Cradle cap. To this new mom, it sounded like some sort of cute infant hat, but I found out that it is not quite so sweet and cute IRL. Cradle cap is officially termed infantile seborrheic dermatitis, but basically showed up like an uninvited house guest on my newborn baby’s beautiful head around two months or so.
Since cradle cap is basically harmless and will be outgrown by the first birthday, you don’t really have to do anything about it. That being said, it was driving me crazy to see these unsightly flakes and maybe more so to smell the awful scent of oil overproduction and dead skin cells. For this Type A mommy, it took all my willpower NOT to pick at it and try to take off the yellow, waxy flakes from my little baby’s scalp.
I heard from a trusted friend (who is also a mom and a doctor) that the little scrubby brushes may unintentionally open up the skin which might get infected, and didn’t feel comfortable rubbing oil on my young kid’s head (afraid it would get everywhere), so I felt kind of stuck in terms of how to rid my baby of these stinky patches. When two other friends told me they used a gentle foam shampoo, I looked into it and gave it a shot.
Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns smells amazing. Since it’s a light and airy foam, it doesn’t dribble everywhere, so it’s easy to control where it goes (not in my baby’s eyes!). At every bath, I used one pump and massaged it on my baby’s head for a minute before I rinsed it off. After just a few washes, the oily flakes loosened and came off. A few weeks later, Owen’s head was perfectly free of cradle cap and smelled like the sweetest baby scent. His fluffy little soft hair is now one of my favorite parts to touch, and even though he no longer has cradle cap, we still use it at every bath since it smells so great.