Add a three-minute mas­sage after his bath

Mother & Baby (UK) - - SWEET DREAMS SPECIAL -

Young­sters thrive on skin-to-skin con­tact. It low­ers the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol, boosts the feel-good hor­mone oxy­tocin, and helps to re­lease the calm­ing sleep hor­mone mela­tonin. So, it’s no sur­prise that re­search has found that in­fants who have their skin stroked reg­u­larly fuss less than ba­bies who don’t. ‘Mas­sage helps ba­bies go to sleep quicker and stay asleep longer,’ says Lucy. Just three min­utes post-bath be­fore you pop his sleep­suit on will make all the dif­fer­ence.

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