Do you remember the first time you took your baby in your hands? Apart from the happiness and joy that you felt exhilarated with, there sure must have been some concerns. “Will I be able to generate enough breastfeed for my baby? I hope I hold her the right way! She looks so tiny and fragile. Oh! Her skin is sooooo sensitive. I must take care that she does not get any rashes. I hope her hair keeps the volume and shine she grew up with” I am sure that if a survey was done about the concerns that lurked around new moms the above doubts would top the charts.
I often wonder how as mothers or care givers, we are so obsessed with our babies’ skin and hair care from day one. And rightly so! We want the right kind of soap that’s paraben free, aanti-allergic and soft on the baby’s skin. Also for the apple of our eye we want a shampoo that cleanses the scalp thoroughly and is not harsh on the eyes. As a mother of two boys, one a toddler and one a primary schooler, it recently occurred to me that kids’ hair cleansing requirement also changes with age. I would classify these based on the stage of growth of a child as from a little baby to a toddler to beyond that.
For a long time now, ever since the concept of baby product arrived, we have believed that there are adult shampoos and then there are baby shampoos. But as science and research progressed on varied needs of children’s hair and cleansing needs, there has been a variety of products to choose from for every age-group of kids. So what are these requirements and how should they impact our choice of a shampoo for our kid? Read on…
New Born Babies till 6 months
Every new born child grows up with a unique texture and density of hair. Some babies are born with very less hair while others come with a full grown density. Whatever the case, new born babies need special care not only with their hair but also with their scalp. With both my boys, there was a lot of deposit on their scalp that loosened out during initial few weeks. We had to take special care to regularly shampoo their heads with a focus on cleansing not so much their hair, but more of the scalp. As per my pediatrician also for little babies the focus should be as much on cleansing the scalp as it should be to maintain the texture of hair. Based on this advice, I used Head to Toe Baby Wash by Johnson & Johnson for my elder son for the first couple of months. For my younger son one had the luxury to use the Aveeno Wash & Shampoo as I had a cousin traveling back from the US and she gave it to me saying that Aveeno is the most trusted brand abroad for babies.
Till the kids turn 6 months old, it is usually simple to figure out their nutrition quotient because it is directly related to what you’ve been feeding yourself. But as soon as the solid foods are induced, nutrition becomes a concern, especially for mothers like me, who have the most picky eaters in the whole world. I may try to give them a balanced diet, but their intake of balanced amount of nutrients can never be assured. Now there’s this question of using the right kind of products that supplement through external application what internal consumption cannot supply. I wanted to use a shampoo that provided enough moisture to maintain the shine of my boys’ silky hair, but help the scalp add on some volume. For this task I trusted Johnsons & Johnsons No-Tears Shampoo. This simply for the reason that it met both my pre-requisites and also ensured that my toddler did not have any discomfort while using this shampoo.
Post Toddler Stage
From 30 months of age onwards, my elder boy started spending a lot of time outdoors. He was going to playschool and spent his evenings in the community park at various swings and slides. At the end of the day his hair was not only dirty but also sweaty. We live in Kolkata, where on any given day throughout the year, one would tend to sweat with very little physical activity. Thus I had to change to a stronger cleansing shampoo that actively removed dirt from his hair and cleansed the pores. Earlier for lack of choice, I alternately used the regular Johnson & Johnson Baby shampoo and a milder adult shampoo. But a couple of months back I came across the Active Ingredients Shampoo by Johnson & Johnson.
In my quest to provide the best and most appropriate to my boys I have discovered these baby and kids’ products. The views expressed are purely based on my experience. What are the special measures you take while taking care of your kids’ hair?