Bath time used to be a struggle for us. Why, might you ask? Because Lila cried EVERY.SINGLE.TIME we washed her hair. It was like she thought, “What?! You’re going to wash my hair? I had no idea! [insert ridiculous, at the top of her lungs, scream.]”
It was a shock to her each time.
We tried various accoutrements, but none of them helped with the crying. Still, we kept them in the tub. Now? They work and we couldn’t live without them.
Exhibit A. The shampoo hat.
A friend bought this for Lila after yet another, “Lila hates having her hair washed” rant. It didn’t work at first solely because Lila didn’t trust it. The hat = shampooing. Now, she LOVES the hat. She understands that when she’s wearing it not only does she look CUTE, but it saves her eyes (and her ears! Thank you very much, ear infections) from the water. It contours to her noggin and therefore protects her eyes from the wretched soapy, shampoo water of death.
$14.98 at Amazon. Buy here.
Exhibit B. The pitcher.
Lila’s aunt gave us a that pitcher also after I ranted about bathing my little cupcake. It ALSO molds to the child’s forehead and therefore allows you to control the water and semi-shield the kid’s eyes. If your child screams when water touches her eyes yet still refuses to look up when it’s time to rinse, using the pitcher in conjunction with the shampoo hat is perfect. No water or soap gets into her ojos (eyes.) This pleases her and us. This essentially means a scream-free bath.
$5.95 on OneStepAhead.com. Buy here.
Exhibit C. The shampoo/conditioner & body lotion.
Now that I know that Johnson & Johnson is totally fine with including formaldahyde-releasing preservatives in their baby shampoos since the FDA says they can, I’ve decided to stop using their products on my ladies. Enter, California Baby. While the product labels do need an aesthetic makeover, they’re serving their purpose in my house. We’ve been a fan of their sunscreen and now we’re using their body wash/shampoo and body lotion and it’s great. No adverse reactions. My children are clean and I feel good about what is touching their baby skin. (I’ve written about the calendula cream before here. It’s GREAT.)
Below “borrowed” from the California Baby website:
Shampoo & Bodywash gently and effectively cleans hair, face and body
using 100% natural and organic cleansing ingredients such as organic
soapbark, wild harvested yucca and super gentle glucosides that all come
from renewable and sustainable vegan sources. These all-natural
vegetable cleansers are non-stripping, sulfate-free, synthetic fragrance
free, naturally low foaming and readily biodegradable (that’s the term
for extremely and completely biodegradable). California Baby’s gentle
natural Shampoo & Bodywashes are ultra-concentrated, long-lasting,
allergy-tested, tear free, non-drying and leave skin soft and supple and
hair shiny and manageable. Formulated for sensitive skin and perfect
for the whole family, pick up any of the five California Baby all
natural Shampoo & Bodywash blends for happy and healthy cleansing.
Made in our very own FDA registered and Certified Organic facility.
So there you have it. Our current faves.