Baby and toddlers massage oil: Which is best and How to choose

Choosing the right kind of baby oil is really difficult as brands are pouring in from one side and on the other side blindly following traditions makes a difficult choice what is good for our baby.


Oils that are commonly used in India are:

1. Almond oil (badam tel)

  • Excellent oil compared to others
  • Contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats
  • It moisturizes well and good for baby’s skin
  • It is light can be used on sensitive eczematous skin
  • Can be used in both summer and winter
  • It is really expensive
  • Since almonds cause allergy in some people, as it is a nut. It is better to do a skin test before use


2. Coconut oil

  • Used in summers as it has a cooling Effect
  • Studies have shown that more weight gain using coconut oil compared to mineral oil( transcutaneous absoption-increase vagal activity-weight gain)
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and a good moisture
  • Rich in saturated fat and also contain vit E


3. Sesame oil (TIl oil)

  • Rich in vit E (anti-oxidant), vit K, copper, manganese, calcium, zinc and magnesium
  • Used in summers so cooling effect
  • Has got many benefits like increase bone density, nourish damaged skin, heels dry skin etc
  • Commonly used by many parents especially in summers because of its nourishing property


4. Mustard oil (sarson ka tel)

  • Used in winters as it warms the body
  • It can irritate skin so skin test before use


5. Lakshadi kera tailam

This oil by kottakal Arya vaidya was prescribed to my son by an ayurvedic doctor as he told it helps in growth and has many benefits. This is body massage oil and not to be used on hair as it contains turmeric. And there is a saying that turmeric shouldn’t be used on boys as it stops hair growth. Don’t know it’s applicable to babies. The base is coconut oil only with other ingredients. Ayurveda usually uses massage oil according to the body doshas or forces. So better consult a doctor before use. There is another oil Nalpamaradi which is also very good for baby’s skin and even adults


Points to note:

  • If you’re using vegetable oil, cold pressed, unrefined oils are best suited for massage.
  • And if your baby has sensitive dry or eczematous skin it’s better to avoid olive or sunflower oil which have high oleic which makes skin more dry. It is better to use high linoleic that is which contain more polyunsaturated fat.
  • The oils which are sold under brands contain mineral oil which is is obtained from crude petroleum via functional distillation. Gasoline and kerosene are removed from crude petroleum by using sulphuric acid, applying absorbents and washing with solvents and alkalis
  • Changing oil in between one season is not good for baby. If you want to change oil just decrease the quantity of oil that you use to apply and then after some days start using the new one.


Oils just make massaging easy with lots and lots of benefits. The importance lies in the massages and the parent bonding rather than the oil used. So make sure your little one is enjoying the physical and emotional development.


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