Touch is an important way to both bond with and communicate with your baby. All babies need touch to be healthy, and to grow and develop. Research has shown that massage may also help your baby’s immune system. The immune system is the body’s defense against infection. Infant massage involves slowly and gently rubbing each part of your baby's body. You can spend about 1 minute each on your baby's head, shoulders, arms, back, tummy, and legs.
Infant massage may be helpful if your baby:
Infant massage can also help parents:
You may want to take a class to learn how to massage your baby. Check with your healthcare provider, community center, hospital, or massage therapists in your area.