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Newborn Baby Massage

August 26th, 2010 | By: Nancy Ripton
Infant massage is a great way to bond with your newborn. Here is what you need to know to get started.

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Newborn Baby Massage

Newborn massage is a great way to bond with your baby and enhance communication through touch. But baby massage has many more benefits. Just five to 10 minutes of gentle daily touch can stimulate digestion, boost immunity, and prepare your baby’s body for deeper more restful sleep. Here’s how to get started with your little one:

Start Early

“Start as soon after birth as possible,” says Teresa Kirkpatrick-Ramsey, founder of Baby’s First Massage. The exception is premature babies, which may find the act of massage over-stimulating until they are medically stable or at least 32 weeks gestation. Your baby should be in an open crib and competently feeding before you start baby massage.