The bath is for washing baby: that goes without saying. However, according to a recent study, the bath would have a key role to play in baby's development, especially when it is juxtaposed with massage.
For 9 out of 10 parents, bath time is about much more than cleaning baby, and according to the results of a recent study conducted on behalf of the manufacturer Johnson's Baby, these parents would is right. When the baby reaches the age of three, 85% of his brain is formed, and sensory stimulation will have played a key role in his development. Of the five senses, the two most stimulated during bathing are, of course, smell and touch.
The sense of smell is one of the first senses used by newborns, among other things to locate themselves. He recognizes the smell of his mother and, quickly, that of milk. In fact, the fetus begins to smell from the 28e week of pregnancy and therefore, when it comes into the world, already has olfactory cues. Kumar Vedantam, vice president responsible for technology and applications at Givaudan (the world's leading perfume house), explains that "smell is the sense that is most directly linked to memory, because its processing center (theolfactory cortex) is located near the emotional center (amygdala) and memory centers (hippocampus and entorhinal cortex).”
Simply put, this means that smell triggers more emotional memories than the other senses. Think about it: when you smell the unique smell of freshly cut grass, or that of certain flowers, you immediately return to your childhood summers. Smelling your baby helps your baby create memories that will last a lifetime!
Did you know that humans have 40 million olfactory receptors, so the human nose can detect over a trillion different smells? It's no wonder, then, that pleasant scents and familiar smells dramatically improve your baby's mood and alertness. Moreover, the results of the study showed that babies who were bathed with a scented product spent less time crying before falling asleep.
The very first sensory stimulation babies experience is, of course, touch. Already during pregnancy, as it grows, the body of the fetus rubs against the walls of the uterus. He is also sensitive to all the caresses that future parents give him. Touch is a form of communication and its practice greatly reassures baby. In this vein, studies have proven that the very first skin-to-skin contact, after birth, positively influences the interactions between the mother and her child, and this, up to one year later.late!
Luisa Ciofani, Associate Director of Nursing at the McGill University He alth Center in Women's He alth, says massage improves cognitive performance, alertness and attention in infants who regularly massage. 'experience. Among them, we also observe a greater susceptibility to establish eye contact with the parent.
In addition, touch and massage help build self-esteem and the ability to relate to others. When integrated into the bedtime routine, massage and bathing improve the quantity and quality of sleep: 34% fall asleep faster and they sleep longer!
The bath is usually a “tech-free” moment: no computer, tablet or cell phone. Only good quality time between you and your baby: what a great way to form emotional bonds!
So, we can rejoice, since in Canada, with an average bath time of 24.9 minutes, 4.9 times a week, babies and their parents spend 8 hours in the bath per month!
But bath time is so much more than that! Blowing bubbles in the bath can help your baby develop hand-eye coordination. This allows him to discover that objects exist, even if he does not see them. Splashing, on the other hand, teaches the baby about cause and effect. You are used tosing songs while bathing? Well, by doing so, you are stimulating parts of the brain responsible for memory. Plus, you help your baby learn to talk.
Elsewhere in the world
Is this bathing ritual, so important to us North Americans, just as important to the rest of the world? In fact, the reasons for bathing baby and the way to do it vary depending on the place. Obviously, a question of climate is essential. In countries where it is very hot, babies are sometimes bathed three or four times a day to cool them down. And if, in our country, most people have incorporated the bath into the bedtime routine, in China, it is more part of the morning routine. Moreover, in China, as in India, the exercise of massage is well anchored in mores.
Other interesting data from the study
- Dads play a key role at bath time: 54% of dads are responsible for bathing babies in their homes.
- In a quarter of households (26%), bath time is an activity in which both parents participate.
- Parents outside Quebec are more likely to use technological devices with their child (86% outside Quebec vs. 73% in Quebec)
- Parents in Quebec are more likely to say that at the first bath, their child immediately liked everything about the bath (54% in Quebec vs. 38% outside Quebec)
- Parents view bath time as a bonding experience (55%), and halfof parents (48%) say they feel closer to their child after bathing.
- Approximately 8 billion baths are given worldwide each year with JOHNSON’S products
To find out what bath time means to parents, maker of the JOHNSON'S® brand asked Harris Poll to conduct a survey of more than 3,500 parents of children aged 0 to 3 years worldwide.