Singing to your baby is great for their brain development, says new study

Singing to your baby is great for their brain development, says new study

I love nothing better than singing to my baby (and I’m sure I sound better in my head than I actually do) – now research shows us the benefits of those parent-led lullabies.

A new study presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society on Tuesday found that lullabies not only comfort both mama and baby, but they can also benefit an infant’s cognitive development. Particularly, these songs can increase a little one’s attention and displays of positive emotion toward their mamas.

“Infant brains must be able to track auditory events in a predictive manner to make sense of music,” says study author Laura Cirelli, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. “Music is a tool that we can use to bring people together, and this starts in infancy.”

Read all about it HERE

Media – Bath & Wiltshire Parent magazine

Media – Bath & Wiltshire Parent magazine

Here is a lovely little mention in the Bath & Wilshire Parent Magazine about our forthcoming courses.

Hypnobirthing on FamiliesinBath

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Read all about our Hypnobirthing courses here on Families In Bath’s website –
https://www.familiesinbath.co.uk/hypnobirthing-bath-massage-company

Our next course: 30th September & 14 October 2017 (both dates) 1pm – 5pm

 

Dads get involved

Dads get involved

Our baby massages classes aren’t just for mums. The 6th session of the course is for dad/partner so they can have a go and discover the many benefits that baby massage can offer.

Recently one of the dads on my course agreed to write a little review of the class, and The Bath and Wiltshire Parent magazine kindly agreed to feature it on their website – read Phil and baby Henrys article here.

 

Article for ‘FamiliesInBath’ new website

Article for ‘FamiliesInBath’ new website

Bath’s newest website dedicated for parents – www.familiesinbath.co.uk – has kindly feature a short Q&A interview with me all about my classes, what goes on in them, and answers frequently asked questions. Read it here.fam

 

Oil use in baby massage

A recent study has been published about the use of sunflower oil in baby massage.
The study in question is: “OLIVE OIL, SUNFLOWER OIL OR NO OIL FOR BABY DRY SKIN OR MASSAGE: A PILOT, ASSESSOR-BLINDED, RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL” (the Oil in Baby Skincare [OBSeRvE] Study) – Cooke A, Cork MJ, Victor S, Campbell M, Danby S, Chittock J, Lavender T
Read the full study here: http://www.medicaljournals.se/acta/content/?doi=10.2340/00015555-2279&html=1

This study does not show that either olive or sunflower oil leads to eczema, it only concludes that the lipid structure of the skin barrier “appeared altered” on the babies who used the oils. To theorise that this might lead to the development of eczema is a big leap and the study also concludes that further studies, including a “long-term observational study”, would be required to establish whether there is a possible link between the use of oils and Atopic Eczema.

Sunflower oil has been used for many years as a massage oil without any sign of problems and there are plenty of studies that corroborate the health benefits. The article below summarises over 30 studies:
SELECTED EVIDENCE-BASED HEALTH BENEFITS OF TOPICALLY APPLIED SUNFLOWER OIL – Mihaela Stoia and Simona Oancea.
Read the full article here:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275328801_Selected_Evidence-Based_Health_Benefits_of_Topically_Applied_Sunflower_Oil

The official IAIM recommendation on oil has always been to use an organic cold-pressed vegetable oil, of which there are many different varieties available, and in the UK sunflower oil still remains the most popular one used.

An infant massage instructor should ideally provide parents with a choice of oil and allow them to decide which to use, as the IAIM belief is that the parents are the experts on their own child.

Article on sleep and baby massage

Article on sleep and baby massage

This months article for BathMums is all about sleep and how massaging your baby can really help them to relax ready for bedtime. Read it here.

https://bathmums.co.uk/posts/view/how-baby-massage-can-aid-better-sleep

 

Additional course dates for November 2015

Additional course dates for November 2015

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