5 Ways To Wash Your Newborn’s Hair

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:

  1. 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.

2. Fill a basin with warm water to wash your baby’s hair
To wash your newborn’s hair, fill a clean sink or basin with warm water. The water should be between 98 °F (37 °C) and 100 °F (38 °C). You can check the water temperature with a thermometer or dip your elbow into the water. The water should feel comfortably warm.
3. Hold your baby with their head over the water
Cradle the newborn so their head is in the crook of your arm directly over the basin of water or sink. Use your other hand to do the hair washing.

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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