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The best baby massage oils

Section: Baby care

There are so many benefits to giving your baby a massage. Not only will a massage help to calm, soothe and relax your baby, they're also great for helping you bond with your baby. 

Although you don't need oil to give your baby a massage, the oil can really help keep your baby's skin soft and moisturised while helping you both to relax. It's just important to make sure you choose the right oil - just because an oil uses natural ingredients doesn't always mean it's suitable for sensitive baby skin. 

When it comes to using an oil to massage your baby, be sure to warm it up between your palms before gently starting to massage your baby to help make them feel as happy and comfortable as you can. 

Things to consider before buying a baby massage oil

The most important thing to think about when choosing a massage oil for your baby is how kind it'll be on your tots sensitive skin. Obviously all babies are different and their skin can react differently to different oils. 

While there are many brilliant and safe baby massage oils on the market to buy, you might want to try a more natural approach with an oil you'll probably find in your kitchen or around the house including coconut oil, petroleum jelly, shea butter and almond oil to name a few. 

There are however some oils that should NOT be used on your baby's skin for a massage including: 

  • Olive oil
  • Tea tree oil 
  • Mustard oil 
  • Peanut oil 
  • Avocado oil 
  • Essential oils - many of these are highly concentrated so aren't suitable for baby skin.

If you'd prefer to buy a massage oil specifically made for baby skin, we've rounded up some of the best for you to shop. 



Best baby massage oil

This coconut oil smells delicious and it's suitable for daily use on all skin types including sensitive skin. Using premium quality, raw virgin organic coconut oil that's specially selected for baby skincare to keep delicate skin soft and happy. 

One reviewer said: 'This is brilliant! I got this for my newborn baby’s acne and it has been fantastic. I wasn’t sure at first, but thought I’d give it a go as I was willing to try anything to clear his skin up. It doesn’t ‘cure’ the acne but certainly magically clears it up for the day- I needed to put it on twice a day to begin with, and his skin was clear and soft. Now he’s a bit older I use it for any little skin ailment (where he’s dribbled and it’s cold, and made his skin a bit red) and it clears it up almost instantly. If you’re not sure, just give it a try!! I’m so pleased I found it.'

We're huge fans of Child's Farm here at Mother&Baby, so we're obsessed with their coconut oil for babies. This light and luxurious organic formula is made to hydrate all baby skin types, leaving skin beautifully smooth, hydrated and irritation free.

One reviewer said: 'After having tried every product under the sun to shift my baby's cradle cap without success, I tried putting some of this oil on overnight and a bit during the day and his very stubborn cradle cap cleared up within days! So impressed, plus it’s very light, non-greasy and smells gorgeous.'

This baby massage oil uses a blend of chamomile, rose and lavender essential oils. Made with 100 per cent organic ingredients, the formula is vegan and made for sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. 

One reviewer said: 'This smells beautiful. I was given it for my baby and have now also bought this oil to give as a gift too. It's really relaxing for baby bedtime.'

You can't go wrong with a classic bottle of Johnson's baby oil and it's no surprise it's been trusted by mums for over 100 years. It's great for using if your baby's skin is on the dryer side as it's specially formulated to lock in 10x more moisture and protect your baby’s delicate skin from dryness.

One reviewer said: 'When my daughter was born, her skin was very dry and was peeling as well. I bought this product and applied it prior to and after bathing her. It was simply amazing. I saw results from the first use and by the end of her first week, her skin was wonderful, soft and not more peeling.'

Like to massage your baby at night to calm them down before bed? This baby massage oil from My Little Coco is enriched with nourishing organic coconut oil and delicately scented with soothing lavender, chamomile and vanilla to help them drift off peacefully and fall into a deep sleep. 

Using Ayurvedic Herbs like Organic Gheen, Coconut Oil, Shankhpushpi Oil, Almond Oil that are rich in Calcium, Vitamin A, C, D and E, it contains all the important ingredients to nourish your baby's skin and calm their mind. Suitable for all skin types, it's fast absorbing and mildly scented. 

One reviewer said: 'I liked the compact packaging, even if your kid manages to grab it from the shelf the oil won't spill. It just blends beautifully on baby's skin, and there is no need to apply any moisturizer if you are using this massage oil, it keeps your baby's skin well moisturized throughout the day. Also it smells divine, so there are many good attributes in this small bottle.'

The Burt's Bees baby oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and is made with apricot and grape seed oil to help relieve dry skin. You can use this as a massage oil or add a few drops to your baby's bath before massaging after you've got them out the bath. It's also paediatrician tested, safe, effective and non-irritating to nurture baby's delicate skin.

One reviewer said: 'Our baby girl was overdue by 11 days so when she finally arrived she was incredibly dry and flaky! We bathed her in week three and rubbed Burt's Bees Baby oil all over her and her dry skin started to ease. She’s seven weeks now and completely perfect but we now use this oil in our bedtime routine for a massage after her bath. It smells divine and soaks in wonderfully, not leaving her sticky or greasy. We swaddle her and come morning, she’s just as soft and sweet smelling as when we put her to bed.'

This budget oil is full of all the good stuff including vitamin E and cocoa butter. It's also free of any nasties including parabens and sulphates and it's also cruelty free. 

One reviewer said: 'Smells amazing! I use for myself as well as my baby because it just smells so good. Have to really rub and work it into the skin - if not it will just sit on your skin but that’s the same with most oils, highly recommend and will be buying again as it's so good and not that expensive.'

  • Author: Lorna White Lorna White
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Lorna is the digital executive and regular contributor for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website which specialises in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, she has now brought her expertise to the UK's #1 leading pregnancy and parenting magazine. Lorna specialises on a range of topics from potty training and nutrition, to everything and anything that will keep your tot occupied!

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