First things, first. Baby hair loss is totally normal. Fluctuating hormones in babies play a large part in triggering hair loss which is a natural part of the growth process. However, in order to minimise the effects of hormonal hair loss and keep your babe frizz-free, we have put together some tried and tested techniques to help your baby retain their hair and keep it healthy, silky & smooth while you're at it!
Switch to silk
Silky Tots Silk Cot Slips and Silk Cot Fitted Sheets help to reduce friction on baby’s head by up to 43% (when compared to ordinary cotton or bamboo sheets). This friction is what causes matting, knotting, frizz and eventually the dreaded baby bald spot. Silk is also hypoallergenic and uninhabitable by dust-mites which makes it perfect for eczema, asthma and allergies.
Brush before bed
Gently brushing baby’s hair before bed minimizes the knots that turn into matts and eventually rub off 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 in the cot facing the same way each time you put them down to sleep. This consistent placement means pressure on the hair and skin is not distributed evenly, leaving your babe with one spot falling short. To help minimize bald spots or thin patches, try to change up the side you put baby to sleep on each night. You can also try placing baby in opposite ends of the cot.
Avoid harsh chemicals
Try to avoid bathing and washing baby’s hair too often. There is no need to bathe your baby more than 2-3 times per week (unless you baby really likes baths!). 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 moisturized 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.