Affectionate touch is among the most powerful tools available to parents to connect with their babies. Numerous researchers have documented the dramatic effects of the nurturing touch provided through infant massage. Infant massage also enhances the attachment and trust between parent or caregiver and child while helping regulate the function of the central nervous system.

A healthy nurturing touch elevates chemicals called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and GABA, which enhance feelings of contentment and joy, while lowering other chemicals, such as cortisol, that are associated with stress, anxiety and fear. Interestingly, the benefits are not only to the child, but the adult as well!”


Karyn Purvis, Ph.D.
Director: TCU Institute of Child Development
Developmental Psychologist and Researcher
Co-author of The Connected Child


Resources Available at DayOne Baby


  • This full video and many others are available in the Lending Library of all DayOne Baby locations.¬†Speak with an associate in-store for more details.
  • ‘Infant Massage’ Class

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