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wilykat 12-21-2008 12:49 PM

Co washing and self-feeding
So, my little baby-doll is quickly approching 1 and of course is refusing to let me feed her anymore. she has to do it herself. well, the only problem is that the food inevitably ends up in her hair! corn, peas, black beans, sweet potatoes, cheerios(?) it doesn't matter.

i'd like to cowash more but the food in the hair drives mr crazy. i currently use burt's baby bees body wash and shampoo and forget about conditioning unless i want wwIII. so has anyone found a conditioner that actually washes out whatever is stuck in the hair as well?


susancnw 12-21-2008 10:35 PM

When my little ones did that, I'd usually just hold them over the sink or tub and spray the food out with water. The only time that I had to actually toss him in the tub was when I gave him dried papaya...I'd heard it was good for teething....mistake for the mess. I had to use a bunch of conditioner to get it out...that was fun. Water wash always worked and I am assuming that you are washing it out as soon as she finishes eating. I dunno, maybe a hat to keep some of it out of her hair?

subbrock 12-22-2008 09:46 AM

water alone usually does the trick for my little girl. and i make sure that i comb her hair while its soaking wet, to get out any food pieces that may need a bit of extra help.

the conditioners ive used on her have been giovanni, elucence, and currently california baby calming conditioner (i think im going to stick with the california baby).

and maybe you could wash your little ones hair with shampoo once a week and then co wash the other times. that way she gets her conditioning and clean hair without wwII!

wilykat 12-25-2008 12:11 AM

Thanks guys. Actually, I try to get the food out as soon as she finishes dinner but sometimes she comes back from dc with food in her hair. i'll try the california baby and see how that works.


brdudeon 02-03-2009 10:18 AM

Curly hair and learning to self feed does present a challenge doesn't it?

If you haven't already, try drenching her hair with conditioner as soon as you get her in the tub. Leave it in while she plays. It will soften the food, etc in her hair and make it easier to get it out later.

It's what I do with my 2 year old curly. I put him in the tub, wet his hair, and cover his head with conditioner. I leave it on until I'm almost ready to get him out. Then I use my fingers to scrub and "comb" the food bits out. Once I'm fairly sure everything is at least loosened up, then I give him a quick rinse and pull him out.

Suave tropical coconut has good slip to it and seems to do a good job of loosening even dried on spaghetti sauce. I do sometimes have to scrub his scalp a bit with my fingers though if he's really done a job on himself.

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