It is very common practice in India to massage (popularly called ‘Tel Malish’ in India) new born and babies with beneficial oils daily, hoping massage will help in building stronger bones, muscles, and a healthier life. It actually helps in the growth and overall development of baby bodies. Besides, it also helps baby get sound sleep and remain cheerful and fresh.
We will help you choose right one for baby’s massage. There are different types of baby massage oils available in the market. But it is advisable that you choose the branded baby oils only to massage your baby, however it is not absolutely right to go only by brand names. It is always better to consult your child specialist before banking on any of the below mentioned.
A quick look at the oils commonly used for massaging baby:
Easily available and comparatively cheaper than other oils, Coconut is the most used oil for baby massage in India. It is considered as the finest option and widely used in Southern India. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties which help to prevent skin infections.
Almond or Badam Tel as popularly known in India contains vitamin E in higher percentage as compared to coconut. Almond oil is most preferred by many for it ensures glowing and soft skin.
Mustard oil is used by many people in Eastern and Northern parts of India to massage their babies. It is popular during winters and is believed to be good for hair as well as it prevents skin infections.
Pure ghee is also used for massaging though not in very large scale. It protects from cold hence used especially during winters.
Mainly used in Western countries, it is now available in India too for massaging babies.
Start massaging your baby/toddler with the best massage oil for toddlers. Consult a doctor before using any of the massaging options to prevent any harm to the soft skin of your baby.