Good news, massage loving parents! Massage makes bedtime and sleep better for kids…and parents!
A study published in January of this year (2018) in the Journal of Sleep Medicine reported that a consistent nightly massage-based bedtime routine improves:
In this study 123 families were divided into either an intervention group or control group (normal bedtime routine with no changes). The intervention group used their normal bedtime routine for one week to measure their baseline data and then were taught a massage routine that they used each night (massaging the baby’s chest, arms and hands, stomach, back, and legs and feet), followed by quiet activities such as cuddling and lullabies with lights out within 30minutes of the massage. Massage-based bedtime routine: impact on sleep and mood in infants and mothers is available in full-text for some more detailed reading. 🙂
Not that we needed a study to demonstrate the impact of massage on family sleep! But sometimes, families need a little support. Our biggest advice: massage for babies and kids does not look like and does not need to look like YOUR massage. They are wiggly, moving around, distracted, talking, giggling. And still getting the benefits from the massage.
Need extra support? Schedule your own massage or an infant massage instruction session!