Oils

Choosing a massage oil involves many considerations including:

  • cultural preference
  • family tradition
  • availability
  • cost

Cold Pressed Oil and Unscented Vegetable Oils

Generally we recommend cold pressed, unscented fruit and vegetable oils such as grapeseed, safflower, sunflower or olive oil because:

  • They are non-toxic and safe if ingested
  • They can contain beneficial nutrients, such as vitamin E, which are good for the skin
  • They contain ingredients that help prevent rancidity
  • These oils are less slippery when applied, so it’s safer to handle your baby after application
  • They have no added scent, so infants can still enjoy their parents’ natural smell

Learn more by attending a class with a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM).