I realized that the more I talk to women and mothers about infant massage, the more I realize that the partners are really who I need to be talking to. I often hear stories about how the they are nervous, not quite sure what to do with the new baby, wanting to help, but not quite sure how, even experiencing jealously. Having a new baby at home brings drastic change to the family’s surroundings, feelings, and emotions. I know I personally had a hard time “trusting” my husband to do things how I did them. I felt like he wasn’t doing things right and I am sure that fed his insecurity and self doubt about being a parent in the first place. I realize now how damaging that is and I had nothing to worry about, he is a great father, even if he can’t cook the oatmeal “correctly.”
Building a connection between father and child is beneficial for everyone. It builds a deep, trusting bond between the father and child and it also builds trust and confidence in the partner witnessing this relationship form. This connection and relationship is the driving force of why I teach infant massage to new parents. This time as a family, being intentional with the time together was exactly what my family needed after our son was born. As a dad, learning how to safely, lovingly massage your new baby, can help you communicate better, bond, and increase your confidence in being a parent. Your child will also create trusting, healthy attachments to you and that can help them grow up with higher self esteem and self awareness. Your partner will also appreciate the hour she gets to her self, lol.
Study after study shows the benefits of fathers learning and performing massage on their babies. To support partners this month and to celebrate Father’s Day, I am offering my 5 week Infant Massage Course at a 20% discount for dads and anyone who identifies as a father figure! Learn each week how to safely position your baby for massage, understand the needs of your baby better, learn massage techniques to help with colic, better sleep, and self soothing, while connecting with your baby on a deeper level. Register below!