Had a lovely Baby Sensory session today at West End.
As its Valentine’s Day on Tuesday this week's session was Baby Valentine....
Not as energetic and upbeat as our usual sessions, but more snuggly and huggly with our babies....We held them close, danced with them,and of course there were bubbles and stars! The whole room was full of smiling, relaxed mummies, grannies and babies...
As Helen (session leader) pointed out hugging is an important part of the human need to feel loved. It releases oxytocin (the hug hormone) for both the hugger and the hugged. Now, I thought oxytocin was released during labour to help you bond with your baby and push out that placenta....well, it IS - but it turns out that is not all we can credit oxytocin with.
I found out more here: http://www.greatist.com/happiness/tip-hug-it-out/
Ever wondered why hugging your children close feels so good?
Why a cuddle and a kiss from Mummy or Daddy makes all the pain of a skinned knee go away?
Why babies hold out their arms to be picked up and hugged?