First things, first. Don’t panic!
Hormones can play a big part in baby hair-loss after birth (the same way new mums can lose large amounts of hair). However, the most common cause for baby bald spots is the time baby spends on their back. Babies are constantly rubbing the backs of their heads on their mattresses, bassinets, capsules, etc. causing their fine hair to be knotted and broken off or pulled out by the constant friction.
We have put together some tried and tested techniques to help your baby retain their hair, prevent bald spots and patches and keep baby's hair looking healthy, silky & smooth while they're at it!
Switch to silk
Silky Tots 100% Mulberry Silk Bassinet/Cot Sleeves and Sheets help to reduce and prevent baby bald spots by reducing the friction on baby’s head (when compared to ordinary cotton sheets). This friction is the main culprit for matting, knotting, frizz and eventually the dreaded baby bald spot.
Silk creates a luxurious, frictionless environment for baby's hair to grow as well as being hypoallergenic and uninhabitable by dust-mites, making it perfect for eczema, asthma and allergies.
Designed exclusively for babies, our Silk Cot and Bassinet Sheets and Sleeves have been created specifically for preventing bald patches and promoting hair growth. All our products are are made from 22 momme 100% Mulberry silk and have been tested and certified under OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 to be non-toxic and free from harmful dyes and chemicals.
Silky Tots, really is, the gentle way to sleep.
Brush before bed
Gently brushing baby’s hair before bed minimises the knots that turn into matts and eventually rub off (creating bald patches) while baby is sleeping. If you can make sure there are no knots present before baby nods off, then you are one step ahead of the game!
Swap the sleeping side
If you’ve established a sleep routine, chances are you’re placing baby at the same end of the cot each time you put them down to sleep. This means they will tend to turn and rest their head in one direction more the other (especially if one side of the cot is against a wall) meaning pressure on the hair and skin is not distributed evenly, leaving your babe with bald patches and flat spots.
Try alternating the end of the cot you place baby’s feet to even things up!
Avoid harsh chemicals
Try to avoid washing baby’s hair too often. Even if you’re bathing daily, you don’t need to wash baby’s hair daily. You might want to re-think the baby shampoo and conditioner too... Baby’s hair doesn’t need shampoo or conditioner as it is perfectly capable of self-cleaning. Rinsing with water is a much better option as it won’t strip natural oils from the hair, keeping hair follicles moisturised and therefore less susceptible to knotting and breakage.
Baby’s skin is also 30% thinner than adult skin, meaning it is much more permeable and susceptible to harsh chemicals.
Encourage tummy time
As well as encouraging a healthy neck strength and muscular development, more time spent on baby’s tummy will help to reduce the amount of time she spends on her back and pressing her head into the surface below.