If you have a toddler at home, chances are high that bath times are a battle for you. And this battle can turn into a nightmare when it comes to hair washing! Many toddlers screech, scream, hit – all in all, they make washing hair an impossible task.
Are you nodding along in agreement? Do you too struggle in washing toddler hair? Toddler hair washing is not at all easy. Are you looking for ways to make the task a little easier? If you answered yes, then you have come to the right place. This article may be the panacea you are seeking. With some easy tips and tricks, you can make hair washing a fun affair (or at least a little tolerable).
Here Are Some Ways For Washing Toddlers Hair :
1. Time It Right:
Wash your toddler’s hair at the beginning of the bath. If your little one likes to play in the tub, she might be willing to tolerate a hair wash in the hope of the fun coming next.
2. Use Accessories:
You don’t have to fight this battle alone! Buy some accessories to help you out:
- You can use a sun visor, a special foam shampoo visor, or swimming goggles to protect your toddler’s eyes during hair wash.
- You can also use earplugs to protect your toddler’s ears.
- Use bath toys, recycled squeeze bottles, or spray bottles and let your toddler play with water while you wash her hair. This will not just distract her but will also help her associate washing hair with fun!
3. Prevent Stimulation:
Sometimes, the sensation of shampoo trickling down on their scalp can be too stimulating for toddlers. So, you can pour some shampoo on your hand before you apply it to your toddler’s scalp.
4. Use A Toddler Appropriate Shampoo:
Make sure the shampoo you are using is mild.Washing toddlers hair can be an experience in itself! Don’t use a shampoo that is too thick or has a strong odor. Also, make sure that the shampoo you are using has a no-tears formula.
5. Tilt Forward Or Backwards:
While rinsing off the hair, you can ask your toddler to tilt her head backward. You can put some stickers on the ceiling to keep your toddler occupied while you rinse her hair. If tilting head backward is not working for you, try making your toddler lean forward with a dry cloth over her eyes. This simple step will give her a sense of control while rinsing.
6. Get Creative:
You can get creative while rinsing your toddler’s hair. Some children like the feel of a good quantity of water being poured over their head. While others prefer a trickle of water. See what works for your toddler. You can also a wet washcloth to rinse your toddler’s hair! How? Just squeeze out the extra water and run the washcloth through your toddler’s hair. Repeat till all the shampoo is rinsed off!
7. Keep The Eyes Shut:
Make sure your toddler keeps her eyes closed during hair wash. You can either ask her to close her eyes or blow on her face, gently. When your toddler closes her eyes, finish your task quickly!
8. Doll Up:
Try practicing hair washing using your toddler’s favorite doll. Wash the doll’s hair together and help your toddler become comfortable with hair wash.
9. Get A Mirror:
Many toddlers love to watch themselves in a mirror while getting a bath. So get an unbreakable mirror and let your toddler watch as your wash her hair.
10. Keep It Rare:
Your toddler does not need a hair wash every day. Once or twice a week is more than enough for most toddlers.
11. Use Vaseline:
You can also apply Vaseline on your toddler’s forehead to prevent water from entering her eyes.
12. Keep Stress Away:
Don’t stress and don’t get angry with your toddler if she fusses during hair wash. Keep it fun and happy.
13. Provide Comfort:
No matter how hard you try, you can’t prevent all the tears. So to calm your little one after a hair wash. You can do so by wrapping her in a warm towel and holding her close.
Washing toddler’s hair can be fun! If you think that is impossible, try these tips. You’ll be surprised how effective these tips are!
Do try these tips and do come back to share your success story with us!