How Massage can Improve Your Child’s Sleep

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A massage is  very relaxing for adults. The same is true for your child.

Massage can be used as an important part of the bedtime routine. It sends a message to your child’s body that it is time to relax and get ready for sleep.

To see a happy baby being massaged, click here:

Your child is spending their waking hours learning many new things. A young baby is learning to control their hands and then discovering they have feet too! Your baby is always kicking and moving as they learn to coordinate all those muscles to do what the child wants. It is tough work to learn to sit, crawl, or walk. There are also a lot of bumps and falls along the way. Massage feels great on all those tired muscles.

Our toddlers spend their day exploring the world which is full of new discoveries. It is exciting to figure out how those drawers open and what might be inside. It is amazing the sounds your child can make by banging toys or items on the floor or hitting the toys together. Each day is filled with the wonder of discovery. It is difficult to end that fun activity to slow down and sleep. Massage is a way to relax your little explorer to prepare for sleep.

Having those active muscles massaged feels amazing! It will help your child get ready for sleep. Some studies have shown that massage promotes increased retention of all the learning that just took place in their day.

Including massage in their bedtime routine is a wonderful way for you to connect with your child and enjoy a special ending to their day. It will become a time of the day that your child anticipates, even as your child reaches school age.

If you are interested in learning how to massage your child, I have an easy to follow video available for you to learn:

Enjoy massage with your child and the wonderful, relaxed sleep following that massage.

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Arlene Fryling

Arlene is a registered nurse and certified sleep consultant for children 0-5 years. She has cared for premature, sick, and many healthy babies. For over 15 years she has taught expectant parents how to care for their newborns through classes teaching basic baby care, infant massage classes, and moderating support groups for new moms as they deal with parenting issues.

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To see the complete massage instructional video: