How massage helps my baby’s skin
Aside from the moisturisation, a daily massage also has many other benefits for your little one. I have observed the following main benefits with my baby:
• Relieves tummy troubles
• Great way to bond with your baby
• Improves digestion and blood circulation
• Helps in sound sleep
• Helps to calm down a cranky and fussy baby
Some people believe that you should stop giving a massage to your little one during winters. But it’s not true at all, at least in my experience. Babies actually need an additional layer of moisturizer to keep their skin hydrated in the winter, and what better way to do this than through a massage? We just need to adapt our skincare to winter by following some extra precautions and switching to more complete moisturisation.
A few months back, I came across the Baby Dove range of products that has been launched for the first time in India. The range includes a complete set of gentle and moisturising skincare products for babies – soap, lotion, baby wipes and diaper rash cream. I am glad that we mothers now have a trustable solution to cleanse and moisturise our babies’ skin, particularly in this harsh and extreme winter weather.
Best time to give the massage
Opinions differ on this one, with some people advocating morning as the best time, while others recommend evening. As a mom, I have seen that the best time to massage is when your child is awake and calm. Your baby shouldn’t be too hungry or too full at the time of massage. It is also a good idea to massage your baby for few minutes before bath-time as this provides more protection to your baby’s tender skin. You can also do the massage before bedtime to help your baby sleep better.
How to make massage and bath a part of the daily routine
In winters, I avoid giving long baths to my baby. A quick bath with lukewarm water using a gentle and nourishing soap like Baby Dove Rich Moisture Bar is more than enough. The ¼ moisturising cream content of this soap makes it not just a mild but also a nourishing option for my baby. If you live in extremely chilly conditions, you can skip giving daily baths and choose to wipe your child’s skin with wet wipes instead. That said, a bath helps keep your baby clean and fresh and also encourages better sleep. So, I’d suggest making bath-time part of your baby’s everyday routine whenever possible. Most babies have a great time playing in the water too!
Which oil or lotion to use for massage
Traditionally, moms have used almond oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil or mustard oil for massaging their baby. During summers, I like to use coconut oil for massage because of its cooling properties. In winters, I use mustard oil because of its warm properties. I also like to gently rub moisturizing lotion onto my baby’s skin, especially to lock in the moisture after bathing him. The Baby Dove Rich Moisture Lotion helps moisturise your baby’s skin for up to 24 hours, which means it maintains suppleness through the day. It also makes my baby smell fresh and nice the entire day.
One thing I have learnt is that whether you use oil or lotion, it is always better to test it first. This patch test should be done the day before you start massaging by dabbing a little amount on the back of your baby’s palm. If you see any rashes or redness then it is better to avoid using that oil or cream. I feel at peace while using Baby Dove as its products are hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested to suit all baby-skin types.
Giving my baby a daily massage has been my go-to mantra to keep him healthy. It has also helped us bond and both of us really enjoy the bath and massage time of the day. I would recommend this skincare routine to every mother out there looking to keep her baby’s skin soft, fresh and healthy.
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