Creating a bond that lasts a lifetime.

Welcome to Baby Strokes!

Creating a bond that lasts a lifetime. Learn how to soothe your child with infant massage.

Welcome to Baby Strokes!

Creating a bond that lasts a lifetime. Learn how to soothe your child with infant massage.

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The advice “enjoy every moment” can be challenging at 3am…

Are you exhausted? Suffering from disturbed or lack of sleep?

“Sleep when the baby sleeps” is great advice but what if your baby never sleeps?

Colic, gas, constipation, teething, nasal congestion? Does your baby suffer from these uncomfortable and often painful symptoms?

Children often have headaches, stomach aches, growing pains and anxiety.
Is your child suffering from any of these childhood ailments?

Baby Strokes can help, we can offer solutions!

Helpful for expectant parents, new parents , parents with older babies and children and their Grandparents. Also useful for caregivers and professionals looking to expand their knowledge and enhance their practice.

Welcome to Baby Strokes!

Where you’ll learn massage strokes & techniques for your infant / child. Bond & connect with your baby and soothe & calm your newborn!

Real solutions you can learn from the comfort of your home, in-person, or online.

Great for new parents, those expecting a baby and want to be prepared! Also great for grandparents, caregivers, and professionals looking to expand their support knowledge.

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Self-Paced Online Classes
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In-Person Classes
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Live Virtual Classes
about melanie wattles

Meet Melanie!

Hello I am Melanie Wattles! I’m a registered nurse, certified infant massage instructor and certified pediatric massage therapist. I have lived in Austin, Texas for almost 30 years with my husband Daniel, son James and our GSD Akako.

As you’ll be able to tell when we meet, I am British with a Texas twang.  My goal or vision for Baby Strokes is to promote infant / child massage to facilitate bonding and to enable all parents, babies and children to experience the many benefits of massage.

Cross cultural studies show that in societies where babies are rocked, massaged and breastfed, they tend to develop into adults that express compassion and caring rather than violence and aggression. I believe the deep emotional bonds formed in infancy through touch lay the foundation for a lifetime of love, trust, courage, dependability and faith.

Baby Strokes will provide a comfortable, non-judgmental environment to learn about the importance of early touch and the many  benefits of massage that can be experienced by both the baby and  child and you the parent/caregiver. Baby Strokes will teach you massage strokes and touch techniques that you can use with your newborn, older baby and growing child.

My Credentials

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Registered Nurse (RN)

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Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI 1, 2)

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CIMI certification through the International Association of Infant Massage in 2001

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CIMI2 Certification through WINC Without Borders (World Institute for Nurturing Communication) (2014)

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Registered Sick Children’s Nurse in the United Kingdom

20 years experience

Over 20 years experience in Pediatric and Neonatal Nursing

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Infant/Child CPR Certified

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Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist

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Baby Strokes Mission Statement

“Educate parents and caregivers on the importance and value of touch in the early stages of life and teach the techniques that will enable them to provide positive touch and nurturing through out their child’s life.”