I am happy to announce that the new updated, expanded edition of Infant Massage: a Handbook for Loving Parents has been released by Random House. It is available on and from most bookstores.


  1. Why Massage Your Baby?

  2. Your Baby’s Sensory World

  3. The Importance of Skin Stimulation

  4. Stress and Relaxation

  5. Bonding, Attachment, and Infant Massage

  6. The Elements of Bonding

  7. Attachment and the Benefits of Infant Massage

  8. Especially for Fathers

  9. Helping your Baby (and you) Learn to Relax

  10. Your Baby’s Brain

  11. Music and Massage

  12. Getting Ready

  13. How to Massage Your Baby

  14. Crying, Fussing, and Other Baby Language (including cues, reflexes and behavioral states

  15. Minor Illness and Colic

  16. Your Premature Baby

  17. Your Baby with Special Needs

  18. Your Growing Child and Sibling Bonding through Infant Massage

  19. Your Adopted or Foster Children

  20. A Note to Teen Parents


References and Recommendations


Author Bio


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Many parents believe it is useful to let your baby mourn. The popular wisdom says that a few minutes of crying do not harm but help him calm down and get sleep.

This is the technique of progressive expected , which was developed by Dr. Richard Ferber, neurologist and pediatrician at Harvard University at Children ‘s Hospital Boston (USA) , which is still used today worldwide.

Almost no one really knows what happens when babies keep crying, but the physical and psychological consequences could affect his whole life.

When a baby cries without their parents consoled increases your stress level because, through her tears, wants to express something , either hunger, pain or even need company. The child is totally dependent on them.

If parents ignore their calls, your body will produce stress hormones and, eventually, this may damage your central nervous system , as well as their growth and learning ability.

In an interview for the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung , Karl Heinrich Brisch, chief of psychosomatic medicine at Children ‘s Hospital of the University of Munich, explained that babies who leave mourn “quickly learn to activate an emergency program in its brain, similar to the reflex action of the tanatosis observed in some animals who see their lives threatened, and that is to simulate death. “ This affects brain development, so children do not learn to adapt to stress.

Breast milk hormones found to impact bacterial development in infants’ guts: Intestinal microbiome of children born to obese mothers significantly different from those born to mothers of healthy weight

Source: Breast milk hormones found to impact bacterial development in infants’ guts: Intestinal microbiome of children born to obese mothers significantly different from those born to mothers of healthy weight

A new University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus study finds that hormones in breast milk may impact the development of healthy bacteria in infants’ guts, potentially protecting them from intestinal inflammation, obesity and other diseases later in life.

Infant Massage: Another Tool for Parenting Toolbox

Source: Infant Massage: Another Tool for Parenting Toolbox

Infant massage is one tool that new parent support nurses from Naval Support Activity Bethesda’s Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) want to add to a parent’s toolbox.

The two nurses have been teaching a class onboard NSAB about the benefits of infant massage for the past two years as well as going to parents’ homes to teach infant massage techniques.


Being responsive is more than the ability to respond sensitively to your environment.

It is the ability to take responsibility for your life, to refrain from blaming circumstances and other people for everything that happens in your life. This is also a “grown-up” principle to practice, because often it certainly appears that circumstances and other people are responsible for a lot of what happens t you. But you are responsible as well. The challenge is to take responsibility for your part in whatever happens, and to see the part of you that must change in order for the externals to change.

If you have been subjected to a lot of shame and blame in childhood, this principle may be difficult to master. There may be unconscious processes going on that you don’t even understand that help create problems for you — still, putting the responsibility for them squarely on your own shoulders is the first step. The beauty of it is that you also get to release the things you are not responsible for to those who are.

We are not responsible for the words and actions of our parents. Yet, we can only blame our parents for so long if we cannot control our temper. At some point, we have to take the responsibility to learn how to do it, and then to teach it to our children if it was not taught to us. The same principle applies in many other areas of life, physical, emotional, and spiritual.


Massaging your baby daily, or every other day, after birth until at least the crawling stage is the best way to keep “in touch” with your infant, to learn what your baby’s body is like when it is tense or relaxed (and to teach your baby how to relax), to help his internal organs function properly, and to increase the emotional and spiritual bond between you.

Mom and Dad might want to take turns massaging (only one parent should give the massage during any given session, though). Regular massage increases healthy weight gain and help develop the nerves in the baby’s brain, thus readying your baby for the intense learning and growing that happens in the first two years. Human babies are not fully developed at birth, so massage is a natural activity — one which we as humans have for the most part forgotten — that helps stimulate the development and healthy functioning of internal organs.

Colicky babies benefit from massage because it tones the digestive tract and helps their bodies eliminate more easily and not trap painful gas bubbles in the lower intestine. See a cat licking her kittens; getting them clean is not really what she’s doing. She is massaging them, kick-starting their digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems.

I created a routine for this specific purpose, and for massage in general, in my book Infant Massage, a Handbook for Loving Parents, because I believe so strongly, from massaging my own babies and from over twenty years of teaching infant massage, that there is no better way to continue the bonding process, which is so important to your connection with your child later in life.

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The alien within: Fetal cells influence maternal health during pregnancy (and long after)

Source: The alien within: Fetal cells influence maternal health during pregnancy (and long after)

“Fetal cells can act as stem cells and develop into epithelial cells, specialized heart cells, liver cells and so forth. This shows that they are very dynamic and play a huge role in the maternal body. They can even migrate to the brain and differentiate into neurons,” Boddy says “We are all chimeras.”