I love when babies are born hairy. Bald newborns are of course, just as gorgeous, but I myself was dreaming about a baby with hair. And with hair she was born – not only on her head (Click for birth story!). She had lanugo on her shoulders and down her back. I loved it though!
But, because of her hair, I entered the confusing world of baby shampoo really early. At the beginning, I didn’t want to use any products in case she would have some sort of reaction. I found out really quickly that wouldn’t work with our baby girl. We would give her a bath in the evening and put her to sleep. In the morning she would wake up with an extremely oily head, which was awful when she had her newborn acne.
We thus started using Baby SebaMed which made SO MUCH DIFFERENCE. The shampoo is ultra gentle, perfect for new babies (especially hairy ones). I ended up using the body wash as well for her first couple of months.
After a while, I switched over to Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash, because while the SebaMed was great, I wanted to try another smell 😂 The Baby Bee Shampoo was great… but we ended up using it mostly as a bubble bath because it seemed to make Rosie’s hair quite frizzy (not the best for photos, lol).
I asked my hairdresser if she could recommend a good conditioning shampoo for babies and she gave me Paul Mitchell kids. Although this was also a great shampoo, I feel as though it is too “grown up” for Rosie. The smell isn’t very natural in my opinion.. I will probably use it on her in the future, but for now, it sits in our bathroom and I use it as my own “just in case I run out of shampoo” shampoo.
I went to our local drug store and noticed Johnson’s Baby shampoo and it brought back memories of my mom using it on my little sister when she was little. So I figured I’d give it a go. Let me tell you, there’s a reason this shampoo has been around for so long. It’s a classic. It really has that “baby” smell I was after, and it left Rosie’s hair in a lovely state.
Rosie’s newborn hair didn’t fall out all at once like her father’s did (he was born with hair but by the time he was a month old, it was all gone), but it did fall out in sections. The new hair which grew in it’s place was much lighter (and it some places it looks almost blonde).
As it was falling out, I noticed that the cradle cap on Rosie’s hairy head was just not going away. At around 6 months, it was extremely noticeable and the shampoo we were using was not working at all. Her pediatrician told us she could prescribe some medicated shampoo but she didn’t want to until we had tried out all the “natural” products on the market.
I didn’t really know where to go from there because the doctor didn’t really mention any specific products. We happened to go to a mall that afternoon and I noticed a children’s only hairdresser, so I stopped and had a chat with the lady who was there.
I was a bit sceptical when she first recommended the Original Sprout Hair & Body Babywash. It was the most expensive shampoo they had on offer, so I just assumed she wanted to make a “bigger” sale.
Surprisingly, the shampoo actually worked! It smells absolutely amazing and seems to be free of… everything. It’s labelled “100% Vegan” and on the bottle it says: “FREE & CLEAN: No parabens, Nanoparticles, Lavender, Tea Tree, Petroleum Oils, Musk, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates, Gluten, Soy or Dairy”. After a few washes, I noticed the cradle cap on Rosie’s head had considerably decreased. It leaves her hair and skin clean and soft, and I really don’t have anything negative to say about it… I only have to use a tiny bit and it lathers into her head perfectly.
About two weeks ago I noticed that it said on the bottle “For Babies, Children & Adults”, so I tried to use it (it smells SO GOOD that I couldn’t help myself). The only “negative” thing I noticed is that it doesn’t lather into my hair as well as it does into Rosie’s. I think it’s just because I’m used to thicker shampoos which probably have more chemicals which create that foam.
Either way, Rosie’s cradle cap is now gone and we are probably going to stick with Original Sprout for a while, unless we hear of something better. As far as Rosie’s hair is concerned, she’s had two haircuts so far. Her hair is all different lengths, so it’s difficult to keep neat. But it’s manageable with clips and hairbands. I still love having a “hairy” baby.