Tips for a Happy Hair Wash
Most toddlers absolutely love the bath. They can’t get enough of the fun splashing games and special toys reserved for bath time. Bath time can be a really important part of the bedtime routine as it acts as a sleep cue and it’s a great bonding experience. However, lots of tots really struggle with hair washing, and some can find it very upsetting. It’s a phase that will pass but it can be really difficult to deal with when you’re in the trenches. We’ve put together this short post with ten quick tips to help your toddler relax and tolerate having their hair washed. Let us know if they help!
- Use a mild shampoo that won’t irritate their eyes.
- Consider a detangling spray if their hair is long or curly.
- Role play the hair washing experience and let them join in by washing a favourite bath toy.
- Experiment with timings – some toddlers may cope better if you get it out of the way first, others may need to relax and play first.
- Talk them through the process before and during, so they know what to expect.
- Encourage them to look up whilst rinsing by holding a toy in the air or even putting tome glow in the dark stars on the roof.
- Experiment with different method for rinsing their hair. Try a cup, small watering can, show attachment or jug.
- Keep a dry hand towel or washcloth nearby to dry their face, early and eyes after rinsing.
- Stay calm – if you’re anxious or cross your toddler will pick up on that and the process will be more difficult for you both.
- Be ready to keep the fun going afterwards with a warm snuggly towel on standby and a few silly games to play whilst you dry their hair and coax your tot into their pyjamas.