Baby massage for dads at The Langton: 3 - 24 November

Baby massage for dads at The Langton: 3 - 24 November


Dads today want a more hands-on role with their babies to help form a special bond and baby massage can help to build this life-long connection. This four-week course at The Langton in Brislington (Langton Court Rd, BS4 4EG) will teach you a new life skill, help you to recognise your baby’s non-verbal communication cues and help you to develop strong, emotional bonds with your baby.

Suitable for babies from birth to pre-crawling, each session runs from 11am - 12noon. Mums are invited to attend to be on hand to feed baby or to provide reassurance and can observe.

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I'm an IAIM Certified Infant Massage Instructor having trained with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).

I will teach you a soothing, rhythmic massage for your baby that will help you to learn your baby's communication cues as well as relax them. I can work with you and your baby from birth up until pre-crawling. Fathers often worry that they will not be able to form as strong a relationship with their child as the mother does. It is often easier for mums to make that special bond through her experience of pregnancy and breast-feeding. Some dads find the transition to being a parent a stressful time too and they may not have the same physical and emotional resources as mum to cope with the changes. Infant massage can be a really valuable way to help fathers form a close attachment with their children.

This baby massage course is, essentially, the gold standard in baby massage and is endorsed by the Royal College of Midwives, the Complimentary Therapists’ Association and Embody.

You will :

  • learn gentle massage strokes that will calm and relax your baby

  • help your baby to feel securely attached

  • help your baby to feel more loved, valued and respected

  • increase your baby's levels of relaxation and promote longer sleep

  • help your baby to develop body awareness and co-ordination

  • provide relief from wind, colic, constipation and teething discomfort.

You will learn a lifelong parenting skill and gain a deeper understanding of your baby's behaviour, crying and body language.

Organic oconut oil is provided along with course handouts.

Babies can remain clothed for the massage session and dolls can be provided to practice on if baby is asleep. Classes are baby-led. You are encouraged to attend to your baby if they are crying, need feeding, or just need comforting. If babies are asleep, dolls are provided so that you can still take part.

Studies into father-infant massage are small but they do suggest that it is a simple and effective way for dads to bond with their new baby. This enhanced bond seems to help reduce stress and also improve communication with mums. With the extra incentive of reduced colic symptoms and a more soundly sleeping baby it is definitely worth a try.