A new family support Initiative was introduced recently in the Respond community building located at Townspark. The baby massage programme, delivered by Jennifer Robson (BMI), ran for 5 weeks in Townparks, Longford. The programme targets all 0-1 year olds and their parent(s) and caregivers.
Baby massage aims to enhance the early bonding relationship between parents and caregivers and their babies. By using gentle, tactile stimulation along with loving verbal communication, a wonderful bonding experience is shared. Strokes can be either stimulating or relaxing, depending on your baby’s needs and developmental level. Baby Massage benefits your baby in the following specific ways:
- Relief – Colic, wind and emotional stress
- Relaxation – Aid sleep pattern and soothes baby
- Stimulation – Build Immunity and help gain weight
- Interaction – Aids the bonding process and assists recovery from post natal depression.
Touch is one of the most significant and nurturing early experiences your baby will have. Research has shown that these early experiences can affect many aspects of our lives. Nurturing touch has long-term benefits and can impact how we think, feel, and relate to others, and most importantly, how we value and care for ourselves.
These mothers really enjoyed the programme and are looking forward to progressing to the parent and toddler group in time.
If you have any queries about upcoming groups/programmes or would like information on family support please contact Jillian Gillick, Respond Family Support worker, on 087 2671634.
Posted: November 2014