Troubles washing my daughter's hair

Natalie - posted on 02/14/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have a really hard time getting her hair washed. She won't put her head back, and if I try to lay her with my arm behind her neck, she just throws a crying fit. If I use a wash cloth to try and wipe the shampoo out of her hair, it doesn't get it out no matter how hard I try. Dumping the water over her head seems to be the only way I can get it washed, but she tends to suck in a lot of water through her nose and swallow a lot of it, and I don't like the idea of her getting so much water intake. Does anyone have any good tricks to washing your little one's hair?

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Susan - posted on 02/25/2010

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We've got that cup thing.....I just dump the water over his head. He's not getting that much in. We did water babies at the YMCA and we put them underwater for a second or 2. He's fine.

Susan

Natalie - posted on 02/25/2010

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I haven't got the cup yet, but I am going to be getting one soon. So far though she has been doing really well the last couple of nights about letting me put my hand on her forehead and wiping the shampoo out as the water goes through her hair. We will see, maybe I won't even need to get a cup if she keeps being good, lol.

Jacklyn - posted on 02/16/2010

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My daughter is doing the same thing but what i do is i lean her back she gets mad but when i get all the soap out i clap and tell her how good she was for letting me finish. they love attention. So make like a game or something that you just do each time it might work

Derenda - posted on 02/16/2010

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My son is going through the same stage. I just keep dumping water on his head. My four year old went through this stage and she learned pretty quickly to start leaning her head back. I don't know about the boy though it seems to be taking a while!

Kate - posted on 02/16/2010

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I have tried the bucket as well, but if they won't hold their head back which mine won't it still goes in their face.

Nora - posted on 02/16/2010

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Oh yes, the bucket works very well! We had one but my husband stepped on it and broke it when my daughter was 5 months LOL. I need to go and get one, its just out of my head every time i go out.

Natalie - posted on 02/16/2010

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Thanks everyone, I have some good ideas now! Putting my hand on her forehead works sometimes, but most of the time she just pushes it away, but it has been working somewhat. I will HAVE to try that bucket, it looks like it will work great!

Jackie - posted on 02/16/2010

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my daughter did the same thing 3-4 months back. she had been really good about leaning back then all of a sudden it freaked her out. So I have taken to the pouring the bucket over her head while she is sitting up straight....and she doesn't seem to mind to much, and i always tell her how much of a "big girl" she's being. But they also make these buckets where one side is flat, and the top half of it is rubber. SO you put the rubber against their forehead and then pour...so it helps shield their face from alot of it...so she doesn't suck in nearly as much that way. Here's the link to what it is (b/c i'm sure my description leaves something to be desired, lol:

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...

THey also make these visors you can put on them then pour which sheild their face too...I have one but I haven't tried it yet. THe bucket works great for us.

Kimberly - posted on 02/16/2010

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maybe try putting one hand over her eyes( kinda like a shield press it to her forehead like a roof kinda) while you pour the cup of water over her head. once the cup is empty push the water back with the hand that is over her eyes so that it dosent go in her face she may take better to that. let us know what you figure out. :) hope this helps!

Natalie - posted on 02/15/2010

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I will have to look for a sprinkler and see if maybe that doesn't help. Other than the washing the hair part, my daughter loves taking a bath. Praise always seems to work for me too, she gives me a big smile.

Nora - posted on 02/15/2010

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I am kind of on the same boat. Well, we did have a mini sprinkler thing. But it doesn't fit our tub, you can find it on most grocery stores on the baby section, Its a handle that sprinkles water on their head.

I just use the cup for now the way you do and every time we make it through a cup pour i make sure to tell her what a good girl she is!

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