While winters give much-needed respite from the heat and humidity, it comes with its own set of challenges. Especially when you have a little one to protect from it. The baby and her delicate skin needs protection from the chilly winds that can rob her skin off its natural moisture and plumpness.
While caring for their babies during the winter, one of the many things that bothers every mom is,
Should I massage my baby in the winter?
Yes, of course, isn’t it the best way to keep your baby warm and nourished?
Massaging your baby has more benefits than one. No wonder, it is deeply imbibed in traditional Indian style of nurturing the babies. A nicely done massage improves the baby’s blood circulation, builds her immunity, improves digestion and keeps her warm. Added to these advantages is the benefit of using a good-quality, natural oil that provides essential nutrients and moisture for the baby’s skin.
Massaging the baby in winters is all the more essential as their skin tends to get dry and chapped due to the constant switching between cold, cry outdoor air and overheated indoor air. Massaging your baby with natural oil will restore all the lost moisture, replenishing your baby’s soft skin from within.
However, as opposed to the warm weather, there are some factors you need to consider while massaging your baby in winters –
- When you undress your baby for massaging, ensure that the room is warm and cozy.
- Warm your hands by rubbing them against each other so the baby doesn’t feel cold when you touch her.
- You can warm the oil if you want. But it should not be hot, just at a comfortable temperature for body massage. Test the temperature by touching it with your elbow or the inside or your wrist.
- Make sure to use the oil on a patch of skin to ensure that the baby is not allergic to it.
- Massage the baby using gentle and firm strokes. Think of it as a bonding exercise with the baby. Your loving strokes will make the baby feel secure and pampered by you.
- Be sure to not massage on the areas with rashes and other breakouts.
- After the baby’s body, you can massage her head using a nice baby hair oil of your choice.
Which oils should I use for baby’s massage?
When shopping for your baby’s massage oil, look for terms like paraben-free, hypoallergic, organic, and natural. This ensures that the product is free of mineral oils, synthetics and toxic chemicals, that are extremely harmful for the baby and might trigger allergic reactions.
The oils that you use for massaging the baby in summers might not be suitable for winters. Here’re some great picks for baby massage in winters –
Coconut oil is great for baby massage during winter months as it is light in texture and easily absorbed into the skin. Due to its anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, it helps soothe babies suffering from skin conditions like Eczema by providing comfort from itching and inflammation.
Some Indian women prefer age-old practices of using clarified butter(ghee) or mustard oil for baby massage in winters, as they retain body warmth and provide nourishment to the baby’s body. Check for allergies associated with mustard oil massage before application.
For massaging your newborn, Almond oil is also a great pick. Enriched with Vitamins A and E, the oil will keep your baby warm and protect her from dry skin conditions in the cold climate. Make sure to pick unscented almond oil to avoid toxins contained by the perfumed ones.
Some women use olive oil for massaging babies during the winters. It has several benefits for the baby’s skin and induces a good night’s sleep. You can mix Olive oil to other oils like mustard oil for enhanced properties. Avoid Olive oil if the baby has a skin condition.
You can also use oils like Sesame, Jojoba and Avocado oil that are excellent for baby massage in winters. Add in a few drops of essential oils like Chamomile that has great soothing properties for babies with sensitive or rash-prone skin.
You could also pick a baby massage oil that is a concoction of the above oils so that your baby’s skin gets that extra nourishment that it needs during the chilly weather.
It’s great to give your baby a hearty body massage in winters. Moreover, the massage regime will also be a great bonding & exercising session for you! Every baby’s skin could be different, so select oil or combination of oils that suit your baby’s skin conditions and are natural, toxin-free and safe for use.