First things, first. Don’t panic! Hormone levels drop right after birth, which can cause some babies to lose the hair they were born with. (New mums often lose large amounts of hair for the same reason.) Hormonal hair loss is most common in the first 6 months and you may find your little one’s hair grows back a completely different colour or texture!
Another (more common) cause for baby bald spots on the back of their head is friction caused by lying on their backs for long periods of time. We have put together some tried and tested techniques to help your baby retain their hair and keep it healthy, silky & smooth while you're at it!
Switch to silk
Silky Tots Silk Bassinet/Cot Slips and Sheets help to reduce friction on baby’s head by up to 43% (when compared to ordinary cotton sheets). This friction is what causes matting, knotting, frizz and eventually the dreaded baby bald spot. Silk is also hypoallergenic and uninhabitable by dust-mites which makes it perfect for eczema, asthma and allergies. Being non-absorbent, silk doesn't absorb the natural oils from skin or hair, it really is a wonder fabric!.
Silky Tots, the gentle way to sleep.
Brush before bed
Gently brushing baby’s hair before bed minimises the knots that turn into matts and eventually rub off while baby is sleeping. If you can make sure there are no knots present before baby nods off then you are one step ahead of the game! We love Natemia's super soft wood and goat hair brush.
Swap the sleeping side
If you’ve established a sleep routine, chances are you’re placing baby at the same end of the cot each time you put them down to sleep. This means they will tend to turn their head in one direction more the other (especially if one side of the cot is against a wall) meaning pressure on the hair and skin is not distributed evenly, leaving your babe with one spot falling short. Try alternating the end of the cot you place baby’s feet to even things up!
Avoid harsh chemicals
Try to avoid washing baby’s hair too often. Even if you’re bathing daily, you don’t need to wash baby’s hair daily. You might want to re-think the baby shampoo and conditioner too... Baby’s hair doesn’t need shampoo or conditioner as it is perfectly capable of self-cleaning. Rinsing with water is a much better option as it won’t strip natural oils from the hair, keeping hair follicles moisturised and therefore less susceptible to knotting and breakage.
Baby’s skin is also 30% thinner than adult skin, meaning it is much more permeable and susceptible to harsh chemicals. Check out Babyganics for gentle and natural baby bath time products.
Encourage tummy time
As well as encouraging a healthy neck strength and muscular development, more time spent on baby’s tummy will help to reduce the amount of time she spends on her back and pressing her head into the surface below.