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Infant Massage by Vimala Schneider McClure
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Mar 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: parenting
Read from March 31 to April 05, 2011

This book is by the initial proponent of infant massage in the US. She walks through her theories behind infant massage and then presents a system of massage you can use on your own child. I very much like the idea of using massage with my baby and am familiar with some of the literature on the benefits of touch on stress hormone levels and development.

One thing I disagreed with was how McClure discussed the idea of adults' inner infants and that this may impact how they treat their babies. I don't think memories are laid down in any systematic way during infancy though we probably learn things as we get older about how culturally we are supposed to treat infants. My other very minor argument with the book was that she mentions infants may need to cry at times to release emotions. my understanding is that small infants cry to communicate distress that they need action taken on.

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