There is nothing more enjoyable than a bath to relax and wash away your worries, the same goes for your children too. But there is So Much More to bath time then just getting clean.
With Jack, my first born I didn’t enjoy bath times and I don’t think he did either. He would scream when he was undressed and again until his clothes went on which made it all seem a rush and not enjoyable – now it’s a different story. However with Isla, second born bath time is so much more enjoyable. Again, she’s not keen on being undressed but doesn’t scream like her big brother.
Johnsons Baby have recently launched a campaign aiming to demonstrate to parents the benefits of massaging your baby as part of the bath time routine. We’ve recently begun massaging Isla following a bath and we have seen a big difference in her socially; she is giving lots more smiles and gurgling more as we do so. Johnsons® believe this is because touch creates sensations which then stimulate the brain.
‘Research has revealed that routine touch and massage by a parent or loving caregiver is critical to a baby’s growth and development, communication and learning.’
Babies grow their emotional bonds with parents or carers from the first initial touches you share. These help to form the foundation for their emotional development later on and influencing their intellectual development too.
‘Studies have shown that routine touch and massage can lead to improved physiological, cognitive, emotional and social development. Specifically, routine baby massage has been shown to improve mental development and increase alertness and attentiveness.’
Fitting the massage into your routine is simply achieved followed on from bath time. It’s something every parent does and as baby is already undressed; it’s simple to add it in. It’s then giving you as parent’s the ideal opportunity to help develop and create a multisensory experience.
There are also many benefits to massaging your baby as well as it keeping them happy, it helps bring you and your baby closer it certainly has with us. But it can also prepare your baby for the physical activities and helps improve their mobility as well as helping them fall asleep. Regular massaging has benefits such as
-Aiding digestion and help to relive colic, wind and constipation
-Improve skin texture
- Help calm and relax both baby and parents
- Soothe babies and reduce crying
- Relive nasal congestion and discomfort from teething
- Enhance body awareness and help develop good muscle tone, co-ordination and suppleness
JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil is perfect to use for the baby massage following the bath and is what we have been using as it moisturises and protects the skin whilst providing a good base for massaging. Johnson’s baby oil also helps to lock in the moisture in which babies’ skin can easily loose so we’ve found it incredibly useful for both Isla and Jack. It helps to keep her skin hydrated for longer in the hopes her skin doesn’t become as dry as her older brothers did. Before hearing about this campaign I never would have thought to include massage into Isla’s bath time routine; I simply would have come back to you with I don’t have time for that. Yes being a mother is hard work, but honestly I don’t even realise the small extra time it takes. But reading about the impact it has on development and other benefits it made me want to try and see for myself. We were quickly able to see some of the benefits of massaging such as the eye contact accompanied by lots of smiles and cooing I also found she was reaching out more to touch my skin also. From now-onwards I’ll definitely be including a massage onto the end of bath time it’s so simple to do and take’s no time whatsoever; I only wish I knew the benefits previously both when Jack was younger and the earlier days with Isla. As part of the routine we have been using JOHNSON’S®TOP-TO-TOE® Baby Bath along with JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil and we have found both products to be amazing. With delicate skin I always take care what I use and the Johnson’s products are safe to use on newborn skin from the first day.
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