Which oils should you use when massaging your little one?
There are baby oils on the market, some that claim to be natural, but generally they contain a smell or shelf life or have been fiddled with in some way.
i like organic sunflower oil, rapeseed or grapeseed oil. They are all seed oils which are good for the first year because they don’t contain nuts which is somewhat controversial in the uk and nhs recommend avoiding nuts. However, i do know lots of Asian families who cook with and enjoy regularly sweet almond oil.
Coconut oil was a 2019 breakthrough and the benefits of ingesting and using coconut oil spread like wildfire. It is a seed, despite the name! I recommend finding as pure version as you can.
A lot of these oils are cold pressed. You don’t need to spend a fortune with an aromatherapy supplier or posh food shop, but you will be getting a slightly better product (which is why you pay through the nose!). It means the flower the oil has come from has been squeezed in a cold environment. The oils in cold environments are at their densest making them easier to collect.
I believe perfume companies get the first cut off the flower because this is believed to be the purest. it means your supermarket organic pressed vegetable oil will be somewhere down the bottom of the pile – which its why is cheaper in larger batches 😁
i personally prefer using a supermarket organic sunflower oil. It is a food grade oil which means literally nothing has been added or taken away and its not as precious if you spill some! As its rubbed on your baby’s skin, some of this is absorbed into their skin, digestive system and blood. As is an easy oil to digest i like the idea that this is easily digested for their little bodies. It also means that being a thin oil, your baby won’t feel sticky or slimy after the massage, most should’ve been absorbed and they’ll have lovely soft skin. Half protecting their skin from outside environments and half absorbed doing good things on the inside. This means it doesn’t dry skin like water and protects and moisturises better than moisturiser or creams.
These seed oils are also relatively colourless, meaning when you put white vests and clothes on them afterwards, they’re less likely to be stained yellow.
For a long time olive oil was recommended. its so thick and sticky its horrible to use, doesn’t allow the skin to breathe, clogs pores and is a deep colour staining clothes and hardly gets absorbed so sits on the surface of your babies skin.
Personally, i detest these ‘baby massage oils’ on the market – never quite sure they’ve listed all the ingredients because they don’t need to when it goes in the bottle (they can add or take away before it goes in the bottle and need not tell you this on the packaging).
Also, the smell added tends to be strong – so us adults can smell it easier. babies sense smell is 10 times better than ours so sometimes these ‘bedtime lavender chamomile’ type oils and products can have the opposite affect on your baby, plus your baby won’t be able to smell you through all the layers of perfume 😭
As i sign off I’ll leave you with 2 last thoughts. I’d never want to put anything other than natural things on my gorgeous new baby’s skin, but it is a personal and parents choice.
Secondly, always patch test. This means putting a dab on the inside of the elbow and leaving for ..24hours if you can. is a sensitive and sweaty area of the body and any reaction on the skin or otherwise, I’d wash off and avoid for another 6-12 months until they’re older.
I hope I’ve explained the pros and cons (there are more, just too many to list! ) to help you make an informed decision what you’d like to use on your baby in a massage class or for dry or flaky skin.