is really very useful exactly after childbirth as being warm and smooth by its nature it helps to adapt to new environment. Others are sure the only available variant is massage at the age at least of three - four months. The history says that roots of the infant massage can be traced to
One thing cannot be under the concern - infant massage differs significantly from adult one and needs special approach and theoretical base. Most common and essential advice and infant instructions are not to make this procedure too harsh or in contrast too light like tickling. The practice of infant massage is available in home conditions for any member of the family: mother, father or grandparents. Infant massage brings a number of benefits not only to baby but also very useful for massage operator.
Local doctors or midwives can provide all necessary information about first steps in infant's care and give full baby massage review that includes the list of baby massage techniques and baby massage practice details. The research shows that well made infant massage storages not only physical but also child's development advantages, as the main mechanism is impact on nervous system through the stimulation. Additional benefits of any infant massage technique are relaxation, stimulations, interaction and relief.
Unfortunately not all parents can value all this factors that indeed guarantying right physical, psychological and mental child's development. Some kinds of massages serve as rescue both for mother and child from the severe delivery distress. The main points that can influence the quality of infant massage are (this points are included into infant massage instructions): time, temperature, light, natural oils, clothed or not. Exactly the family while consultation with professional child physician decides the decision of infant massage's type choice, technique and conditions of its performance. This step can influence all babies' health development.