Bath Time/ Hair washing

Amanda - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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This is the hardest part of the day, rinsing the shampoo from my boy's hair. I can't get him to lean back, or look up long enough so even though i make sure not to put too much shampoo in I still don't always get it all out. SO I've seen those visor looking hats supposed keep water out of kids face for just this situation, anyone tried them?? Are they effective? Do they make No-rinse shampoos for babies? (they do for elderly people, could that work for little one's too?)
Any other suggestions?

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Heather - posted on 12/21/2010

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Try taking a toy that play music or lights up, hold it up and while she's looking up at it, pour the water... What I did for my son is hold my hands up above his face and snap my fingers, and say "Look up" while he's looking, I pour. Then I make a big fuss, start clapping my hands, saying "yay! good boy, you looked up!!" Now all I have to do is say "Look up" and he will look up. Good luck :)

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I will wash Jake's hair 2-3x/wk. When we do, I will keep my arm behind his neck and pour water on his head with my other hand. I keep my arm behind his neck so he knows I have a good hold on him and he will not go under the water. His 4 yr old brother Derrick has the same problem! He HATES getting his hair washed, but with him the rule is that he either washer his hair or he gets his head shaved...I understand you may not want to do this w/a girl later when she's older, but maybe a real short hair cut? Any who, Jakob gets used to it and doesn't fight me every time we do his hair now :) Just gotta do like everything else, BE CONSISTANT!

Susan - posted on 11/29/2010

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When my duaghter won't lean back or look up, I count to 3 and pour the water over her head. She's 14 mos and knows that if she doesn't look up she'll get a snoot full! (BTW we use tearless shampoo.)The only thing is to pay attention to her. I wait until I know she understands I'm going to "sploosh" she with water (about 8ozs). Sometimes I pour the water very slowly and let it trickle down her face. She likes that sometimes! You can also use the back of hand making a tight seal with your index finger and thumb. Good luck!

Rebekah - posted on 11/28/2010

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Honestly, I would try to get him used to it. My daughter who is now 14 months old, has LOVED having the shampoo rinsed from her hair for a long time now... she likes the water to go in her face and everything! Try making it really fun. You don't want this to be a struggle for the next few years. The more he does it, the better it will get. At least, that's what I think! And I am an aunt to 10 nieces and nephews, and they have ALL gotten used to it! :)

Meghan - posted on 11/26/2010

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pffft, J is just over 2 and hates having his hair washed. I turn the shower on for the last bit and he doesn't mind having it rinsed out that way, but if I have to dump it on his head he freaks!

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Natasha - posted on 11/27/2010

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i always used a wet rag and genttally rinsed it off of conners head he wimpers just a little but he never makes a fuss. a nother tip that my sister did with her son was hanging a poster or a mirror on the ceilling above the tub and have him look up when your ready to rinse.

Katie Ryan - posted on 11/27/2010

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we tried a product that looked like a big measuring cup with a silicone bendy front on it - that worked a little, but we had to stop b/c my son had ear infections and we needed to keep water out of his ears. My grandmother has mirrors on her bathroom ceiling (don't ask :) ) and that was a GREAT way to get him to look up! another good idea is a ketchup/mustard bottle that you can buy at a dollar store. It is a really narrow spout and the water shoots pretty hard out of it, so it can be well-aimed! good luck!

Samantha - posted on 11/27/2010

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i have from birth dumped the water over her head/showered but she is still terrified of it so i bought her a visor from ebay. it works well as its not from foam so doesnt flop. its basically two rings with shower cap material stretched over and elastic round the head. i am stopping the dumping as im 30 years old and it terrifies me. i cant do turkish hammam cus of it. i dont want to traumatise her and maybe she will have it her whole life like me. i dont let her see me panic if it happens to me as i really dont want her to have this phobia but if she has it she has it. we also only wash her hair 2 times a week as she has dry skin and its the same on her head so she only gets bathed every other day and hair 2 times a week. (obviously i top and tail her morning and night.)

Belinda - posted on 11/26/2010

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I've never had this problem, from birth for both my children I've always put water on their faces. There are bucket type things with a flat area that lies against baby's forehead so you can tip the water back over their head. And as previously mentioned, a no tears baby shampoo with built in conditioner can save some trouble of only having to rinse once.

Good luck :-)

Tsegi - posted on 11/25/2010

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I do as Diane. While my son layson kitchen counter over a towel I give him bath toys to hold and wash his hair using my kitchen hose. I always give him bath after washing his hair. Also I wash his hair 2-3 times a week, because he has so much hair. He showers with me every other day

Amanda - posted on 11/23/2010

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I do use the no tear shampoo it's just the water on his face he doesn't like, but @ kellie i see maybe i shouldn't always try to be overly accommodating, i don't baby him on other things maybe this is just one of those things.......
I also like Diane's idea of washing before the bath at least until i can get a hand held shower head, i used the one at my friends house the other day and yes aicha, it does make a huge diff!!!!!

Heather - posted on 11/23/2010

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what's the chemical that's been linked to cancer? I use a no-tear shampoo I get from a natural food store and am wondering if it has it.

Jessie - posted on 11/22/2010

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we taught my daughter the words "light" and "shower" and repeatedly showed her where they were and got excited each time....now we just say where's the shower/light and she looks up and smiles....we do this a few times (calmly and at a couple different times. Then I sing a sond...sort of...we say AAAAHHHHHHH, over and over in a soothing voice, and sometimes remind her to find the shower or light again....we also count 1.....2.....3.....the number of times we will be dumping water....she knows there is an end in sight and she understands and sits there the whole time with her head up. I hope that might help a little. I also always have one hand on her forehead slightly holding it back and keeping water out of her eyes. Good luck

Diane - posted on 11/22/2010

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I do rinse the shampoo out of his hair and hold a towel or washcloth by his forehead to help dry his face immediatly. Sometimes I lay a towel down on the kitchen counter and wet his hair a little, lather it up, then lay him on the towel with one arm cradeling his head, neck and back, then i rinse it out using the hose from the kitchen sink. It avoids water in his ears and face. Then I will give him a bath after!

Amy - posted on 11/21/2010

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i have a jug near the bath and i just fill it up and pour it all onto my 14month olds head. have been doing this ever since he could sit up in the bath. he used to hate it but now doesnt mind sometimes even laughs and tries to do it himself..

Anna - posted on 11/20/2010

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i have EXACTLY the same problem! my daughter has no problem with having a shower and a wash. we shower together. i sit on the ground and she sits on my lap or in front of me and plays with her shower toys, but she hates having her hair washed and she has a lot of hair! she quite likes the shampooing, but its like rinseing traumatises her. she cries for ages after and even shys away from the bathroom door. and thats with using no tears shampoo, cuping my hand over her hairline and ears to create minimal discomfort...coaxing her back into the shower was a lot of work and she was so untrusting of the shower head if i moved it out of her sight. i wash her hair weekly now. daily was just too much drama. shower time is more relaxed now. she knows her heads not gonna get a drenching every time, just a quick splash. good luck.

Tiffany - posted on 11/18/2010

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I dont have a visor, but we have a cup that is flat on one side and the flat side is flexable rubber so you just have the baby look up and lightly press the rubber side to their forhead and it kinda seals the water from going down on their face. It works really well for us. I think you should be able to find it at wal mart and/or babies r us and places like that.

Kellie - posted on 11/18/2010

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From day 1 I never babied him with his baths. I just dump the water over his head and he's fine with it. I was ridiculously whiny at bathtime as a child and I vowed not to do that with my son.

Nikki - posted on 11/18/2010

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My daughter is terrified of water, so bath times for us are a nightmare, usually she will just have a shower with us to avoid the "im being murdered screams" I just put a dry wash cloth across my daughters eyes and rinse as quickly as I can. What makes it worse is that I refuse to use the no tear solutions because they have chemicals in them which have been linked to cancer.

Laurie - posted on 11/18/2010

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Depending on how well he understands you, you may be able to tell him to close his eyes tight and keep them closed until you are done rinsing. As Aicha says - a hand held show head is great. If you don't have one I highly recommend getting one to replace your current shower head. You will not believe how much easier it is to do everything in the tub. That said - you probably only need to shampoo his hair about once a week. Have a bath every day if he likes playing in the water but don't bother with the shampoo.

Noreen - posted on 11/18/2010

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I just dump he water over Abby's head if she has a bath. But 9/10x she takes a shower with me and just gets rinsed of with the shower head. She loves water and doesnt care if water gets in her face.

Laura - posted on 11/18/2010

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There are no-tear shampoo formulas for babies. I think it's Johnson and Johnson. Toys R Us also makes a cup of sorts that has a soft front that presses against the forehead as you pour the water. I usually put my hand on my daughter's forehead to at least redirect the water instead of it all going down her face.

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