We always wanted to provide what’s best to our babies and we don’t settle to what we think is right and even what we think is best for them. Most of us would even spend more time and resources just to ensure that our babies get what they need and are absolutely safe. However, there are instances that what we think are good for them doesn’t seem to be right, so learning these things might be of great help for you and your babies.
One of the best way to take good care of our brood is pampering them with baby oil to keep them possess a smooth, soft and healthy skin. However, remember that not all types of oil available in the market today are really useful and safe to your babies. So which of them are safe?
Beneficial Oils for Babies
Lavender oil has many calming and sedative effects. A lavender oil massage can help to relax a fussy baby and encourage sleep.
A study proves that Lavender can also be used on insect bites and reduces itchiness, which is absolutely needed for babies.
Distilled lemon Oil
Distilled lemon oil surprisingly helps boost energy and mood. Best to massage oils on babies just right after bed time.
Eucalyptus is a natural expectorant that can help clear respiratory congestion. You can make use of it during winter season or in times where your babies may suffer upper respiratory tract infection.
Chamomile oil are gentle essential oil that can be beneficial for babies who have trouble sleeping.
Chamomile has natural soothing effects and is usually used to treat insomnia in babies. This oil has also been shown to help anxiety and depression, and can uplift a fussy baby’s spirits.
- Tea tree
Tea tree is a natural disinfectant. It’s proven and tested in laboratories to contain antimicrobial and antifungal elements. Adding a few drops of tea tree oil to an unscented oil can help treat diaper rash and fungal infections.
Precaution: Tea tree is a stronger oil which may be harsh on babies skin. Must be avoided on babies under 6 months old.
These are the baby oils that are best for our babies, but how to apply them safely to our precious one?
Essential oils are extremely potent and must be diluted with a carrier oil or cream when used on the skin, especially for babies.
According to National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), for babies older than 3 months a safe dilution ratio of .5 to 1 percent should be followed.
In fact, since babies have more sensitive skin than adults, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians notes that essential oils should not be used at all on infants under 3 months old.
Thus, even when diluted, essential oils may cause skin irritation and sun sensitivity. So it’s suggested that a patch test (sometimes called a “spot test”) be performed on the skin, with each new oil introduced. You may also try these ways to pamper your babies with these essential oils:
A Pampering Massage
Babies do have preferences on their own, hence we can do the following steps as a good starting point:
- Warm a small amount of the diluted oil by rubbing it between your hands.
- Gently rub the oil into the baby’s skin, starting on their legs. Use just enough pressure to move the skin gently.
- To massage the baby’s chest and belly, spread your hands out towards the sides of the baby as if flattening the pages of a book. Use your fingers to make small circles.
A Relieving Bath
A few drops of chamomile or lavender oil in the water during bath time can help to soothe and calm baby. This will allow our babies to sleep well during bedtime, which is a good thing for you and your babies.