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Ayurvedic Tips for Healthy Babies

Written by Archana Munot, Ayurvedic Consultant & Practitioner, Maharishi Ayurveda Europe

Welcoming a new baby into the world is a joyous occasion, and ensuring their health and well-being is a top priority for parents. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, offers gentle and natural approaches to promote the health and development of infants. Here are some Ayurvedic tips for raising a healthy baby:


1. Breastfeeding: Breast milk is considered the best source of nutrition for infants according to Ayurveda. It provides essential nutrients, antibodies, and enzymes that support the baby's immune system and digestive health. Aim to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, and continue breastfeeding alongside complementary foods for up to two years or longer.


2. Gentle Massage: Daily oil massage, or abhyanga, is a traditional Ayurvedic practice for babies that promotes bonding between parent and child while nourishing the baby's skin and supporting healthy growth. Use warm, natural oils such as sesame or coconut oil and massage the baby's body with gentle, circular motions.


3. Warmth and Comfort: Keep your baby warm and comfortable by dressing them in soft, breathable clothing and swaddling them in lightweight blankets. Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of maintaining a warm and cozy environment for newborns to support their delicate constitutions.


4. Ayurvedic Bathing: Bathe your baby using natural, chemical-free products and lukewarm water. Avoid harsh soaps and shampoos that can strip the baby's skin of its natural oils. Instead, opt for gentle cleansers made from natural ingredients such as chickpea flour or herbal powders.


5. Herbal Remedies: Incorporate Ayurvedic herbs and remedies to address common concerns such as colic, gas, or diaper rash. Fennel tea can help relieve gas and aid digestion, while coconut oil can soothe dry skin and diaper rash. Consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before using any herbal remedies for your baby.


6. Routine Care: Establish a daily routine for your baby that includes regular feeding, sleeping, and playtime. Consistency and predictability can help babies feel secure and promote healthy sleep patterns. Pay attention to your baby's cues and respond to their needs with love and attentiveness.


7. Bonding and Connection: Spend quality time bonding with your baby through cuddling, singing, and talking to them. Skin-to-skin contact and eye contact are essential for building a strong emotional connection and fostering a sense of security and trust.


8. Holistic Healthcare: Consider consulting with an Ayurvedic practitioner who specializes in pediatric care to address any health concerns or imbalances in your baby. Ayurveda offers gentle and natural approaches to support the overall health and development of infants, promoting balance and vitality from an early age.


By incorporating these Ayurvedic principles into your baby's care routine, you can nurture their health and well-being while fostering a strong bond between parent and child. Remember to trust your instincts as a parent and provide your baby with love, warmth, and affection as they grow and thrive. If you are interested in booking an appointment with our Ayurvedic practitioner to learn more about incorporating an Ayurvedic lifestyle into your baby's routine, please use the following booking link:


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