Baby shampoo

Useful information on choosing a baby shampoo and tips on washing your baby's hair.
Baby shampoos need to be incredibly gentle because of the risk that at least some of it will end up in or near your baby's eyes or mouth, although shampoo shields can be used to prevent this.

Baby shampoos are specially designed to gently cleanse, moisturise and protect your baby's scalp and hair and are much softer on the skin than those designed for adults.

When choosing a baby shampoo you should look for one that is free of soap and alcohol and that is hypoallergenic and dematologically tested. If your baby has sensitive or dry skin you should avoid baby shampoos that are perfumed or that contain fragrance.

Organic and natural baby shampoos are also available. These are designed to be kinder to the environment as well as your baby's hair and skin and often use essential oils in place of chemically derived fragrances.

You only need to wash a small baby's hair once a week and should use only the tiniest blob of shampoo. It is important to be very sensitive to your baby's head as well as avoid rinsing over the face (this shouldn't be too much of a problem with a very young baby if you support them with one arm and rinse with the other). You must rinse well to avoid residual product causing irritation.

To help keep your baby wam and happy after a hair wash, you should wrap them in a hooded towel as soon as you take them out of the bath.

Chat or Ask a Question:

If you have a question about this article or something else, visit our friendly forums & ask the AskBaby community.

Chat about baby shampoo with our friendly community...

Your Comments:

We'd love to hear your comments on this article...

Login to add your comment:

Email: Password:
Not yet a member? Join thousands of other parents and parents-to-be... Sign Up Now!
Forgot your
Password?

I have a 2month old baby and i would like to use shampoo on his air/head, which one or type can i buy because some are too tough for his gentle skin.
by Alele 20th Sep 2010, 5:30pm
My daughter is 18 months old and her hair is extremely dry at the back. When she wakes up in the morning, it is worse as she has been rubbing it in her cot. The top is not dry at all. Have tried lots of shampoos, oils etc. Can anyone please advise on anything to use. Thanks
by Cath012 12th Aug 2010, 9:51am
I have a four month old daughter and I would like to know if Johnsons baby shampoo is suitable for her or is there any other brand advisable. I would like to know if using shampo will help loose her hair and how many times a week should I shampoo my baby's hair. Will it cause hair fall?? Also I sometimes see her hair on her pillow after she gets up from sleep. Please advise me.
by Chinju 10th Jul 2009, 9:11am

Related:

Community

Popular