17 Jun

We Are Each Truly Unique

As I sit down to write update my blog, I ask myself, ”What really is a good blog?, What can make it informative, interesting, even compelling?  How will it be helpful to new parents?New parents who are making their way as best they can with this new little person in their lives, this breath of fresh life!  

One day last year, I had stopped in at Birth Source which was where I taught baby massage and the owner Tracey was there holding the most incredible thing in the world, ‘a newborn baby girl just 5 days old’. She had beautiful black hair and little ears that looked like perfect sea shells and a ‘kid you not’ little rosebud mouth.  Her eyes were closed the whole time I was there, but you just knew that she was aware of you and everything around her. Such a gift to be in her presence!!  

We are each truly unique.  We have a unique fingerprint, a unique smell (called a chemical signature,) a unique sound (our voice), and a unique touch.  Your baby can tell your touch from someone else’s.  In fact, there are cultures that believe a baby receives different qualities and benefits from a father’s touch than from a mother’s – touch is that unique!


Always remember that your touch, your voice, your chemical signature, are all more comforting to your  baby than anyone else’s.  And until we are about 3 years old, we have a heightened sensitivity to touch, some call it a ‘skin hunger’  We need it as if it was ‘food through the skin’.  So remember, that your loving touch is a necessity to your baby, it is truly nourishment to them and nourishment to you as you attach and bond and get closer to your baby all the time.  Touch is the first bridge between you , and is your baby’s main form of communication for the first year of it’s life.  They say a picture is worth a ‘thousand words’ , well with  a baby, a touch is clearly worth a thousand works and probably a whole lot more.  Enjoy your little one, appreciate each moment and each loving touch.

17 Jun

The Language of Touch

I have  been teaching infant massage since 1993.  It has been quite a journey, a journey into the loving language of touch.  The language of touch is tender and beautiful.

“Touch” is a baby’s world – soft, warm, and comforting.  It is sometimes called the “mother” sense, the “first” sense.  It define’s a baby’s world.  It says, “I am safe and secure, growing and maturing, all intact.”  Touch connects a baby and mother, baby and father.  It unifies them, brings them together.  It is the baby’s first language!  A loving hand on a baby’s back or foot, is simple and sweet, and relays a message, a message of love and comfort.  Babies need this message to thrive, grow and develop, to become strong and sure of themselves.  They need to eventually grow up, and walk away and begin their own lives while still feeling the threads of connection to their parents.

Much research has been done on the “language of touch” with babies including: the work of well known anthropologist Ashley Montague, who authored Touching: The Human Significance of Skin and the International Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami’s Medical School.

Cultures around the world have massaged babies for comfort, for closeness, to help them sleep, to help deal with gas and digestion and the list goes on…

A baby massage class is a special place.  Sometimes quiet, often noisy with babies having all of their moods.  The first class is usually the most chaotic, like a symphony of baby noises that all seems to calm down by the end of the class.  When babies feel safe, they may fuss and let go of their inner distress. Loving, warm touch helps create a safe place.


In a 4 week class, babies grow right before your eyes -grow , change, and develop.  Some babies take to having a massage right away, others are shyer, and need their parents to be patient and give them little bits of massage every day until they are ready to connect with this new experience, to fully relax into it, to come home to it.  Then, it falls into place and parent and baby are fully together, in the moment and enjoying the massage.  Before you begin you start with learning how to “ask your baby’s permission”, verbally or non-verbally.  After a few times, you may get a clear response like this delightful example of “little legs or arms” going straight up into the air.

In teaching an infant massage class, the instructor learns to be calm and assured in the midst of chaos and noisy babies.  This takes practice, and you learn that it will all work out, both babies and parents will calm down and relax.

You begin to trust the process and it is magical!  There is a popular saying that I love that describes this magic, “where there is great love, there are always miracles”.  It is an honor to teach this ancient world wide art, the art of lovingly massaging a baby.

17 Jun

New Website & eBook Announcement

This is my first blog on Sweet Baby Dream’s brand new website.  I think the  new website is fresh, updated and modern. Thank you to everyone involved in this project!!   It is a time of new beginnings!

Sweet Baby Touch

As well,  I have recently published an eBook called Sweet Baby Touch, The Infant Massage Book.  It is complementary to Sweet Baby Dream, The Infant Massage Video.  This book was a big project for me and a lot of people helped it come together, editing, graphics, formatting. Again, I thank everyone involved.  I loved writing this book, I got to share experiences from all the years I have taught baby massage!


This photo is of a pair of very sweet twins who were recently in my baby massage class.  They are just now  becoming aware of each other.  In the photo, one is gently reaching out to and noticing his sleeping brother!   In class they were very considerate, one would get a massage as the other slept, and the next class , they would alternate!!!  So, they are a very good example, of how parents with twins can still get to a baby  massage class!

I will post again soon and thanks for stopping by.
Sharon Melvin