How do you wash a toddler's hair?

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Registered: 05-28-2003
How do you wash a toddler's hair?
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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 3:28pm
Hello everyone!

I'm wondering if anyone had any advice about washing my dd's hair. She's about 16 months old now and I used to just have her lean back and support her head with my arm while pouring water over her hair. But now, she is refusing to lean back and I've tried washing with her sitting up, but it's not affective. I've even tried to just pour water over her head while she's sitting, but that was awful. I looked into those visors that claim to keep soap out of the eyes, but I don't think it'll keep the water from leaking down.

I know it's a *minor* thing, but it's kind of stressing me out, because with her eczema, bath time already isn't that great.... I just don't want her to not like it even more.

Any advice?

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Registered: 06-27-2003
Wed, 12-03-2003 - 3:47pm
If my son, who's now 30 months, won't lean back in the bath, I just do the quick dump over the head using a large measuring cup (3 cups of water) and I use my hand to keep the water out of his eyes. I use very little shampoo - just a dime size so there won't be excess soap to deal with. I also only shampoo his hair once a week. At that age, more shampooing is really unnecessary. I do wet his hair and rinse it other times during the week, but only shampoo once.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 12-03-2003 - 3:50pm

I will probably get the Bad Mommy Award of the Day (if there is one). Alex is terrified of baths. I have no idea why but it is one of those sudden toddler terrors. I hold him and use Devin's shower chair. The shower gets him really wet, then I soap him up really quick and stick him back under the shower. He screams the whole time so I try to do it really, really fast.


When he wasn't scared of baths, I used a washcloth to wet his hair or took some water and dumped it on his head. I put my hand over his forehead so water would not get in his eyes. He seemed allright with it but it might be why he is scared of baths now.


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Registered: 10-18-2003
Wed, 12-03-2003 - 3:53pm
Is it the shampoo that's thr problem? or the water in the face? I use a tear-free shampoo and just dump water of the kids' heads. Doesn't seem to bother them cause there is no pain.

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Registered: 10-18-2003
Wed, 12-03-2003 - 3:54pm

Oh, what about investing in a removable shower head? Those work great. (its how I do my own hair when I don't need/want to shower but need fresh hair.)


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Registered: 07-02-2003
Wed, 12-03-2003 - 4:05pm
My dd used to be the same. I started using the hand held shower head. I'd make a game of it by telling her to look up at the sky. Dh bought some of those glowing stars and put them on the ceiling - so we'd turn the lights down and have her look at the stars. Sometimes we'd sing star songs (Twinkle twinkle)or count the stars. She loved it. Then I could wet and rinse. She is now 4 and still likes to wash her hair this way. Only now she holds the shower head - which means the bathroom gets soaked, but she gets clean!
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Registered: 05-28-2003
Wed, 12-03-2003 - 4:14pm
The last few times, I just dumped water over her head with this little bucket. But this past weekend, when she saw me with the bucket, she gave me this pitiful look and said, "no..."

It just broke my heart... and prompted me to ask here for advice....
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Registered: 05-28-2003
Wed, 12-03-2003 - 4:16pm
It's the water that bothers her. I use very little shampoo and get a lot of it out before dumping the water. But hey, I like the idea of the removable shower head! Thanks!
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Registered: 05-28-2003
Wed, 12-03-2003 - 4:19pm
I think I'll go to Home Depot for that shower head today! -- and maybe a ladder to put up some stars for the ceiling. ;-)
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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 4:22pm
Thanks for the advice!

I'd like to shampoo her hair less often, but she has eczema even on her scalp. It's pretty bad so we put this oil afterwards to keep the scalp moisturized -- so she's like a greasy monkey and it's be just too unsightly for us to keep her hair greasy and yucky.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 12-03-2003 - 4:26pm
Oh, the mommy guilt. I'm sorry. Do you have a removable showerhead? Alex screams no and shakes his little head when I lead him to the bathroom. I don't know how I am ever going to potty train him. He is traumazed everytime he goes into the bathroom.

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"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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