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May 26, 2024

Toddler Hair-Washing Tricks!




Does your tot hate to have his hair washed?  Try these tried-and-true tips from moms:

 • First, wet your child’s hair with a washcloth so you don’t have to pour water on his head

• Next, sing a song!  “This is the way we wash your hair, wash you hair, wash your hair … this is the way we wash your hair so early in the evening!”

• Now, make it fun by making hair spikes out of the shampoo and show him with a hand mirror

Didn’t work?  Try these other suggestions:

• Some moms use goggles when washing their toddler’s hair!

• Use a washcloth puppet to help wash your child’s hair

• Try lots of praise: Start with something like, “You’re such a good girl! Time to wash my sweetie’s hair!” or, “Oh, I like how you are washing your tummy!” “You’re so good about that!” “Now let’s get your hair wet … good girl!” And so on …

• Many toddlers will respond if you tell them to look at “the sky,” then, while keeping a hand on his forehead to keep water from running onto his face, pour water from a large, plastic cup over the top of his tilted back head and keeping your hand in place to keep the water away, allowing water to cascade down his back

About the Author

Susan Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief of Cincinnati Family Magazine and a mother of four.