Baby Development recipes

How Touch Nurtures Premature Babies

Touch is widely understood to be beneficial for infants and children and contemporary research emphasises the benefits of touch for babies that are born prematurely. Just as much as other babies, premature infants tend to respond well to the comforting touch of their parents and this nurturing touch is now recognised for the possibilities it holds for the stimulation of growth, increase in weight and expression of comfort.

As a child grows, whether born prematurely or not, baby massage is acknowledged as helping to strengthen parent and child bonds and foster the child’s physical, social and emotional development.

Has this always been the case?

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4 Wonderful Things to Do with Your Baby

As parents, we all want to do the best that we can for our babies and children. Many of us are acutely aware that the experiences that are had during childhood can shape their life and so we want to make sure that our children experience positivity, warmth and security.

Particularly when the enormity and significance of this responsibility is considered, numerous parents are constantly seeking things to do with their babies and children. To help all parents, we have compiled a list of four wonderful things to do with and for your baby.

1:  Massage your baby

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Six Reasons to be Certified as an Infant Massage Instructor

If you have a genuine interest in baby massage and have considered becoming an infant massage instructor, there are many good reasons why you should become certified. Interest in baby massage is growing and, as people become more and more aware of its benefits, the demand for massage courses delivered by comprehensively trained instructors is sure to grow.

#1:  When you choose to complete a baby massage instructor training program that is credible, respected and endorsed, your own credibility will be strengthened amongst health professionals and parents who are seeking to learn high quality, effective and correct baby massage techniques.
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Why Babies Love Massage

Baby massage is fast becoming popular with parents, therapists and babies themselves! So much more than just administering a massage to a baby, baby massage is as much about communication, bonding and trust as it is about relaxation and soothing touch.
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Benefits of Baby Massage

Far from being only a technique for bonding with your baby, baby massage is increasingly respected for the range of benefits that it brings babies and their families. Baby massage is intended to be enjoyable for both baby and parent and is unique in the way that it offers an extensive range of physical, social and emotional benefits.
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Baby Anxiety–How to Raise a Resilient and Balanced Bub

At some stage or another, your baby is going to experience separation anxiety. Biologically speaking, and definitely in terms of evolution, this makes sense—as a baby with virtually no defences, the idea of being left by a parent is highly stressful and will result in very real anxiety. The key to raising resilient babies and children is to minimise this anxiety and manage it in a way that shows your baby that you will always come back, and that they will always be safe while you’re away. There are several ways to do this at all stages of the experience–from calming anxiety through baby massage and other comforting techniques, to structuring the experience so that your baby gets used to the idea you’ll never be gone forever. Here is our step by step guide to minimising anxiety and reassuring your baby.
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Baby Motor Skills

Parents of babies spend a good deal of time over those first few years looking out for ‘motor milestones’ as they are often referred to in parenting courses, or those indicators of development that everybody asks you about. ‘Is he walking yet?’ ‘Is he holding his spoon and feeding himself?’ ‘Can he roll over?’–these are common questions and sometimes they can cause unnecessary worry in new parents as they stress over the rate at which their baby develops compared to everyone else’s baby. While every baby develops at different rates, there are certain activities you can undertake with your baby to ensure their motor skills are coming along nicely.

Help the Head

Of course, newborns have very little neck strength, and as a result one of the primary concerns when handling a precious new baby is making sure their head is supported. After a while, your baby will develop stronger neck muscles and be able to strain this way and that at every little noise. In order to help further strengthen neck and head control once it starts to develop, place your baby face-down on the floor and entice the little one to look up, either by placing visual stimuli at eye-level or getting down on the floor with them. Repeat this throughout the day in order to build up strength, but make sure your baby doesn’t get tired or sore from straining.
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5 Activities to Help Your Baby’s Development

While parenting courses and books are incredibly valuable sources when it comes to fuelling your child’s development, many of the techniques that benefit babies the most are simple and intuitive. It’s easy to become overly obsessed with time lines–the ages at which your baby ‘should’ be walking, talking, crawling, smiling etc–but the most important thing is to do everything you can to make sure your child has a loving and supportive environment in which he or she feels able to learn and grow. Here are a few holistic tips on helping your baby’s development. Enjoy!

Interaction

As humans, we constantly model ourselves and our actions in relation to others. An infant’s list of acquaintances will primarily consist of family members for the first few months, so it’s your job to engage them as often as possible in interaction. We’re not talking here about reading complex algebra equations to your newborn or teaching them art appreciation, just about the general back-and-forth that occurs between humans. Sometimes people forget that your baby not being able to talk yet does not exclude them from being able to listen, so talking constantly to your child, letting he or she see different facial expressions and playing off different moods or expressions is a perfect way to start teaching them about relationships and engagement.
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