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Washing baby’s hair - Step by step

You’ve never washed an infant’s hair? It’s not that hard! Here is a handy guide that explains how you should proceed, what to look for, and what products to use to clean baby’s hair properly.

How often?

It’s not necessary to clean baby’s hair every day, unless your baby has a problem with cradle cap or sweats too much around his head, which can be common in newborns. Even if you decide not to clean his hair every day with shampoo, it’s still important to include washing his head properly into the daily toilet routine. You can use a small damp washcloth to clean his head for example.

How to clean baby’s hair

If you are using a baby bathtub, you can wet the baby’s hair by gentling rinsing it a small bowl of water. Otherwise, install baby comfortably in the crook of your elbow or the palm of your hand and gently bring his body backwards so his head comes in contact with the water in the bath. Put a few drops of shampoo on his head and gently massage it into his head. Rinse the shampoo properly using a small bowl or by leaning his head backwards in the water again.

To dry his hair, simply tap his head gently with a soft towel. If your baby has hair, we advise using a soft-bristled brush specifically designed for babies to brush his hair.

Shampoo

When choosing a shampoo for your baby, it’s important to choose one that is gentle and specifically designed for the care of the delicate skin and hair of newborns. Choose a shampoo with a neutral pH (5,5), which is perfectly suited for babies.

Cradle cap

Cradle cap refers to small yellow secretions located on babies heads that look like dried milk and which are caused by the sebaceous gland of the baby which was stimulated by the mother’s hormones during the pregnancy, resulting into having too much sebum on the head. Although the appearance of cradle cap may be slightly unpleasant, it’s important to know that babies are not usually bothered by it and that the situation usually resolves itself with time.

If you with to help promote the healing, it’s suggested to use baby oil, mineral oil or almond oil to gently massage the secretions so they soften faster

Our favorite products!

  • Souris Verte gentle shampoo: A mild and natural shampoo that is perfectly suited for hair and body care of infants. Combines the delicious fragrance of lavender to aromatic notes of rosemary. $ 17,45 in Mère Hélène boutiques.

  • Spa bath by Summer Infant: This baby bath includes a small and practical shower head to rinse baby’s hair. $ 59,99 $ at Babies R Us.

  • Skip Hop baby towel: This towel offers a practical hat to keep baby’s head warm after the bath and includes a soft washcloth perfect for washing his body and hair gently. $ 29,99 at Kido.

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