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Washing baby's hair

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Cupcakes123 Thu 27-Nov-14 18:42:20

Ok, this might be an extremely stupid question, but here it goes anyway!

DS is 15 weeks and loves the bath. Screams when you take him out and falls asleep in it smile
However he bloody hates having his hair washed and this is quite a recent thing. I've always done it the same way..... Lie him in his hooded towel, swaddle him up like a sausage, hold under one arm with hand supporting neck and arm supporting body, other hand actually wash his hair. Then when done whip the hood up, dry hair then put him in the bath.

Now he's bigger should I be doing it another way?! Saying that though, he's still a tiny little 9th percentile thing, only 12lbs so not very robust!

yes, I am a FTM just in case that wasn't screamingly obvious!

babies should come with manuals, like cars and new washing machines do

Artandco Thu 27-Nov-14 18:47:10

Tbh I would just wipe a wet face cloth/ baby sponge over gently whilst in the bath at that age. Just Water is fine

moomin35 Thu 27-Nov-14 19:02:18

I did this the first few times cupcake which resulted in lots of screaming too. Can you wash it in the bath (use a seperate bowl off fresh water for the hair) to wash off the suds. I use an egg cup and it's so much better than swaddling and doing hair seperately to the body x

fatterface Thu 27-Nov-14 19:06:18

Does he need his hair washed? Can you just wipe it with a flannel?

BustyCraphopper Thu 27-Nov-14 19:08:22

I have always just splashed water on mine. Only started using shampoo on dd1 now at 3 as the paint they use at preschool doesn't wash out well otherwise. Everything including food has always washed out well with just water ....

BustyCraphopper Thu 27-Nov-14 19:09:39

It's not like a 15 week old will be doing much to get his hair mucky, and the oil glands don't really kick in until puberty so it won't get greasy. smile

Cupcakes123 Thu 27-Nov-14 19:13:21

I will try with just water instead, or actually washing in the bath, that should make him less angry! Although the minute I'm done he stops whinging/shouting so it can't be too traumatic I don't think.

But I do love nothing more than sniffing his Johnson's baby head!

BustyCraphopper Thu 27-Nov-14 19:16:02

And actually we don't put bubble bath in either as it gives dd1 eczema ..... So mine are totally just washed in water. Apart from teeth obviously! Water gets most things off and doesn't remove too much of the skins own protective oils smile

Just sniff the shampoo bottle or have some on a tissue grin

squizita Thu 27-Nov-14 19:16:49

I use a few drops of Johnsons first touch in the bathwater and sponge some water on her head! Keeps it clean.

Pico2 Thu 27-Nov-14 19:24:11

We didn't use shampoo or anything other than water until DD was 2. She didn't have much hair and DH has eczema, so she didn't need any shampoo and we didn't want to risk triggering eczema in her.

I'd just rinse your baby's head with water when he's in the bath.

ch1134 Thu 27-Nov-14 19:52:38

Never yet used shampoo. He's 11mo and has beautiful hair. Although all his baby hair did fall out with cradle cap. Gross.

moomin35 Thu 27-Nov-14 20:58:15

My baby's hair is long and all his milk drips round into the back of his hair do just water wouldn't do the job for us!

Artandco Thu 27-Nov-14 21:04:20

Moonin - why? What's in milk that won't come out with water?

Babies have shit on arse also, but wipes of with just water and flannel ( reusable wipes) or in plain bath

squizita Thu 27-Nov-14 21:18:44

Seriously just a drop or so of 1st touch, if you want to use a product, in the water ... it creates a light foam which cleans milk, poo etc fine with just a wipe! smile

Cupcakes123 Thu 27-Nov-14 22:10:56

I will look into the first touch, is that the stuff in the blue and white bottle?

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