When your mother first told you to massage your baby everyday for the initial years, you must have thought that massaging would be a great way to bond with your child, improve skin and help relax. But did you know that massaging with the right oil can help boost growth and improve bone strength in your little one?
Are there any studies to prove this?
Some research has linked massaging with growth and development of babies. Studies have also shown that regular massaging with oil can assist in formation of healthy bones, improve bone density and promote joint health. It also enhances passive movement and hardens the bone structure, making massaging especially critical during infancy.
Young babies’ bones are growing and hardening. In the initial 6 months, she will be able to get a better control over head and soon start sitting up and crawling. You can assist in your baby’s bone strengthening and improve physical development and lateral movement, by using certain massage strokes and techniques. Read more in the massage guide, here.
Gentle massage strokes offer an opportunity to your baby’s bone to resist, rendering them stronger. The massaging action is also considered to generate heat and improve blood circulation. When done with the right oil, your baby gets an added advantage.
Wondering how to start massaging your baby?
The strengthening massage can be started as early as 3 months. As your older generation will tell you, the best time for a oil based massage in generally before a bath, when your baby is in cheerful mood. Start to gently massage the stomach, back, legs and hands along with the head. The soothing massaging will relax the body and moisturize the skin.
Let your happy baby play for sometime, while you prepare the bath. This will allow for some time for the oil to get soaked in the skin. Wash and clean your baby with some lukewarm water and a gentle soap. Dress and feed your baby and enjoy some peace time while she naps. You can practice this routine daily or atleast 3-4 times every week.
Ok, so how do I choose the best oil for baby massage?
However, choosing the right oil is not as easy as understanding the benefits of massaging for your little one. Market today is loaded with baby products, that make false advertisements and tall claims while still using chemicals, preservatives, colors and fragrance.
Always look for massage oil that contains natural ingredients, without parabens and petroleum jelly. Virgin oils are considered to be the purest form of the oil, retaining antioxidants that processing often kills. Virgin oil based oil, especially coconut oil provides other benefits for skin, hair and more, due of its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Around since ages, Ayurvedic oils are one of the best oils for infant skin using tested and proven ingredients and formulas. They have the goodness of nature with safe ingredients that provide nourishment to the babies’ skin, and improve emotional and physical health of your baby.
I would personally recommend the Dasapushpam baby oil for its efficacy and use of all natural ingredients. Based on the tenets of Ayurveda, it expertly combines essence of ten sacred flowers along with virgin coconut oil to promote health of your child gently.
As a parent, we do not want to test something harsh, unreliable and synthetic on our child’s delicate skin, that is prone to infections and hamper her growth and development. I will give Nature's Veda Dasapushpam baby oil a big thumbs up!