Baby Massage Oil: What Oil Should I Use to Massage my Baby?

One of the most commonly asked questions during baby massage classes is "what oil should I use to massage my baby?"

Most Certified Infant Massage Instructors (CIMI's) recommend a cold pressed, organic vegetable oil. A baby massage oil should be edible, but not all edible oils are suitable for infant massage.

Olive oil is not recommended as it is a very viscous oil, and very slippery too!

Some suitable oils include cold pressed sesame oil, apricot kernel oil and coconut oil. In recent years, coconut oil has become very popular. A randomised control study conducted in 2004 (Sankaranarayanan et al) found that baby massage using coconut oil on well newborns resulted in better weight gain, as well as improved skin barrier function.

Remember too, that if you are massaging your baby with any type of oil, that massaging them on the floor is the safest place for massage. Babies prefer to be massaged during playtime when they are in a quiet alert state. Massaging them just before a bath may make them too slippery, so it is safest to massage your baby separately to bath time.

About the Author:

Marney Merritt is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Registered Nurse, Midwife and Child Health Nurse. As Founder of Rockabye Baby Massage she offers new parents a series of home visits to guide them through Infant Massage techniques, and the skills to pick up their baby's cues, promote their baby's development and bond with their baby through positive touch. Marney services most suburbs on the Northside of Brisbane.

  • Paternity and Partner Leave

    Since early 2011, Australia has had a Paid Parental Leave scheme. This allows eligible working parents to get paid for up to 18 weeks when they take time off work to care for a new baby or recently adopted child.

  • Driving and Seatbelt Safety During Pregnancy

    Driving during pregnancy can present a unique set of risks - it pays to be as informed as possible about the facts.

    Currently in Australia, there is no recommendation for pregnant women to stop driving. And it’s not illegal in any Australian State or Territory to drive during pregnancy.  The same road rules apply to all drivers, pregnant or otherwise. But pregnancy itself is not a reason to stop driving.

  • Is it Really Safe to Exercise in Pregnancy?

    Our understanding of exercise in pregnancy + postpartum has come a long way in the recent years, and we are much more likely to treat the “normal” pregnancy as a normal physiological process – not a disability.

  • Postpartum Exercise: How to Return Safely after Pregnancy and Childbirth

    Exercise in the postpartum period is helpful to regain your shape, increase your energy levels, lift your mood and give you the strength required for your new job of mothering. 

    Your new role will involve a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing, getting up from chairs and the floor, and holding for feeding. 

  • Recovering from Pregnancy and Birth

    After the birth of your baby there is a period of healing and physical adjustment from the effects of pregnancy as well as from your labour or delivery. 

    During pregnancy, there is increased pressure on the pelvic floor from your growing baby, placenta and extra fluid.

Where are you in your journey?

All journeys are unique and exciting, so we have matched our courses to your current stage of pregnancy or parenting. Simply select where you're up to below.

>