MUSIC AND INFANT MASSAGE

Your voice can be an important part of your baby’s massage. By talking softly, humming, or singing, you create an atmosphere of calm. This verbal communication also helps you keep your mind in the present and your attention on your baby.

Singing is a wonderful way to relax. Sing to your baby anytime–while changing diapers, feeding, rocking, or walking. You will discover there are some songs your baby loves to hear again and again. His sense of musical discrimination will astound you.

Familiar lullabies from your own childhood would fit in beautifully here. Think of your grandmother’s music box that played a Brahms lullaby or the wonderful, lilting “Alouette” you learned in elementary school. Recall how your own mother sang “Go to Sleep, My Baby” to your younger siblings, and do likewise with your baby.

In one study, parents were asked to sing a song of their choice in two ways. First they were asked to sing as they would to their baby, even though the baby was not present. Then the parent would sing the same song to the baby herself. When other adults were asked to listen to these recordings, they could nearly always identify the song that was sung directly to the infant; these versions tended to be sung at a higher pitch, with much more emotional engagement, elongation of vowel sounds, and more slowly. Interestingly, the fathers sang more slowly to their babies than did the mothers.

This study helps confirm my earlier discussion of how babies respond to their parents’ vocalization, when parents unconsciously make it easier for their babies to understand by elongating vowel sounds. So babies actually affect the way parents vocalize; there is a synchrony of interaction that is part of the dance of bonding. Singing is a wonderful way to soothe your baby and capture her attention.

In my book, INFANT MASSAGE: A HANDBOOK FOR LOVING PARENTS, I include some folk lullabies from around the world. I’ve also included a list of books and music that will help you utilize this wonderful tool in your practice of infant massage. In additioin, the International Association of Infant Massage and its American chapter, Infant Massage USA, has an online store in which you can purchase several different renditions of our lullaby, “Ami Tomake Bhalobashi Baby.” See InfantMassageWarehouse.com and AmiTomake.com

 

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My mom spoils me and my hippocampus grows

Published 01/18/2016 · Category Babies and Children

A study at the University of Washington concluded that children who received more support from their parents had a greater development of the brain region linked with memory and emotions.

By Pedro Lipcovich

My mom spoils me Research published today adds a strong argument for the notion that the brain structures, far from being only determined by biology, constitute the links established throughout life, beginning with early childhood. The study, conducted at the University of Washington, is called “the maternal support in early childhood predicts larger volumes of the hippocampus in school age” and was divided into two sections separated by several years. The first part consisted of an ingenious test to assess the degree of support that the mother or father could give children three to five years in an everyday situation. The second part consisted of applying those kids, and at school age, an MRI to measure the size of the hippocampus, linked to memory and emotion structure: it turned out, the guys who had better maternal support, that part brain had achieved greater weight and volume.

The work is published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, and is signed by a team from the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis, led by Joan Luby. The first part of the test was made several years ago with boys who were between three and five years. In a research laboratory behavior, were tested in the company of a parent, usually the mother, the boy handed him a gift, wrapped in gift paper, but with the slogan wait eight minutes before opening; mother, meanwhile, had to complete a written questionnaire. The test sought to establish, according to predetermined standards, to what extent support the mother gave the boy in the situation, relatively stressful to wait before opening the gift. The fact that the mother had to turn a task, completing questionnaires, sought to reproduce the structure of an everyday situation in which the mother or caregiver the boy must perform tasks while addresses contain the anxieties of the child. The greater or lesser maternal support was recorded on a scale score, and what was established at that time was the correlation between lower maternal support and an increased risk of depression in children.

The second phase of the research was conducted on 92 children, when they were between 7 and 13 years and was to determine, using MRI, the size of a brain structure called the hippocampus. The result was that in the boys-in testing had shown the preescolar- receive sufficient maternal support, the size of the hippocampus was 10 percent higher than in children who had not received that support. The article notes that the hippocampus “is a central region for memory, emotion regulation and maturation of stress, key areas for healthy social adaptation.” The hippocampus is the only place in the brain in which over a lifetime develop new neurons (last Friday, Pagina / 12 reported on recent work by researchers at the Leloir Institute CONICET).

Joan Luby, director of research at the University of Washington, said that “for years, studies highlighted the importance of early care for the proper development of children, but generally limited to factors such as school performance: study it is the first to show an anatomical change in the brain in relation to the importance of early parental action. “

Mariela Terzaghi, head of Neurology Noel H. Sbarra Hospital of La Plata, said that this research “is part of a series of works that break with the idea of a unique genetic determination for the brain, making place to the influence of aspects between which it should also include the historical, social and cultural conditions of parenting. However, larger hippocampal not necessarily better function, and should not assume that issues explain the mind from brain locations. “

Sergio Rodriguez -coautor Crossings between psychoanalysis and neurobiology said the report from the University of Washington “concerning the logic of research on neurotic depression, where the decreasing depression coincides with increased activity in the hippocampus and the cingulate core brain “.

Babies Need Real Interaction – NYTimes.com

Babies Need Real Interaction – NYTimes.com.

But what are they learning exactly? With my girls, the experience definitely seemed more stimulating than simply watching. They were experiencing “interactivity.” And aren’t we taught to believe that interactivity is a good thing? But look under the hood of interactivity, and it gets complicated. Does all interactivity equate with the one-on-one social interaction that science tells us is so important for brain development? Or are these little tots just learning about cause-and-effect? “

The Surprisingly Positive Results of Respectful Parenting – 5 RIE Baby Basics | Janet Lansbury

The Surprisingly Positive Results of Respectful Parenting – 5 RIE Baby Basics | Janet Lansbury.

“We not only respect babies, we demonstrate our respect every time we interact with them. Respecting a child means treating even the youngest infant as a unique human being, not as an object.” – Magda Gerber

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