Christine Koh

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I'm Christine Koh, a music and brain neuroscientist turned multimedia creative. I'm the founder + editor of Boston Mamas, co-author of Minimalist Parenting, co-host of the Edit Your Life podcast, and creative director at Women Online. Drop me a line; I'd love to chat about how we can work together!

BabyBabyOhBaby

babybabyohbaby.jpgLooking for a way to bond with baby while encouraging relaxation and good digestion? Today, Jules shares her experience with the new infant massage DVD BabyBabyOhBaby. Read on for her review, as well as to learn how to be one of four winners to receive a copy of BabyBabyOhBaby!

“Call me a believer. Even a supporter. When my baby boy arrived 6 months ago, I felt a full range of emotion, including worry about how to really connect with my little guy. In the local new mothers’ group that I belong to, there was jabber about infant massage, which I paid little attention to. I felt that one short infant massage class for the sky-high cost would be a waste of my time and money. After all, it wasn’t the baby who needed that massage, it was ME! I was a hurtin’ mama.

Months later: enter BabyBabyOhBaby infant massage DVD. I’m hooked. I’m a convert. I conceded and watched the DVD when my interest was piqued after learning of all of the benefits of parent/baby massage, which include helping with gas, digestion, and general fussiness. BabyBabyOhBaby was inspired by the mother of the creator (David Stark), who – in a note that accompanied the DVD - readily recalled his tactile interactions with his mother growing up, and in the months before her death was able to reciprocate this personal touch by “tickling” her and also by hiring a massage therapist to enhance her comfort.

The DVD shows step-by-step massage techniques, demonstrated by real parent/child duos; both parties clearly love the massage! The modus operandi of the DVD is really to just “go with it” and it really hits this point home by keeping the camera rolling when babies are squirmy or even with they pee all over the place. Practical applications (such as using massage to help relieve gas, etc.) make the film super user-friendly, which was a huge attraction for me, as was the encouragement to really just follow your baby’s lead, just as parents would do well to do in day-to-day life.

A super selling point for me is their "eco-wallet" packaging, and organization-wise, I like that for a quick refresher, the front page of the packaging lists all of the techniques, emphasizing that there is no requirement to complete everything in one fell swoop (which is good advice, because when we did it, my little man got restless and wanted nothing more). We tried again later before naptime, and he loved it. Who doesn’t like a good massage? Will’s favorite moves were the leg/feet rubs (no doubt because his little tootsies are beat from kicking around all day), but I would imagine that this differs for every baby for every stage of his or her life.

The strong emphasis on parent/child bonding takes center stage on the DVD, and it did for me as well. The headline, “Massage is something you do with your baby, not to your baby,” drives home the goal of the DVD. There was no replacement for the tender loving touch reciprocated by my son gazing into my eyes with pleasure. Sounds cliché, but this literally is what happened. BabyBabyOhBaby is hands down, a fabulous, fun loving, and informative introduction to the art of infant massage. I’m hoping that maybe, just maybe, Will is going to take notes and return the favor someday; I’m a sucker for a great rub down!”

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
Congrats to winners Cheryl, Carissa, Jen, & Karen!
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Now, want to win a BabyBabyOhBaby DVD*? Here’s how:

  • Visit the BabyBabyOhBaby website, then email contests@bostonmamas.com (with ‘Baby Massage’ in the subject), and tell us what’s so cool about their “Eco-Wallet” packaging.

  • One entry permitted per person; US entrants welcome to enter.

  • Entry period closes at midnight EST, Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

    *FOUR winners will receive a copy of this DVD!


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