Sometimes the refusal is also related to the defiance phase: because the child is currently discovering his will, it often has to be "against" to make it clear: I now know what I want. Often it is also uncomfortable for the children to get so wet and not be able to see anything. Or it's a mixture of all these reasons.
There are many tricks on how to get your child to enjoy or at least have their hair washed.
- Wash less frequently
The hair does not have to be washed every bathing session. Once a week is enough. Sometimes a longer break is all it takes to make your child forget why he's rejected a thing so far. Then it tries out the whole thing happily new. The bath time is often a special time, and the fight to wash your hair can ruin it for both of you. If your child knows that it's not a hair wash day, you can both relax and enjoy the bath. and your child can once again associate positive feelings with bathing.
If your child does not have too dense hair, they can try to get along for a while without or with very little shampoo. Even special toys such as paint soap or bath balls can make bathing attractive again.
- Solve the problem together
Change your attitude. The question is not whether or not hair washing, but how. Instead of fighting for it, work together to solve the problem. Maybe your child prefers to wash their hair in the shower rather than in the tub, and sometimes it hates the dry scrubbing and wants to try it for themselves ...
- Find out what dislikes your child
When it's old enough, you can talk to your child about washing their hair. What does not he like about it? Maybe it does not like water on the face, hates drying or finds the shampoo stinks. If you know which part of the process is causing the problem, then maybe you can change that.
- Püppi does it too!
Let your child wash his doll's hair in the bathroom. This could give you clues about what your child does not like. Sometimes you can wash your little one's hair while doing the same with his doll. If it makes the doll 's hair wet, then you may also wet your child' s hair (deny, such as - with cup / shower / washcloth ...) and if it shampoos the doll 's head, do the same with your child and so on.
- It should be fun
Put a plastic mirror at the end of the bathtub and help your child sculpt shapes out of the shampoo foam: horns and halos, curls and whirls will make it laugh. Maybe it does not even notice that it is washed at the same time.
- Do it together
Bathe and let your child wash their hair and make funny figures out of the foam or "styling" your hair - then it's your turn to do the (hopefully) washing your favorite hair.
- scene change
Try to use the kitchen sink as a hair wash basin. Put a thick towel over the drainer and let your child lie down on his back with his head in the sink. This is a safe and safe method, and the water can not meet your little one's eyes.
Once your child has seen you at the hairdresser, you can play hairdressing with him and explain that he is getting a hair treatment now.
- Distraction is announced!
Distraction works well in toddlers. Hang a funny picture or a mobile on the ceiling, which your child can look at during the procedure. Sing a special hair-washing song, preferably a loud, in which your child can tune. Play the Body Parts Game: Where is your nose, belly, knee? Until you have wondered through all the body parts, if you hurry, you can finish washing.
You can buy your child a so-called shampoo protection, which sits like an umbrella cap on the head and prevents the soap or water trickles into the eyes. You can also apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly on your forehead so that the water can not run into your face. Or have your child wear pretty swimming goggles - it keeps the water off and the little one can keep his eyes open underwater. It is best to wear the glasses yourself first, so that your child will find them exciting - you know that: "I want that too!"
If your child is about two and a half years old, maybe it can start something with reward systems. Basically, rewards should be used sparingly - but if a certain situation such as hair washing always causes the child problems, it may be useful to facilitate this single situation with small rewards. It is conceivable, for example, stickers or small window images, of which it may stick after each hair washing one.