Can infant massage help my baby learn?
Infant massage has had some recent popularity as a way to achieve a smarter baby. Initially, it was shown through research in the United States that it helped premature infants gain weight and stay in the hospital shorter periods. However, results with full term infants are not as well researched.
Babies learn from their parents so anything
pleasurable that increases interaction can stimulate the
baby's senses and develop important neuralgic
connections during this rapid period of brain
development. Infant massage should be incorporated into
your baby's routine because it enhances the natural
bonding that occurs between parents and their new baby.
This is not solely to produce a smarter baby as some
parents also benefit from a structured routine of
playing with and massaging their baby.
Donna Dixon, former HES Extension Associate, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Tuesday, November 25, 2008