When to Shampoo Baby Hair
Babies are little angels that have descended from the heavens to bring joy here on earth. But as adorable as they are, babies are helpless and dependent; which is why you have to be extra careful while taking care of them.
Since their tiny bodies aren’t fully developed yet, they are susceptible to bacteria and other substances that cause infections. This is why it is very important to maintain your baby’s hygiene. And speaking about keeping your baby clean and fresh, the most effective way to do that is by bathing them.
However, you can’t just bathe your baby right away. Instead, you can do topping and tailing, which is basically using a warm cloth or sponge to wash your baby for the first few weeks.
Bathing your Baby
Usually, healthy babies who are born full term are allowed to take a quick bath on the same day with at least a couple hours after birth. But for babies who were born prematurely, it may take some time before they will be allowed to take a bath.
Some people think that the only time you’re allowed to bathe your bay is after the umbilical cord has fallen off and healed. This is nothing but a newborn myth that needs to be debunked.
It is perfectly fine to bathe your baby even if the stump is still attached. You just have to make sure that it is properly dried off afterwards by a clean cloth or towel.
For new parents, bathing a wet and slippery baby is going to require patience and a lot of practice. It would be a lot easier if you have someone to assist you while doing it.
Also, you don’t have to do it every day, especially for a baby who’s just a few weeks old. Twice or thrice a week is good enough to keep your baby clean and fresh. You can do top and tail in between baths using a clean sponge or cloth to keep them clean.
Using Baby Soap and Shampoo
A baby’s skin is very sensitive, especially a newborn’s. It is far more sensitive than an adult’s skin. Some soap and shampoo products can irritate or cause problems to your baby’s skin. This is why there’s a different formulation for soaps and shampoos for babies.
When and How to Use Baby Soap
Using soap thoroughly on your baby’s whole body is not necessary. In fact, it is recommended to only use it in areas that are prone to secretions such as sweat or natural oils; areas like the arm pit, neck, fingers and toes, back of the knees, genitals and bum.
Use mild soap without a fragrance as much as possible. For babies with skin conditions like allergic dermatitis and eczema, minimize using soap and reduce the frequency of baths to avoid drying and skin irritation.
How and When to Use Baby Shampoo
Knowing when to shampoo baby hair is just as important as knowing how to properly use baby soap. You have to use baby shampoo moderately or it can lead to irritation and skin infection when overused. If you use too much shampoo, it can totally remove the natural oils in your baby’s hair and it may cause irritation of the scalp.
The safest frequency that you can use shampoo for your baby’s hair is once or twice a week. Make sure to use a mild shampoo and, if possible, use something that has been derived from natural ingredients.
Massaging the shampoo into the scalp won’t be necessary since your baby probably has a very thin amount of hair. And if your baby has cradle cap, be sure to apply just a little bit of baby oil to soften the flaky crust, then gently remove it using a soft comb.
There are a lot of baby soap and shampoo products available in the market so that it can be hard to find one which works well with your baby’s skin. It is even harder to choose a product if your baby’s skin is extra sensitive.
This is why it is important to consult a doctor or an expert when it comes to which baby products to use on your baby. Or you can also verify the safety and effectiveness of certain products by reading reviews online.