Today we have a guest post from the lovely Lauren Taylor, founder of Kokoso Baby which is what I use for my two when they have dry skin.
“I asked my mum if she did baby massage with me. “No,” she said, “no one did it back then.” Back then being the deepest darkest 1980s. Poor us! Skip forward 30-odd years and baby massage has become hugely popular in the UK. We’ve cottoned on to the magic that African and Indian cultures have been wise to for centuries. And here’s why the experts at IAIAM say it’s so brilliant…
Benefits for baby
- Helping your baby to feel securely attached
- Helping your baby to feel more loved, valued and respected
- Reduced crying and emotional distress
- Increased levels of relaxation and longer sleep
- Development of body awareness and coordination
- Relief from wind, colic, constipation and teething discomfort
Benefits for you
Feeling closer to your baby
- Gaining a deeper understanding of your baby’s behaviour, crying and body language
- Providing an enjoyable opportunity to spend one-to-one time with your baby
- Feeling the relaxing effects of giving your baby a massage
- Increased confidence in your ability to care for and nurture your baby
- Learning a life-long parenting skill
How it works
So what exactly is it about baby massage that makes it so beneficial for both our babies and us? Researchers believe it’s all down to the power of touch, the eye contact, the sound of your voice, your unique smell and the release of that magic hormone, oxytocin.
Through baby massage, all of the senses work together to create a wonderfully warm and loving experience for you and your little one. And it’s the stuff sweet dreams are made of…there’s nothing like a relaxing massage before bedtime for lulling your little one off to sleep.
Which baby massage oil?
As a new mum I discovered the wonders of 100% natural coconut oil on my little girl’s skin – and it wasn’t long before I was using it for everything from baby massage oil to bottom balm. I went on to found Kokoso Baby, offering parents a premium quality organic coconut oil specially selected for their baby’s delicate skin.
Kokoso Baby is used by teachers in infant massage classes across the county and is the ideal natural oil for baby massage. It’s a raw, cold-pressed, fresh-pressed, virgin organic coconut oil with a mild coconutty fragrance that doesn’t overpower the natural smell of your baby’s skin. Dermatologically tested and certified suitable for sensitive skin, it has a silky lightweight texture that helps your hands glide smoothly across your little one’s body.
Unlike other natural oils, Kokoso is solid at room temperature but melts to a liquid in the warmth of your hands. It doesn’t leave skin feeling oily or greasy, just amazingly baby-soft. And it’s packed with nourishing skincare goodness including more than 50% lauric acid, a natural healing agent also found in breast milk.
Another benefit of massaging with Kokoso Baby is its natural vitamin E content and gentle antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. These help to protect your little one’s skin from germs and gently soothe away soreness or irritation. All while you and your baby enjoy some extra special bonding time together.
Choosing a baby massage course
Attending a baby massage class gives us the chance to concentrate exclusively on the amazing little human beings we’ve made for one whole hour – quite an achievement in our busy schedules. And it’s a great way to get out and about and meet other new parents in the early days too.
To find a course near you go to www.iaimbabymassage.co.uk/baby-massage-classes.html
Or for more information on using coconut oil for baby massage at home, visit kokoso.co.uk/blog-1/kokosobaby-coconut-oil-baby-massage .”
Thank you Lauren! xx