Benefits Of Rocking
BODY RHYTHM DEVELOPMENT
The natural rhythm of rocking contributes to your child’s overall sense of Body Rhythm – a critical foundation for his physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. Body Rhythm begins in utero by the constancy of your steady heartbeat, and serves as a source of soothing comfort each time he hears it. More, as you rock together you are creating a rhythm all your own.
SENSE OF BALANCE
Babies are not born with a sense of balance. It must be developed. Gentle, slow rhythmic rocking is one of the best, early activities you can provide to help them build foundations for balance and “get their bearings.”
Soothing your child when he is stressed is essential for his overall well-being, and in this strange new world he’s been born into, rocking most closely resembles the familiar, comforting sensations of the womb.
REDUCE C-SECTION HOSPITAL STAY
Nursing mothers recovering from C-sections reduced their hospital stay by a full day by rocking regularly during the day.
SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
The back and forth motion of a rocking chair provides social, emotional and motor development. It helps calm crying babies, makes them smile and hold their heads up.
FETAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT
Rocking has prenatal benefits in that it is believed to promote the development of the fetal nervous system. It has been quoted that Anne Ayres; an American nerve psychologist recommends that at the start of the 10th week of pregnancy, women should rock 5-10 minutes twice a day.
Many pregnancy support articles and websites recommend rocking in a rocking chair to prevent the development of varicose veins by stimulating circulation and improving muscle tone.