Baby oil is meant to hydrate and moisturize your baby’s skin. Hence it becomes a near necessity to use baby oil after bathing your baby. Most baby oils leave a light greasy feeling on the skin before it is fully absorbed. Newer baby oils are made to absorb quickly into your baby’s skin, leaving no residue behind, similar to baby lotion.
Generally babies don’t need baby oil as their skin has the right amount of oil to keep them hydrated. Sometimes applying too much baby oil could clog your baby’s pores leading to irritations and pimples. When using baby oil, use sparingly, especially with heavier oils.
When to apply
The best time to apply baby oil is fresh out of the bath while your skin is still damp.
Types of baby oil
- Baby oil is available in cream form, in either pour or spray bottles
- Baby oil in spray bottles tend to be lighter than the oil in bottles. Pouring a cap full into a warm bath can also help moisturize dry patches and eczema. A sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil-based baby oil stays on the skin’s surface longer allowing you to easily massage without tugging or pulling your baby’s skin.
- Organic Aloe Vera, with its natural moisturizing and soothing properties, and jojoba which helps to maintain the smoothness and softness of the skin, together with lemon scented tea-tree, lavender and sunflower and sesame oils
- Apart from the above, you could use oil of apricot and herbs to massage your baby You could use your bare hands to massage your baby using the bay oil by letting the hands slide over the baby’s body in a rhythmic and systematic manner. It is best not to use fast-absorbing mineral oil-based baby oil for massage, as it absorbs too quickly into the skin.
A few products available online which sell baby oils in the market are:
- Giggle Baby Baby Bath
- Weleda Baby Calendula Bath