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Fathers and baby massage

Studies now show that baby massage bonds fathers and newborn babies. Recent surveys show that fathers who massage their babies establish warm, positive relationships that continue as the child grows.

Whilst we are all aware of the benefits of a mother's touch through massage new research now states that a father's touch is just as important and equally essential to a baby's and health.

"As they learn to soothe their babies, fathers notice their own stress levels are lessened. Together, they experience the calming power of touch, and begin to build life-long attachments," said Tiffany Field, PhD, Director of Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and co-author of a survey on father-infant massage

An Australian study of infant massage and father-baby bonding, found that at 12 weeks old, babies who were massaged (by their fathers) greeted their fathers with more eye contact, smiling, vocalising and touch than those in the control group, and the fathers experienced improved self-esteem as a parent due to the increased involvement.

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