Best Massage Oil for Babies
When I became a mother, the first thing I did was research for all the best baby products available in the market. I wanted nothing short of best for my little one. And today, I am going to discuss the Best Massage Oil for Babies available from Indian Brands.
The next thing I wanted to learn is how to give a massage and a bath to a newborn. Luckily, my mother & mother-in-law were there for a few days to help me out with that. And, I took it as an opportunity to learn about handling a newborn. But then one of my friends who had a six-month-old baby suggested that I hire a professional for this job. As per her experience, it was a better option for an easy & hassle-free bath time routine. I felt tempted but then I read about how massage & bath time can help mothers going through postpartum depression. And, also help to bond better with their babies. Hence, I chose to do it myself.
We all know how beneficial the massage is for babies. But as our little babies grow up and enter the toddler age, either they start resisting massage time or parents stop doing it thinking it’s not necessary now. However, I would suggest, you still do it occasionally because of the many health benefits associated with a good massage.
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Frequency of Massage as per Age
- Newborns – 2-3 times a week (gentle massage)
- Babies (0-1 y) – Twice daily (or thrice)
- Toddlers (1-2 y) – Once daily (or twice)
- Pre-schoolers (2-3 y) – At least once a week
- Kindergartners (3-5 y) – Once a week or twice a month
Benefits of a Regular Massage for Babies & Toddlers
- As I mentioned earlier, massage is a great way to bond with your little ones. They can feel your love & care through your touch.
- Massaging helps a lot in relaxing & soothing the babies and making them sleep better.
- It also has many health benefits for babies. It helps in making the bones & muscles strong & also improves the digestion.
- Massaging helps in stimulating their motor development.
- It eases any kind of muscle pain which the toddlers otherwise may not be able to tell.
- Massaging also helps in reducing stress & anxiety as it helps in lowering the level of stress hormone.
- Many studies have proven that regular massage also helps in reducing hyperactivity & aggressiveness in children.
Toddlers or older children may not like getting a massage hence you need to find a suitable time when they are not much active. It should be planned in between the meal times so that the child is not too hungry & not too full. You can also make massage time a fun storytelling time or to have a one-to-one conversation with your child.
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5 Best Massage Oil for Babies from Indian Brands
Now, coming to the main question, which massage oil is best for my baby? This one is a tricky question and if you go and search the internet you would not find any research-based answer for it. There are two aspects of choosing a massage oil, type of oil, and the brand.
You may choose the type of oil-based on your baby’s skin type, dry, normal, oily, or sensitive. Another thing to keep in mind is the season or the weather while choosing the right oil. Here, in the North, we experience harsh winters, extreme dry summers, and humid rainy seasons. So, rather than sticking with a single oil, I preferred using different oils in different seasons. But that was 5 years back. Presently, I give massage to my soon to be 5-year-old son once or twice a month during the winter season preferably after the bath. And, occasionally during summers before the bath.
Nowadays, you can find oils that work perfectly fine in all the seasons & are suitable for all skin types. Also, there are many brands that offer 100% natural products which are another plus.
Note – Please avoid using mustard oil as it can cause irritation & olive oil can make skin extremely dry due to its high oleic acid content.
Here’s a list of 5 best baby massage oil that you may consider for your baby. I hope this list helps you to choose the best oil for your little one.
1 – Mother Sparsh Baby Massage Oil
Mother Sparsh baby massage oil is 100% ayurvedic, pure, non-toxic, and completely safe for the baby’s delicate skin. Its Ayurvedic formulation consists of a perfect blend of 18 herbs and essential oils. These are Almond, Coconut, Sesame, Avocado, Olive, Jojoba, Lavender, Orange, Wheat germ, Rosehip, Sunflower, Walnut, Shankhpushpi, Durva, Ashwagandha, Tagar, Tamalpatra, and Lajjalu.
This is how Mother Sparsh ayurvedic baby massage oil is prepared by the process of Decoction of herbs & oils.
These herbs and essential oils help in nourishing, relaxing, and strengthening the baby’s bones and muscles. This oil is suitable for all skin types and for use in any weather. But since it has natural ingredients, it can be allergic to some kids hence they recommend a patch test.
With every massage, Mother Sparsh ensures that the baby gets the right amount of minerals, vitamins, and essential antioxidants.
- Almond Oil has antifungal properties that are highly useful in skin development.
- Coconut Oil acts as a natural skin moisturizer & improves the texture of a baby’s dry skin.
- Sesame Oil nourishes the dry & damaged skin, also detoxifies the dry skin.
- Avocado Oil with the richness of Vitamin E nourishes the skin & enhances wound healing.
Mother Sparsh oil is pure & gentle and gets easily absorbed into the baby’s skin. Also, its fragrance is not too strong so it will not irritate your baby’s nose too. It is one of the best massage oils for babies with all the wonderful qualities.
MRP – 399/- (100 ml)
2 – Himalaya Baby
Himalaya baby massage oil is infused with Olive oil & Winter cherry. While olive oil is known to nourish, protect, and soften baby’s skin, winter cherry is known for rejuvenating and skin-conditioning properties. It also helps soothe and condition the skin.
Benefits of Himalaya Baby Massage Oil:
- It is a vegetable-based massage oil
- It moisturizes and softens the baby’s skin
- This oil is free from mineral oil and lanolin
I used Himalaya massage oil for my son when he was a toddler. Since it is light & non-sticky, it worked well during summers. But it didn’t moisturize well during the cold season so I had to switch to Mamaearth.
MRP – 100/- (100 ml)
3 – Mamaearth Soothing Massage Oil
Mamaearth soothing massage oil is made with 100% natural ingredients. It is dermatologically tested hence suitable for baby’s sensitive skin. Mamaearth products are MadeSafe certified which means they contain no harmful chemicals, toxins, mineral oils, or parabens.
The main ingredients are Sesame oil, Almond oil, Coconut oil & Jojoba oil. Almond oil moisturizes as well as repairs the dry skin. Jojoba oil nourishes & makes skin soft while keeping sun damage away. It is suitable for all skin types and in all seasons. I liked using Mamaearth massage oil in winters since it kept my son’s skin moisturized for the whole day. But I had to discontinue it in the summers since it’s a dense oil & felt too heavy on the skin resulting in prickly heat.
I was looking for a single oil that can be used in all seasons without any worry.
MRP – 399/- (200 ml)
4 – Dabur Baby
Dabur Lal Tail has been ruling the baby massage oil market for many years. My mother has used it for me and she recommended that I try it for my son as well. She claimed it to be the best massage oil for babies.
I did use it but found it a little dense and greasy & only suitable for use during the winter season. This is also an ayurvedic oil with key ingredients such as Sesame oil, Ratanjyot, Shankhpushpi, Camphor & Urad. MRP – 360/- (500 ml)
If I compare Dabur & Mother Sparsh Ayurvedic baby massage oil then definitely the Mother Sparsh oil is much better as per my experience. It is much lighter in consistency and gets absorbed easily by the skin. Also, its ayurvedic formulation consists of 18 herbs and essential oils.
Dabur has recently launched its new Baby care range. The new Dabur baby oil is enriched with baby-loving ayurvedic herbs, olives, almonds & jojoba. MRP – 225/- (200 ml)
5 – Maate Baby Body Massage Oil
Maate is a premium Indian baby care brand. Their massage oil is enriched with nature’s best herbs, premium oils & plant extracts. It has powerful properties that increase your baby’s bone density and strength. It also enhances bone mineralization by increasing the calcium content in the bones.
This oil is suitable for all skin types and good to use in both the summer and winter seasons.
I discovered this brand recently and have yet not tried any of their products because of their high price range.
MRP – 1450/- (150 ml)
These are the 5 best massage oil for babies from Indian brands which I would like to recommend to my readers.
Massaging is very important for kids. Specially for babies, it’s a perfect bonding time. I haven’t used any of the brands that you have mentioned as they are not available here except Mamaearth but since I used coconut oil so never tried other.
I mostly massaged my kids with sarson ka tel and Dabur lal tel. It’s great to see so many good and natural massage oil options available now. Good list.
I had used figaro olive oil for massging my girls and have a good experience with it. with recent time brand, I had felt that Mother sparsh is one of the best massge oil. my sister in law has used it and had a great experience with it.
That’s wonderful, Surbhi
All these products are really good and this post will be really helpful for all the newbie mommies so thanks a lot for sharing as massage is integral part of child’s growth.
Had never heard of the Maate brand of oil however I have been reading a lot about Sparsh oil these days. I will surely check it out for my little one. Thank you for this review.
Massaging is still one of the favorite bonding time with my kid. We have relied on sesame seeds oil and mustard during intial years. Much later shifted or tried few brands mentioned in the list. Thanks for sharing such detailed review.
Sparsh massage oil has been a favorite of our family. It is truly such a great way to bond with your baby during massage sessions
Kids skin is delicate and needs more care but yes, we need to be aware of ingrediants!! Thanks for sharing all these.
we have only used johnsons and himalaya. these are pretty new i guess except the lal one right? I havent heard of this maate oil before.
I only use cold pressed olive oil for massaging as it is not irritating to the baby’s skin.Mother Sparsh too seems to be quite gentle and nourishing .
Such an exhaustive article Neha. It’s a pleasure reading this piece. Like you I too vouch for baby massages and prefer Mother Sparsh.
Massaging builds an emotion with the baby too. And if done in right manner then it is beneficial in many ways. You have curated the list in very detail manner.
I absolutely agree with this list if best massage oils for children. In fact, I myself have written one such post and complied my top 5 oils. Mother Sparsh is our favorite too, along with Dabur Lal Tail.
Massaging baby is a great bonding activity for mom and baby. Mothersparsh has great products.
That is a great compilation Neha. You have covered some of the best brands available. I have immense love for mamaearth massage oil. I really like it’s fragrance and it’s consistency. This would help parents make an informed choice.
Massaging is very important for kids .I really liked this curated list of oils you have recommend .It was nice reading this post .
I remember I used to give my son massage so religiously when he was an infant. It surely helps a lot to the development of baby and good sleep as well. I used to choose only natural oils for the same.
Regular massages are great for blood circulation at all ages, and especially the young ones. helpful post with good options for oils.
You girls are spoilt for choce 🙂 in our time we had no voices..there was onlyJohnson or else regular ghee. Mother sparsh seems to be a huge favourite as I have seen.
Massaging is a very important process for babies to make their muscles grow properly. I use Mothersparsh baby massage oil for my son.
I have used many brands but Mothersparsh baby body oil is the best so far. It is purely organic with no chemicals at all.
Thank you. Veru usefu l. Will pass on this information to pregnant moms in my emailing list. Also, would be helpful if you could do a post on Do’s andDont’s of Baby Massage.
Well researched post. Mamaearth and Dabur are my favorite