There is nothing quite like the smell of a newly-cleaned baby, just out of the bath, hair wet and messy, snuggled up in a soft towel and ready for bed. But for a lot of parents, their child’s first bath is a daunting experience, and their first hair wash even more panic inducing. What if soap gets in their eyes? Or the water is too hot for their head? Or perhaps they will hate the experience so much that washing their hair again will be an uphill struggle?
If you are like many new-parents and worried about your baby’s first hair wash, take a look at our guide:
Firstly, it’s important to know that you don’t need to shampoo your baby’s hair every day. You may want to wash it every other day, or even less regularly, whatever works for you and the mess your little one creates! Though, if your baby suffers from cradle cap, it is often suggested that you wash their hair daily, just to help loosen and remove scales caused by cradle cap.
Ensure you choose the right type of shampoo for your baby. The shampoo should be specifically designed for newborns, as they are gentle on their delicate hair and skin. Look for a neutral p.h balance (5.5), and if possible, a shampoo that has a no-tears formula, so this reduces the likelihood of the soap stinging their eyes if it gets in contact with them.
Whether you use a baby bath, a seat support or simply your kitchen sink, run the water to a suitable temperature – 37 degrees is perfect. Hold your baby in the crook of your arm and gently lower their head backwards into the water, ensuring the top of their head is wetted. Or you may feel more comfortable using a soft sponge, like our 100% natural Seaborne sponge, dipping it in the water and gently bathing your baby’s head. Or simply fill a separate bowl with clean, warm water, and pour it over your little ones’ scalp.
Pour a small amount of shampoo into your hand (shampoo containers with pumps are incredibly useful as they allow you to get the shampoo with just one hand). Gently rub the shampoo into your baby’s scalp, using your fingertips to massage their scalp and stimulate blood flow.
Rinse the shampoo out of their hair by either dipping your baby’s head back in the bath, using the sponge or pouring your bowl of fresh water over their scalp.
Gently towel dry your baby’s hair using a soft towel, like our cute Hungry Caterpillar towel. Don’t worry about drying it too much, you can leave their hair to dry naturally – most newborns have very fine hair so it will dry incredibly quickly.
If your child does have cradle cap, then after the hair wash, you may want to apply coconut, almond or baby oil to their scalp to help heal it.
And there you have it, a fresh, beautifully smelling, squeaky clean-haired baby, ready for milk and bed!