There’s nothing more gorgeous than a newborn baby, all snuggly and warm, and the feeling of holding your new baby is beyond compare. But new research shows that mums have a secret to calming their baby: through skin to skin contact. You’ll love seeing the natural power a mum has to make a baby calm in this emotional film:
The first few weeks of a baby’s life can be daunting for new parents. You are trying to get to grips with this new parenting lark, you’re short of sleep, you’re not used to what the baby fussing or crying means – does it need a nappy change? a feed? a burp?
A new film by WaterWipes, commissioned for its #PureLove campaign, aims to boost confidence for new mums by proving just how amazing their bodies are. The film captures an experiment by world-renowned ‘skin to skin’ expert Dr Susan Ludington that shows the science behind skin to skin and the natural power a mum has to care for her baby.
Three new mums allowed Dr Ludington to monitor their days’ old babies as they held them in a swaddled position and then held them skin to skin on the chest. All three mums witnessed how this skin to skin contact regulated their baby’s breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels and temperature within five minutes of being held in this position, compared to the swaddling method.
Dr Luddington says, “Mums’ bodies are extraordinary, they spend nine months making and giving birth to baby. And, once baby is a born, a mother’s body continues to do incredible things for her baby – she even has the power to regulate baby’s biology simply by holding her baby skin to skin. This happens because both baby and mother synchronise and regulate each other’s biology when skin to skin contact occurs.”
Newborn skin is much more delicate than ours, and this experiment shows the natural power that a mother has to help stabilise and help keep their baby calm just through skin to skin contact in the first few weeks of life.
Water Wipes hope that this film helps reassure new mums that they are really all that their baby needs.
Over to you now. If you enjoyed this video, WaterWipes is encouraging parents to share their reactions to the film and their personal experiences of using skin to skin in the first few weeks of their baby’s life on social media, using hashtag #PureLove.