Actually, let's back up a bit...
Imagine yourself after a long day of sensory stimulus, you're ready to unwind.
But how can you just fall asleep if you're still processing all of it?
You lay your head down and your head works overtime, thinking about all the things that transpired.
It's too much.
My hope is that all adults unwind in healthy, fulfilling ways with family, self-care, and rejuvenating activities, including massage on a regular basis.
I know this isn't always the case, but I hope you can begin to see some of the similarities here with your little one.
More than adults, our babies are taking in so much new information, processing lights, sounds, feelings, temperature, touch - everything is new!
One of the greatest gifts I received as a parent - aside from nightly massage routines with my babies - was a sleep coach who told us to talk to our baby about what happened that day.
Even before I thought they understood or cared about any...
This excerpt was originally posted on Seattle's Child website.
To learn more about IMC | Infant Massage Certification's course and compare, read below this section.
Both research and anecdotal evidence from families have shown that there are many ways that babies and families may benefit from infant massage. ...the benefits can be grouped into four categories: Interaction, Stimulation, Relief and Relaxation.
...It cost $650 to get certified and you must be 18 years of age. Here are the details, we should note – it’s not easy!
To become certified, one must:
Attend the four day (five days if translated into another language) practical training...
- Complete practice teachings with families.
- Successfully complete studying, exam and evaluations.
You get to teach parents how to massage their babies for confident bonding, attachment and communication, complete health and happiness!
IMC | Infant Massage Certification offers online...
I am reviewing their WRAPS, both products come in other carrier options.
For ME, I found Moby Wrap to be awesome. They actually are both great, and once again, preference trumps all. The biggest difference to me was the fabric’s elasticity. I preferred the feel of the Moby because it was sturdy, it felt like my baby was very secure in there. Moby’s fabric is thicker, which is probably what makes it stronger.
Side note, Moby is loved by many of my wrap-wearing mom friends. Not that I haven’t heard moms say they like Boba Wraps, just not nearly as much.
So, just so we’re clear, I loved the Moby Wrap. The funny thing is, I bought the Boba!
The reason being, in general, I run really hot. And because it was August and Moby was so darn thick, I thought at the time that I would use the Boba until the weather got a little colder then go back and get Moby. I got home with my Boba and after a few attempts...
Sleep. It’s a BIG topic for new parents and everyone has unique situations. Some parents choose to “sleep train” and of those, some start early and some wait longer. There are parents who decide against sleep training but change their minds when the day comes they realize everything else they’ve tried just isn’t working.
Some parents believe in the ‘cry it out’ method and others don't at all. Some use schedules and then there are parents who solely follow baby’s cues. Some babies wake once a night and for those unfortunate parents, there are babies who wake every hour on the hour. Babies who sleep a lot at the beginning may ‘regress’ or, if you're lucky, they might even continue sleeping through the night for years to come.
The point is, we all have different styles, different children, different ideas pre-baby vs. once we actually have a baby. If there's one thing that can have an effect on every area of our lives, it's...
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.”There was one thing I knew years before Zander was conceived, throughout my pregnancy, and now, since he’s been here with us. The one thing through it all that has stayed strong and clear is that all Zander (or any child) needs is our presence.