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I became a mom to a biracial baby for the first time in 2011.
I never really thought about how caring for her skin or hair would be different from my own–until I had to.
When she was about six months old, her straight dark hair changed into a head of beautiful brown curls. I had been using Johnson & Johnson’s baby body/hair wash on her hair.
Her hair started to look dull and frizzy, and one day after a bath a terrible rash was all over her body. After a frantic visit to the pediatrician, I discovered that many brands are not safe for infant (or anyone’s) skin.
At that point, I started paying more attention to the ingredients in the products I was using on her hair and skin.
Fast forward to now and I have 3 beautiful biracial children.
Gentle & Natural
After my oldest daughter’s outbreak, I began my search for gentle products for her skin. Now with three biracial babies, I even pay attention to what I wash their clothes in.
I used the thinkdirty app (FREE!) to scan items in my home to determine if they were safe for my children. I was amazed at how many everyday products contained harmful chemicals. Don’t believe me? Download the app & see for yourself.
All three of my biracial babies were born with very dry skin. It was red and peeled for the first month. The doctors and nurses suggested washing only once a week, because soaps can be drying to an infant’s skin.
However, when you are intentional about choosing products that are made with all natural ingredients, you don’t have to worry about drying out their skin.
My son loves when I use the baby oil on him. He feels like he is at the baby spa!
Babies have such delicate skin, so it is an absolute necessity to protect it from the elements (wind, sun, etc). There are so many products on the market now to keep babies protected from the elements.
The rule of thumb for dressing a baby is to dress them to the comfort level of your own. If you are cold, they probably are too. If you are hot, then they are probably sweating too.
If you like to take the baby out for a stroll, use the covers on the stroller to keep the sun out of their eyes and from burning their delicate skin.
Baby wearing is also a helpful way to protect your baby. If you are going to be out in public places, baby wearing keeps people from touching the baby and it limits exposure to the elements.
Keep Hair Routines for Biracial Babies Simple
My girls both have beautiful curls and I’m pretty sure my son will have curls too (right now his hair just curls on the ends).
If you were to ask me a simple routine for my girls hair, it will be difficult to narrow down.
For biracial babies, your routine should be simple. They don’t need a ton of products to define their curls. A simple wash will keep it clean and minimal products are needed.
As your child grows and their hair grows, applying a small amount of leave in conditioner can help moisturize and define their curls. Using products free of parabens, silicones and sulfates ensures that your baby will not come in contact with chemicals that are often found in various products.