What is Baby Aromatherapy?

Diane Goettel

Baby aromatherapy is a kind of aromatherapy that is meant to help improve the wellness of babies. It is commonly used by parents who are interested in using alternative and natural remedies in their households. It is important to report any and all illnesses and health problems to the family pediatrician, but baby aromatherapy can help improve daily wellness and happiness. Some parents, for example, use lavender aromatherapy in their babies' rooms to help promote restfulness and peaceful sleep. A blend of orange oil and vanilla oil can also be used in a baby's play area to promote a happy mood.

Aromatherapy can be used to care for a baby's skin.
Aromatherapy can be used to care for a baby's skin.

There are a number of applications for baby aromatherapy. One of the most common comes in the form of bath products and skin care products for babies. There are a number of bath gels, creams, and lotions that can be used at night to promote a good night's sleep. These usually include lavender essential oil or a blend of essential oils that includes lavender.

Baby aromatherapy can help improve daily wellness and happiness.
Baby aromatherapy can help improve daily wellness and happiness.

There are also skin care products made with calendula oil, an essential oil that is extracted from pot marigold and known to help with a number of skin conditions, including diaper rash. When choosing skin care products and bath products for use in baby aromatherapy, be sure to choose products that have been formulated specifically for babies. Babies commonly have delicate skin that is prone to irritation.

There are a variety of bath gels, creams, and lotions that can promote a good night's sleep.
There are a variety of bath gels, creams, and lotions that can promote a good night's sleep.

Another way to incorporate baby aromatherapy into one's household is to use diffusers. There are a number of kinds of diffusers, but it is recommended to choose a flameless option for a household that includes children. There are essential oil diffusers that plug into standard electrical outlets. Another option is to purchase a room spray made with the desired essential oils and use that as needed. Another option is to make sachets scented with aromatherapy oils and store them with the baby's clothes and bed linens.

Baby bath products with aromatherapy oils should be formulated for sensitive skin.
Baby bath products with aromatherapy oils should be formulated for sensitive skin.

Some parents use baby aromatherapy as part of baby massage. This can be a very nurturing activity that helps parents to bond with their babies. Before participating in baby massage, take a class or do some research on the best practices and the best essential oils to use. Not only is it important not to put too much pressure on any part of a baby's body, but there are also some essential oils that can cause irritation when applied directly to the skin.

Aromatherapy oil.
Aromatherapy oil.
Some parents use baby aromatherapy as part of baby massage.
Some parents use baby aromatherapy as part of baby massage.

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