Newborn/Infant Hair/Skin Care

When your biracial baby is born, their hair is usually straight and soft. That is, it they are born with any. If you don’t know much about biracial or African American hair, this can be very deceiving. My mother (white) thought my baby’s hair would stay that way. Now, six years old, it is type 4b and very thick. See the pictures below for how much her hair has changed! I knew it would because I had friends with biracial children. There is really no way to know what type of hair your child will have. Even twins can have drastically different hair types. It’s a huge spectrum.

Newborn hair care is quite simple. Wash it once a week or so with a gentle shampoo with no sulfates. Shea Moisture has a baby line that would be appropriate. You may want to follow with a conditioner from the line also. It is usually not necessary to use any other products on a newborn. As they get older, if the hair is on the dry side, you can use a little bit of raw, unrefined coconut oil or other oils you like. Just don’t overdo it. A pea sized amount in your palm after you wash the hair should be enough. It’s always best to use the most natural products you can with babies. Depending on the hair type and length, you won’t have to start adding other products until they are two or more. I would start with a natural leave in conditioner, followed by an oil.

Skin care is the same way. All those baby products are overkill. It’s just about marketing. Using coconut oil in their bath water or putting it on after a bath should eliminate the need for lotions. If your baby gets a diaper rash, try using coconut oil and alternating with corn starch instead of using diaper creams and baby powder. It’s best to try the natural things first. With the amount of people getting cancer now days, we should try our best to eliminate carcinogens in our babies’ lives.

Thank you for reading.

-Sherry Ulvick

Muffin newborn Muffin hair 6

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