Infant Massage
 
Baby Ben enjoys a massage from his mom
Studies from the United States and Britain show that premature infants who receive regular massage gain weight more quickly than infants who are not massaged. One study also showed that regularly massaged infants are able to calm themselves more easily that their non-massaged counterparts.

Anyone can learn infant massage. Massage simply takes parents’ instinct to stroke their babies one step further to incorporate the whole body. If you would like to try a massage routine with your baby, it is a good idea to read about infant massage or watch a video produced by an experienced infant massage instructor before starting. Books and videos about infant massage are available on loan from Baby Connections (494-0812), Winona ECFE (494-0913), and the Winona Public Library.