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Baby to Toddler Hair

Whether we're talking wispy strands or lots of locks, caring for and washing baby or toddler hair can be a challenge. Here's a step-by-step guide to caring for their hair easier on everyone.


As your toddler becomes more mobile and capable of feeding themselves they are going to get pretty grimy. Everything from dirt to dinner will find its way into their hair, which means you’ll need to become a professional at toddler hair care, especially the cleaning part.


Use these strategies to keep the process simple, quick, and as stress free as possible.


Step 1: Brush first to prevent tangling. Tangles in toddler hair are enemy number one. It is much easier to remove tangles when hair is dry, so de-knot with a brush or wide-toothed comb before your little one goes into the tub for bath time fun and you won’t have to tangle with tangles as much after.

Step 2: Wet hair, not eyes. When it comes to washing toddler hair, gently does it, is a must. Choose a “no-tears” or super-gentle shampoo, which won’t sting your child’s eyes. It's not just shampoo that is irritating to the eyes: Even plain water can bother those baby blues (or browns), so you’ll want to do your best to keep their eyes dry. Using a handheld shower nozzle is ideal, since it directs the water exactly where you want it to go, but you can get good results, too, with a shower visor, a washcloth placed over your child’s eyes, or by making sure to lean your child’s head back while you wash their hair.

Step 3: Suds up. Even if your child has a mane of thick hair, a little shampoo goes a long way, so use no more than a 5 cent-sized amount. Your instinct may be to rub the shampoo into a big, foamy lather, but you’ll actually get fewer tangles if you pat the shampoo gently through the hair. You don’t need to shampoo daily unless your child’s hair is really dirty: Shampooing two to three times a week should be fine for most toddlers.

Step 4: Rinse cycle. Being careful to shield your child's, give the head a thorough rinse. Leaving shampoo residue behind actually makes hair dirtier, giving grime more of a chance to stick there.

For the Shampoo-Averse: Some children can’t stand shampooing (or resist bath time altogether!) no matter how gentle you are. Try these strategies to tone down the torture when washing toddler hair:

  • Put up an unbreakable mirror so they can watch as you sculpt their sudsy hair in silly ways.
  • Give them a turn to help with their own hair or to shampoo a toy — finding little chores for children lets “mummy’s little helper” feel special!
  • Use “special” shampoos — ones that foam up, have delicious smells, or feature a favorite character on the container.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of distraction — sing a song, tell a story, or present an irresistible homemade bath toy.