Some babies are born with a lot of hair. Some babies are born bald and stay bald for a very, very long time. Either way, you waited all this time to see your baby’s hair — what color it is, how long it grows. Well congratulations, it’s here. How do you care for it?
Don’t worry, we have some useful tips and tricks right here.
Caring For Baby’s Hair
Washing baby’s hair — how often do you do it?
A baby’s hair doesn’t need to be washed everyday. An infant really just needs about twice a week. You don’t want to wash their hair too often and dry out their scalp. Once a baby grows and you’ve got a toddler in your tub, washing their hair 3 times a week is plenty.
At this point you might find interesting things like mashed up snacks or leftover dinner in their hair.
Using a baby shampoo that’s sensitive to baby’s skin is important. Adult shampoo usually has a lot of chemicals and parabens in them. Using something that’s safe for baby will help make bath time more enjoyable.
How To Brush Baby Hair
Once your baby is old enough to swat a brush out of your hand, you’ll need to go in with a strategy. Nobody likes knots, and to brush hair as painless as possible try following these tips:
- DO use a wide-tooth comb, or a boar-bristle or paddle brush, on dry hair. Avoid using your vent brush, which has tiny teeth that can snag.
- DON'T start at the top; you'll just make tangles worse. Instead, begin at the ends and slowly work your way up the hair shaft, gently pulling apart knots with your fingers.
- DO the hair at the nape of the neck first, which tends to get most tangled.
- DON'T wet bad snarls. They'll only get more matted. Work in some regular hair conditioner or detangler, and hold the hair at the scalp while you gently comb out.
Weather and climate can some times play a role in hair. When it’s summer and the kids are in the sun, in the pool, the hair gets more damaged. It’s a good idea to pack a comb and detangler in your beach bag, diaper bag, or keep it poolside.
Consistency is key. Be sure to keep up with your child’s hair just as you would your own. It’s a great way for them to see how to take care of themselves and start early on grooming and self care skills.