As a new mom, I learned right away the importance of encouraging happy and healthy development during bath time with my babies. It became immediately apparent to me that bath time was an important part of ensuring that my babies had a restful sleep and I quickly established a bedtime routine that we followed religiously every night.
In the evening, my husband and I would bathe our son with JOHNSON’S® baby HEAD-TO-TOE® wash. Not only did we love its scent but we also knew that it was gentle enough for our son’s delicate new skin. Smell in general can evoke powerful emotions, and a clean, fresh, after-bath smell appears to be no exception for parents in the US, especially Hispanic parents. Parents around the world spend 10 hours per month on average bathing their babies and 90% of Hispanic parents consider this a special time to bond with their babies.
Immediately afterwards, we gave our baby a full body massage using JOHNSON’S® baby lotion because I had read somewhere that massaging a baby’s skin helps their development and allows parents to bond with baby. As a matter of fact, research shows that infants who experienced routine touch and massage (a big part of the after-bath routine) were 50% more likely to make eye contact and 3X more likely to have an overall positive expression.
Here are some massage tips to keep in mind during your baby’s bath time:
- Use slow and positive strokes as you massage your baby’s skin.
- Begin on the legs and continue with soft and soothing motions.
- Use soothing tones to talk to your baby while you are massaging his or her skin.
After swaddling our baby and laying him down to sleep, we played classical music in the background to soothe him to sleep. Yet another book I had read as a new mom stated that exposing babies to classical music helps to develop their brains. Listening to bath time music or talking back and forth with baby can stimulate parts of the brain responsible for memory and language development. Studies show infants who are spoken with more have larger vocabularies by 24 months of age.
Bath time provides the perfect opportunity for parents to evoke their baby’s senses in a variety of ways. Bath time moments serve as special rituals that help all parents develop relationships with their babies through touch, smell, and more! JOHNSON’S® is committed to showcasing the ways that these everyday interactions are the perfect opportunity to stimulate baby’s senses and lead to happy, healthy development.
Make sure you visit JOHNSON’S® to learn more about the JOHNSON’S® SO MUCH MORE™ campaign and ways that you could use bath time to stimulate your baby’s senses and to nurture your baby’s ability to learn, think, love and grow!
Let’s Discuss: How have you used bath time to encourage happy and healthy development of your babies?
This is a compensated collaboration with Johnson’s® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
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