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Using jojoba oil for baby massage

Date Posted:29 March 2021 

Jojoba oil is a liquid wax ester from the jojoba plant that shares a similar molecular makeup to our own skin. Meaning, it’s a safe, gentle, and effective oil for using on your baby’s skin and during baby massage time.

What is jojoba oil?

Jojoba oil is a natural plant oil derived from the seeds of the jojoba shrub. Despite its name, jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax ester, which means it shares a similar makeup to our skin’s natural oils. Pure Jojoba oil is a yellow, golden colour and has a light texture.

Can I use jojoba oil on my baby?

If you’re looking for a baby massage oil, you might be wondering is jojoba oil safe for babies. In short, yes. Jojoba oil is naturally gentle and non-irritating. And because it matches our skin’s natural oils, it’s perfectly safe for delicate baby skin. That said, you can always do a small patch test on the inside of your baby’s elbow and wait 48 hours to ensure they have no reactions.


Is jojoba oil good for baby skin?

This one’s also a yes. Jojoba oil is naturally high in Vitamins A, D and E, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Meaning, it not only nourishes your baby’s skin, but it can also help with a range of skin concerns like eczema and nappy rash. 


Jojoba oil for baby

There are many ways you can use jojoba oil for baby massage, washing or bonding time.

  1. Moisturising the skin

Jojoba oil is a great moisturiser for delicate baby skin. As it is so rich in ceramides, jojoba oil will strengthen your baby’s skin barrier and keep it hydrated for longer.

  1. Reducing sin inflammation

Jojoba oil has strong antibacterial properties while remaining gentle and sensitive-skin-safe. Meaning it’s great to use on any small cuts, sores, and minor bumps to promote skin healing and reduce any chances of infection. 

  1. Treating skin conditions

Jojoba oil is a miracle worker when it comes to healing skin conditions. Because it shares a similar molecular structure to our body’s natural sebum/oil, it can penetrate the skin’s layers and work at a deep level. Jojoba oil is a natural remedy and cure for baby eczema, baby psoriasis and cradle cap.

  1. Strengthening the hair

A baby’s scalp is prone to breakage and dryness. Jojoba oil can nourish your baby’s fine hair and delicate scalp to promote hair growth and achieve a smoother, non-irritated scalp.

  1. Treating cradle cap & dry scalp

If your baby suffers from cradle cap, then jojoba oil can help. Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic and can be used to dissolve the dry, flaky patches caused by cradle cap. The deep hydration from the oil will also prevent further irritation and dryness.


  1. Newborn acne treatment

Some babies experience acne in their early months of life. Jojoba oil is an effective, natural treatment for this acne. Simple combine it with some natural lavender oil and apply it to the affected areas on your baby’s skin. Jojoba oil will penetrate your baby’s skin and help rebalance their body’s natural oil production to prevent further acne.


Baby massage: what oil to use

Baby massage involves using your hands to stroke your baby’s body in gentle, rhythmic strokes. The best places to massage are the baby’s chest, tummy, arms, legs and head. Using an oil will help the massage go smoother and will provide extra nourishment to your baby’s skin. Jojoba oil is easily absorbed into the body, making it perfect for baby massages. Using jojoba oil for massage will also help improve your baby’s skin texture and overall health. When looking for a massage oil, avoid using regular (adult) lotions or unsuitable oils like mustard oil, aqueous cream, and unrefined peanut oil as these can cause adverse reactions.  


Baby massage benefits

Baby massages are great for bonding, as they aid in the release of the happy hormone (oxytocin) in both you and your baby. Massaging your baby will also help relax them, promote good blood circulation, and regulate their breathing and digestion.


Baby massage tips

The first thing to consider before performing a baby massage is the state and mood of your baby. Ideally, your baby should not be tired, unwell, or hungry. You can perform baby massages at any time of the day but it’s great for helping get your baby into the bathing, feeding, and sleeping routine. Whatever time of day you pick, just try to stick to it, as babies enjoy and benefit from consistent routines.

It’s important to pick a calm and relaxed setting to perform the massage. Both you and your baby should be comfortable. You may wish to place your baby on a soft towel or blanket and ensure the room is neither too hot nor cold. You may wish to play some relaxing music, hum, or sing to your baby throughout the massage. It’s entirely up to you!

Alternatives to Jojoba Oil

You might want to try various massage oils to see which works best for you and your baby. We always recommend natural, plant-based, and organic baby oils. The Little Innoscents Organic Spearmint & Orange oil is great for a daytime baby massage, while this Nature's Child Baby Massage Oil With Lavender is perfect for night time. If you prefer a plastic-free product then try the Ethique Solid Massage love Baby Bar.



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