Is your baby aged between two and six months? If the answer’s yes, come along this summer to one of our free baby massage classes for parents that are being held at Fulham Central and Melcombe children’s centres.
The classes run at Melcombe from 11am to 12.30pm on Tuesdays, and 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Fridays; and at Fulham Central from 10.30am to midday on Wednesdays.
Why is baby massage so important?
Touch is one of the first of the five senses to develop and is a great way for mums, dads and carers to bond with their baby.
“Baby massage is enjoyable for both parents and babies and also helps to promote healthy brain development,” said Peter Watt, Managing Director of Family Support.
He added: “These positive, nurturing interactions are known as ‘serve and return’ and when a baby receives touch, eye contact, words or loving attention from their caregiver, brain connections are built that support the development of communication and social skills.”
Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education, said: “These free baby massage classes are just one example of how we are supporting parents and carers in H&F.
“Visit Family Support’s new digital service to find out more about the activities on offer for families in the borough.”
Other benefits of baby massage
Massage helps to soothe your baby, promoting restful sleep. Research shows that other benefits include improving weight gain, aiding digestion, improving circulation and easing teething pain.
Family Support’s baby massage expert, Ann Parry, said: “Baby massage benefits both parent and baby; it allows an uninterrupted time for bonding and for learning more about a baby’s way of communicating before they are ready to talk.”
A new baby massage programme will be announced in September.
Here for families
Having children can be great fun, but sometimes things can get hard; and Family Support is here to help families get the best possible start in life for their children. Pop into any children’s centre, phone 020 8753 6070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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