It is well known that babies have the smoothest and most delicate skin, which requires special care to keep it healthy. As it is still developing and has not fully formed its protective properties yet, it can be prone to redness and irritation and sensitive to different ingredients such as alcohol, parabens, detergents, mineral oils, sulphates. Scientists believe that 60 per cent of creams applied topically are ingested into our bodies, so it makes sense to think twice about what we are putting on to baby’s body.
Which baby massage oil is best
All Naturals Pure Baby Massage Oil. A gentle start to life for most delicate skin, just as nature intended. Our baby Oil keeps skin silky soft and smooth by preventing and preventing moisture loss, protecting the skin from drying out, irritation, rashes, and even conditions like eczema.
Benefits of Baby Massage
Research has shown that babies who are regularly massage feed and sleep better than those who are not, and colic and constipation are reduced.
Massage can help to aid relaxation and reduce stress for both the parent and the baby. When you massage your baby, the baby’s body produces hormones called prolactin and oxytocin which are known as “the feel-good hormones“. They help to balance the levels of stress hormones in the body and help to lower blood pressure, heart rate, improve appetite, etc. Baby massage also benefits parents as when you massage your baby you also produce prolactin and oxytocin which helps you to relax too.
Infant massage also encourages and supports the development of the baby’s nervous system and digestive system, which are immature at birth and which are often the cause of discomfort and fussiness for newborn babies. Massage also helps to tone babies’ muscles, helping to encourage movement and flexibility, relieve teething pain and ease colds and congestion. A daily massage can also help to increase the baby’s stimulation threshold, helping to make her/him better able to cope with stimulating environments and better able to process information.
Baby Massage can also help to:
- Induce deeper and longer sleep
- Encourage bonding between parent/carer and baby
- Stimulate and strengthen the baby’s immune system
- Increase the production of endorphins, which helps to reduce pain and tension
- Improve sensory awareness and teach babies about their body
- Enhance communication (parents talk and sing to their baby during the massage)
- Massage has lots of benefits for parents and carers too. As well as helping parents to relax, it develops their confidence in handling their baby and helps to increase their awareness of their baby’s body as well as being able to read and understand their baby’s cues and non-verbal signs. It also benefits breastfeeding mums by enhancing the secretion of prolactin, which is essential for milk production.
- Baby massage has also been found to help mothers suffering from postnatal depression. The Foetal and Neonatal Stress Research Group at Imperial College London carried out a study to find out whether attending a programme of baby massage classes would be beneficial for mothers with postnatal depression. A group that attended five massage classes was compared with a similar group that attended a support group. At the end of the test period, the massage group had significantly less depression and very significantly better interaction with their babies than the control group. This was the first time that a method had been found for improving the relationship between a depressed mother and her baby.
- Baby massage is also a good way to enhance bonding between dads and their babies; dads can sometimes feel a bit left out of things when a new baby arrives, or they might feel that they are not doing enough to help their partner with the new arrival, especially if mum is breastfeeding. Research carried out at the Touch Research Institute in Miami in 2000 found that dads who massaged their babies for 15 minutes prior to their daily bedtime for one month were more expressive and showed more enjoyment and warmth during floor-play interactions with their babies.