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Benefits for Baby
Just a couple of minutes of rocking a day during pregnancy contributes to the development of the fetus’ nervous system.
Rocking is the most effective way to lull children to sleep because the motion most closely resembles the familiar sensation of the womb.
Rocking is associated with bonding and attachment; the process infants go through in the first months of life that helps develop their initial sense of security and belonging.
The motion of rocking stimulates the balancing mechanism and increases motor development.
Rocking stimulates the baby’s vestibular system. This enhances their growth, improves regulation of breathing, and can reduce the risk of SIDS.
The motion of rocking has been shown to help reduce pain during labor. Mothers who undergo cesarean sections show faster signs of recovery when they rock for at least one hour per day.
Rocking is especially helpful as a colic remedy. Since gas is believed to be one of the chief culprits of colic, gentle rocking can help babies calm and relieve gas.
Rocking makes you happier and healthier.
The benefits go beyond baby.
- Rocking motions cause the release of endorphins, which can elevate mood and relieve pain.
- As you rock, you work the muscles in your legs and ankles; one hour of rocking can burn 150 calories!
- Dedicating 10 minutes a day to rocking can reduce blood pressure and improve circulation.
- Rocking has been used for chronic fatigue and to help patients recover from strokes and heart attacks.
- Rocking is a relaxing activity for all age groups and can reduce anxiety and depression.