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.
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