How Often Should I Wash my Baby’s Hair?
Unlike with adults, your baby’s skin produces very little oil and so that lovely downy-soft hair won’t get greasy. A quick hair wash once or twice a week will be fine.
Firstly, make sure the room is kept warm, as your baby won’t like to be cold. Now, prepare baby’s bath. The water should be neither too cold nor too hot, 37-38ºC is about the right level, 36ºC for a newborn. Many parents find a bath thermometer helps them to get the water just right. Or you can test it with your elbow – the water should feel the same temperature as your skin.
Gently place your baby into the bath, making sure to support his head and shoulders throughout. Pour a little water over your baby’s hair, taking care to keep his face dry. Once his hair is wet, you can use a small amount of pH-balanced baby shampoo and carefully massage it into your baby’s hair to create a lather. Be sure to keep an eye out for early signs of cradle cap. Rinse carefully, taking great care not to get any suds in baby’s eyes. It is not advised that you use an adult shampoo for your baby as it may cause irritation on soft baby skin.
When bathtime is over, wrap your baby in a soft towel and pat dry, rather than rub. Make sure your baby is fully dry, particularly in hard to reach folds and creases, behind ears and between toes, then dress as quickly as possible to prevent him from getting cold.
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