Hair washing battles and your toddler

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Hair washing battles and your toddler

Whether it’s a new fear or resistance, or one that has been going on for quite some time, having a toddler who battles at bathtime can be exhausting and stressful. If your baby has hated hair-washing for a while now, you may feel like you’ve exhausted all your options. On the other hand, if it’s a recent problem, you may feel stumped about what changed and how to fix it.

Why phobias develop (and continue)

There’s no one answer as to why your baby, or any other child, might suddenly refuse to have her washed. It may be a fear of the water, or she may have gotten some shampoo in her eyes one day when you rinsed the soap out, making her worried about a repeat. Whatever the reason, once the fear exists, it’s up to you to help her overcome it.

One reasons fears can stick around longer than they might otherwise is because parents feel that ignoring or downplaying the problem will make it go away. Instead, this can tell toddlers their fears aren’t being heard or respected, when they actually need to know those they trust are listening to their concerns.

There are a few different ways you can work with your baby to help get past the hair washing dilemma so her locks can shine once again.

Patience is key when it comes to toddler fears. Be gentle, understanding, and considerate of your little one’s emotions, and with enough TLC, she will be ready to wash, rinse, and repeat at bathtime.

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