‘Infant massage is an ancient art that connects you deeply with the person who is your baby, and it helps you to understand your baby’s particular nonverbal language and respond with love and respectful listening. It empowers you as a parent, for it gives you the means by which you become an expert on your child and therefore can respond according to your baby’s unique needs. Rather than growing up selfish and demanding, a child whose voice is heard, whose heart is full, and who is enveloped in love overflows with that love and naturally, unselfconsciously gives themselves to others. They learn what healthy, respectful touch is by being touched that way. They learn self-discipline by watching their parents and imitating them. The deep emotional bonds formed in infancy lay a foundation for a lifetime of trust, courage, dependability, faith and love.’ Vimala McClure 2000

Resources for Fathers:

Supporting Fathers Through Infant Massage

A study on the effect of massage and bathing on 12 week old babies