"Affectionate touch is among the most powerful tools available to parents to connect with their babies. Numerous researchers have documented the dramatic effects of the nurturing touch provided through infant massage. Infant massage also enhances the attachment and trust between parent or caregiver and child while helping regulate the function of the central nervous system.
A healthy nurturing touch elevates chemicals called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and GABA, which enhance feelings of contentment and joy, while lowering other chemicals, such as cortisol, that are associated with stress, anxiety and fear. Interestingly, the benefits are not only to the child, but the adult as well!
The DVD, BabyBabyOhBaby: Bonding With Your Brilliant and Beautiful Baby Through Infant Massage, inspires and guides parents in learning infant massage. It is beautifully filmed, provides insight, inspiration and a touch of humor that will delight any parent as they explore connecting with their little ones through loving touch. I have provided dozens of copies to judges, social workers, foster and adoptive parents and have even carried copies to orphanages across the world.
BabyBabyOhBaby is an effective tool for loving parents as well as a healing tool for any child who has had a difficult birth, spent time in the ICU, exposed to drugs or alcohol during pregnancy, fostered, adopted or neglected for any child who has come from a hard place.
I know of no better way for parents to connect with their children. Imagine creating joyful, loving relationships through simple nurturing touch. I have found the DVD, BabyBabyOhBaby a dynamic resource for any parent or caregiver who wants to develop a joyful loving relationship that last for a lifetime."
Karyn Purvis, Ph.D.
Director: TCU Institute of Child Development
Developmental Psychologist and Researcher
Co-author of The Connected Child
Infant massage is not new. We're guessing it came along about the time mothers and fathers held their first baby. So it is not a surprise that a lot of people have a lot to say about the subject. We hope our DVD is just the beginning of your massage experience. We encourage you to look for more resources and to share your experience with others. We truly believe that massage is a gift that can last a lifetime, building and reinforcing confidence and trust, and showing your brilliant and beautiful baby in the most immediate and meaningful way possible just how much you love them. And after all, in this busy world, what’s more important than that?
There is an abundance of information about infant massage on the web. We thought these were some good places to start your search ...
Newsweek - "Giving Infants A Helping Hand" (Updated Jan 17, 2008)
AskDrSears.com - sign in and search for infant massage article.
Liddle Kidz Foundation
Infant Massage USA
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
International Assoc. of Infant Massage