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Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

  • Each term requires a minimum number of bookings to proceed.  Should the minimum number not be met you will be offered an alternative venue in the first instance.  Should the offer of an alternative venue not work for you, I will offer a full refund of all monies received minus any discount applied upon booking.

  • Under circumstances that I have to cancel any sessions throughout the term, the cancelled sessions will be rescheduled to a mutually convenient date.

  • No refunds will be issued for non attendance under any circumstances.

  • Coronavirus secure measures will be in place at all venues and no liability will be accepted for any illness related to the contracting of coronavirus.

  • As far as I am aware, I have disclosed to my yoga/massage teacher all information regarding my health and that of my child's health relevant to the practice of yoga and massage on my child.

  • I agree to inform my teacher of any changes to the provided information at the beginning of any class.

  • I take full responsibility for all applications of yoga/massage I may practice outside of the Birth Baby You classes both now and in the future.

  • I accept that Birth Baby You does not take responsibility for any applications of yoga/massage practices described or show in books and videos.

  • I fully understand that the recommendations, ideas and techniques expressed and described in Birth Baby You classes, as well as in books and videos endorsed by Birth Baby You, cannot be regarded as a substitute for the advice of qualified medical practitioners.

  • Any uses to which the recommendations, ideas and techniques are put are at my sole discretion and risk. 

 
Nursing Newborn

Oils For Baby Massage

Birth Baby You

At Birth Baby You we respect parents' informed choice around choice of massage oil.  The choice of oil may be influenced by cultural preference and skin type.  Here are some general recommendations based on evidence based research.

A baby's skin is soft and delicate.  The skin is a living, breathing organ, so any oils used for baby massage must be proven to be safe and of the highest grade.

Baby massage oil is a lubricant, allowing your hands to glide over the skin without dragging or friction.  This may include cream/ointment/lotion which your GP has prescribed for a skin condition.

We prefer to use vegetable oils (also referred to as fixed, base, edible or plant oils); these will be absorbed by your baby's skin.  They contain vitamins and nutrients which will help nourish your baby's skin.  

We avoid mineral oils because they are inedible and they leave a greasy layer on babies' skin.  We avoid essential oils because they can mask rancid oil and hinder the hormonal connection between mother and child.

Vegetable oil can 'go off'.  If you notice a smell please discard the oil.  Olive oil should be avoided due to its high oleic acid content potentially damaging baby's skin barrier.  Following recent research on sunflower oil, we suggest avoiding its use on the skin of babies younger than 4 weeks old.  (Cooke et al 2016).

We do recommend unscented vegetable oil, if possible cold-pressed organic source.  At Birth Baby You we believe parents are the experts in their baby's skin care, and they choose the oil they want following accessing the information.

For babies less than one month old we suggest gentle dry massage or still touch without oil.

The following oils have been used traditionally for baby massage and as yet there is no research indicating any adverse effect on infants' skin structure from their use:  coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil (does not go off and has no smell), rapeseed, grape seed, sesame, sweet almond, safflower, avocado, sunflower (for babies over 4 weeks).

The safest and healthiest infant massage oils indicated by research findings to date:  grape seed oil, organic virgin coconut oil.

When trying a different oil on your baby always do a test patch.