Monday, March 09, 2015

On the Importance of Touch #SoMuchMore

Touch is such an important part of bonding with our infants, and in most instances it is encouraged right from birth, placing the newborn directly on mom's bare chest for skin to skin contact.  I was disappointed when I wasn't able to hold Boo immediately, because of the anaesthesia required for the C-Section, but I made up for it as soon as I could.  The next morning I changed one of his first diapers, and was able to stroke him and hold his tiny hand. But he was still in his incubator. They let me hold him later that day and then encouraged skin-to-skin contact, or "kangaroo care," as often as possible.

Research has revealed that routine touch and massage is critical, not only to bonding, but also to baby’s growth and development, communication, and learning.  Incorporating infant massage into your regular baby care routine is a wonderful start, and oh so easy. You can even take classes in many locales if you aren't sure how to start. Gentle washing at bath time, and playing with the water in the tub is also fun. Boo loved songs I would sing to him while moving his legs and arms in a little dance. A local baby time circle at your library or community centre is a great way to meet other moms and learn many of these types of action songs.

The JOHNSON’S® Brand believes every baby can benefit from a loving touch, and that they deserve #SoMuchMore - more bonding, more sensory stimulation, more opportunities for skin-to-skin touch. This is a very special story of how a mother's intuition and parental touch worked a real miracle.




Johnson's has a variety of products for use in bathing and massaging baby, and they provide plenty of tips and ideas on their website as well.

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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Johnson's Baby. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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