Before babies learn to speak, one of the key ways you can communicate with your child is through touch. Baby massage is one of the earliest – and easiest – things you can do for your baby, and it’s a great way to bond. Positive, loving touch – like that used in baby massage – has been proven to have a substantial physical, emotional, mental and social benefit to babies who are regularly massaged by their parents/caregivers. Bonding with your baby can take time and doesn't always happen easily. The bonding experience can be encouraged through touch, through spending quality time together and through eye-to-eye contact with your baby. Baby massage can play a vital role in this process, particularly if you've struggled due to postnatal depression, an early baby or medical problems. It's a great thing for dads to learn too, especially if mum is breastfeeding and he feels left out.