Newborn’s hair isn’t very dirty, so you only need to rinse it with water for the first bath. Once your baby is a little older, you can massage their scalp with gentle shampoo before rinsing it out.
Here are healthy ways to wash your newborn’s hair:
- For the first bath, rinse your newborn’s hair
You don’t need to use shampoo or cleansers for your newborn’s hair. This is due to the sensitiveness and delicate nature of the hair.
For your babys first bath, pour a little plain water over the scalp and pat the scalp dry with a soft towel. You don’t need to scrub, massage, or really wash the scalp until they are a little older.
Wet the baby’s head and massage their scalp. Dip your clean hand into the water or dip a clean cloth in the water. Use your fingers or the cloth to gently rub the newborn’s scalp. If you want to use shampoo, add a drop or two to the baby’s scalp before you massage it.4. Rinse shampoo from the hair, if necessary
If you used shampoo on the baby’s hair, dip a clean cloth in plain water and wipe the baby’s soapy hair with it. Continue to rinse and wring out the cloth until the soap is gone. You can also carefully pour water over the baby’s scalp to rinse the soap away. Hold your hand over the baby’s forehead, so the soapy water doesn’t run into their eyes.
5. Wash your newborn’s hair up to twice a week
Since newborn hair doesn’t get very dirty, you don’t need to wash your baby’s hair very often. Washing the hair every day or two can actually strip the baby’s scalp of protective oils. Plan on washing your newborn’s hair once or twice a week.
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