Baby Massage Oils

The type of oil will depend on your baby, your traditions, skin type, cost, allergies and healthy (to name a few). I hope that I have covered the oil you would be choosing on this page.

Vegetable oil (cold pressed) 

Advantages –

  • None greasy
  • Not photosensitive so would work for babies who require photo-therapy or overhead heater
  • Does not leave skin slippery
  • No scent
  • Skin will continue to function naturally
  • May contain vitamin E 
Disadvantages –
  • Contains allergens and thus has the potential to give a reaction
  • Cheaper or poor quality oils may contain contaminants such as yeast moulds, fungal spores, plant chemicals lead and other things you wouldn’t want to rub on your baby
  • Can have a lot of variation due to different manufacturers, process and storage (meaning each batch might be a little different)

Refined Oil (almond, avocado, grape seed etc)

Advantages – 
  • None greasy
  • None photosensitive so would be fine to use on babies who need photo-therapy or overhead heater
  • Skin will continue to function naturally 
  • Does not leave hands or baby slippery
  • No scent
  • No allergens in the oil
  • Long shelf life once you open a bottle
  • It is cheaper than cold pressed oils and unrefined oils
Disadvantages – 
  • Little nutrient value and no real ‘goodness’ imparted onto skin
  • Oils may change during the refining processes
  • May contain solvent residue

Mineral Oils

Advantages – 
  • Mineral oil is cheap
  • There are no allergens
  • It will not go off
Disadvantages – 
  • Not a good medium for massage
  • Too greasy & sticky 
  • Possibly photosensitive to might not be ideal for infants undergoing photo-therapy or overhead heater.
  • Leaves skin slipper and may cause parents to lose grip on infants post massage
  • This oil is not used in any food and the implications of a baby ingesting the oil from sucking their hands post massage are unknown.
  • Most mineral oils have an added scent which may cause a reaction on the skin, may over stimulate the baby and will dull the scent of their parents. The scent of their parents is a strong point of bonding during massage sessions
  • This type of oil is not absorbed into the skin and will inhibit the natural functions like heat regulation, sweating and breathability of the skin. 
I tend to use an oil that contains the following things: Sunflower oil, Peach kernel oil, Jojoba oil and Vitamin E. If you go with the philosophy that if you wouldn’t put it IN your body don’t put it ON your body you will probably end up with a nice oil, with a not too greasy texture that will compliment baby’s skin. 

Zara

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