Updated: Jun 30
The use of oil for an infant is very essential. One of the common questions parents like to ask me is “ What kind of oil? Which brand? ” What type of oil depends on many factors, the sensitivity of your baby’s and your skin, cultural differences, family tradition, and your preferences.
Why oil is beneficial?
Contains good nutrition, e.g. vitamins and minerals;
Can be digestible by the body;
Nourishes baby’s skin.
Generally speaking, you should use vegetable or fruit oil.
Please use a high-quality (preferably organic), unscented, cold-pressed oil.
Cold-pressed oil is produced by mechanically pressing vegetables, fruits, seeds or nuts with low temperatures. Cold-pressed oils are way healthier than refined oils. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and oleic acid.
Coconut oil is very popular for Indian families; however, some American babies are allergic to coconut oil. Don’t forget to apply one or two drops on your baby’s hand to test, before you apply the oil on her full body.
How about Mineral Oils?
No, it is derived from petroleum. It is widely used in cosmetics products as it is known to moisturize and hydrate skin.
The ingredients in most commercial baby oil products are 98% mineral oil and 2% fragrance.
How about Synthetic oils?
No, it is produced in the laboratory.
Mineral oils and Synthetic oils have no nutritional value. Most of them have an added scent which may cause sensitivity.
I don’t recommend using essential oils for an infant baby, either.
Now, I hope you knew how to pick up the right oil for your baby.