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Stimulate Baby’s Senses to Encourage Development

From the moment your baby is born, they are learning about themselves and the world around them. Did you know that by establishing daily routines with your baby around a variety of activities, such as bath time and baby massage, you can actually help nurture and encourage their development? By stimulating baby's senses you are providing opportunities for them to learn, think, love and grow

A Mother's Touch

Studies have shown that routine touch and massage can lead to improved physiological, cognitive, emotional and social development. Specifically, routine massage has been shown to improve cognitive performance and increase alertness and attentiveness.

Your baby’s first emotional bonds are built from physical contact, and these serve as the foundation for emotional and intellectual development later in life. And this is truly special.

Scent to stimulate the mind

Your baby is able to smell before they are even born - about 28 weeks into pregnancy! Enjoyable and familiar scents have been proven to improve mood, calmness and alertness, and the scent of a mother can help reduce crying. Additionally, scent is important from day 1 because newborns use the sense of smell to familiarize themselves more than any other sense.

By incorporating bath time and baby massage into your daily routine, you can help your baby familiarise themselves with loving touch and familiar scents, all the time helping them develop their senses and their own personal development.

Is bath time and baby massage a key part of your daily routine? Let us know in the comments.
This article has been sponsored by the JOHNSON’S® brand.​
 

About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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