Bottles are all the same right?

bottledThe quality of the plastic bottles we use to decant our organic vegetable oil is important. Recent cuts in bottle production factories have meant that sometimes cheap plastic is being used to save on budgets.

High quality food grade plastic is recommended becallama bottleuse the petro-chemicals do not leak into the oil. In recent travels around the UK, Childways have seen flip top lids being used however, they would suggest the disc lids – not only are these helpful in pouring the oil, but babies cannot bite off the lids!

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Class of September ’15 graduate!

Today all these gorgeous babies graduated, look how proud they all are with their graduation certificates.

October courses start next week – an afternoon AND morning one!

Get in touch if you’d like to book onto the afternoon course starting on 16th October. See here for more details on what you can expect in class.



Massage oil – confused with which type to use?


Baby llama has taken a great deal of care in choosing the perfect oil to represent our values and beliefs. What we put onto a baby’s skin is as important as the food they put into their mouths. The skin is a living, breathing organ, so any oils used in baby massage must be of the highest grade and recommended by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).sunflower-744232_640

We use organic cold pressed sunflower oil with vitamin E, a natural anti oxidant. The sunflower seeds are cold pressed to ensure a minimum loss of the natural properties found in oil. The pH of sunflower oil is the most exact match to a baby’s own sebum so it will not block the pores and the skin is able to function naturally. Vegetable oils are also perfect for sensitive skin, as they are high in linoleic acid, which is gentle to skin. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that helps to protect the barrier element of your baby’s skin. Baby llama recommends avoiding using oils that are scented, petroleum-based or contain nuts, as some oil might get into your baby’s mouth. Baby llama massage oil is edible, so if your baby puts their hands or feet into their mouth, you need not worry!

Touch is foundational to infant development

See an adorable baby and it can be hard to resist reaching out for a cuddle.

The sense of touch is the earliest form of communication between babies and their caregivers. It’s one way we say “I love you” long before infants understand language.

Now scientists at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) and Temple University are collaborating to explore the neuroscience that underlies the power of touch in infants’ lives. Although much is known about how the baby’s brain processes auditory and visual experiences, few studies have explored the baby’s sense of touch.

“This study provides a foundation for examining how body maps develop and the ways in which they are shaped by experiences,” said Marshall, who is a visiting scholar at I-LABS. “Touch is foundational to infant development, and we need to know more about how it is processed in the brain.”

Read more about the study here



baby massage – the gift of touch

In India baby massage has been practiced for centuries, most days mothers will massage the family. These techniques are passed onto their daughters, who will help massage the youngest members of the family. Vimala McClure who brought baby massage into our country said: “I saw a young mother sat in the dirt with her baby across her knees, lovingly massaging her baby and singing. As I watched her, I thought there is so much more to life than material wealth; she had so little, yet she could offer her baby this beautiful gift of love and security, a gift that would help to make him a compassionate human being. In spite of their disadvantages the children were loving, warm and playful, accepting responsibility and were happy.”

A relaxed baby means a relaxed parent, creating a wave affect throughout the family. Eye contact and face to face contact are one of the most powerful communication systems we have and are a vital link between parent and infant and will encourage baby’s language development.

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The basic need for touch has a biological background. Research shows that as early as the seventh week of pregnancy, the baby reacts to touch. Biologically, touch is the earliest developed sense; it is the first to develop in the womb and the last to leave us at the end of life. Infants learn about the world through touch, and we would not survive without it.

Different areas of an infant’s body respond differently to touch. If you want to soothe an infant, gentle strokes or light massage on its back or legs will relax it, stroking babies face or stomach on the other hand, will stimulate it. The strokes should be gentle, firm and slow, if the touch is too light, it can over stimulate or even irritate an infant. The strokes will turn on the digestive system which will help with colic pain, wind or constipation. His circulatory system will also be stimulated which will quicken blood circulation providing nutrients to baby’s muscles and organs which will help keep baby healthy and aid weight gain.

There are many benefits to baby massage; to the baby, parents, family and society in general. Having that time, even ten minutes per day to sit quietly and get to know each other better. By doing this you will be able to recognise baby’s cues more quickly and act with the appropriate response. This will create an upward spiral of confidence in you which will help alleviate any concerns you may have and will help if you are finding things difficult or perhaps are suffering from post natal depression.

It has been widely recognised that although this is a happy stage of your life, it can also be extremely isolating. It is a complete change, from being a busy working girl out all day, to suddenly being stuck at home with no adult conversation, everyone else busy with their own lives. Baby massage classes will get you out of the house where you will meet other new mums in the same situation as you, a chance to share ideas, talk about any concerns, discuss relevant issues and most importantly a chat with some new found friends. Baby massage, a “gift of touch” for you and your baby.

Written by Alison Joyce from for East Surrey Family Grapevine

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Welcome to baby llama massage!

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Discover baby massage with baby llama!

Baby llama offers friendly, fun and informative baby massage classes. Accredited by The Royal College of Midwives, the hands on babies course has been developed as a comprehensive five step programme, designed to introduce both you and your baby to the basic principles of baby massage, in a clear, consistent easy to follow fashion. The sessions are run on a weekly basis to allow you time to practice the techniques in your own time. Comprehensive step-by-step notes will be given out in every class, ensuring both you and baby get the most from it.

There is plenty of time to share ideas and make friends at the weekly sessions. Small, friendly group classes take place in warm & comfortable rooms, with other like minded mums across Trafford, Urmston, Davyhulme & Flixton. As well as learning the techniques and strokes of baby massage, you’ll discover a unique bonding experience with your little one, but most importantly we’ll have some fun along the way! Classes always finish with a nice hot cup of tea and a piece of homemade cake (at baby llama we don’t need much of an excuse to enjoy a good natter and munch on something yummy!)

baby being massagedBaby llama understands that babies don’t always operate on the same timetable as we do, so whether they need feeding, changing, or if they’re feeling unsettled, their needs always come first. We encourage you to feel relaxed and free to attend to your baby’s needs during class. Baby massage is suitable from being newborn, right up until baby starts to crawl.

“Human beings cannot survive without touch; it is a basic behavioural need. Without touch, the human infant will surely die. With healthy touch, the human infant not only survives, but thrives” Dr Ashley Montagu

Widely endorsed by medical practitioners across the world, baby massage can help to:

  • Soothe wind and colic
  • Promote relaxation for you and baby
  • Promote growth and development
  • Balances the nervous system
  • Helps to develop the baby’s first language – touch
  • Strengthen the digestive, immune and respiratory system

Emotionally it encourages bonding and interaction between parent and baby, and enhances your baby’s feeling of being loved and secure. Our 5 week baby massage course enables you to learn and practice a baby massage routine which will help calm and relax baby.

Having a good support network around you is vital in the first few months of bringing your newborn home, so why not discover how this course is a great way to meet other mums and share experiences.

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