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Does anyone have any experience with going no poo with babies and young kids?
 

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I don't use anything on Kaius... he just showers with us and sometimes has a bath by himself (he'll be 2 in December)... Last time DH used soap on him his little penis got annoyed... so I don't even use soap on him... I just use a cloth and get all the important bits <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> he doesn't have much hair now though so... if he did it might be another story depending on how his hair was... are you thinking about it or need alternatives?
 

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We don't use shampoo but I do make my own soap and use that on occasion. Mainly they just play in the tub and the water does the trick but if they have food or something greasy in their hair that needs to be washed, I just use a bit of my soap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My son will be 2 next month and my daughters are 6 months and 5 years... my son has curly hair and quite a bit of it - so does my 5yr old dd. I only use water and aqueous cream on them so far...
 

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My husband is black so I'm sure if we ever grow Kaius' hair out again then we might have to look into something else because his hair seems to be drying out and if I have to put something on it to moisturize then I'm sure I will want to wash it out every so often... I'm hoping if I don't use anything his own oils and stuff will do what they have to do. His hair is curly too, when it's not cut really short. It was so hot this summer we decided to buzz cut it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My DS is 10 mo and he and I have been no poo since July. Great success. I just use water on both of us. We have fairly normal hair, and his is getting thicker every day. I, also, don't always use soap on his body (or mine :LOL ) because I feel that it can be damaging (ie stripping all those necessary oils). I just started using muslin-type bags with ground oatmeal, lavendar, and calendula in them for a nice scrub in hopes of replacing soap all together <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I was fortunate enough to browse another MB and find that recipe. Smells heavenly, too!<br><br>
Blessed Be!<br>
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I don't use shampoo on ds (almost 3 yrs old), I rinse with water and once in while if he's extra grungy I use my handmade soap - very lightly. So far this is working great, his very fine hair is shiny and healthy and no problems with his scalp either.<br><br>
There's a company I like called <a href="http://www.jessicurl.com/" target="_blank">Jessicurl</a> that makes products for curly hair, they use simple understandable ingredients that I am familiar with, which I appreciate... I have used some of their leave-on "de-poofing" products to tame a little frizziness in my nearly-wavy hair, it works well - and it washes out with water easily.<br><br>
If you are a do-it-yourselfer you can check out some natural recipes and make some of your own hair products like gel, frizz tamer or mousse out of natural things like Algin or flax seed.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just started using muslin-type bags with ground oatmeal, lavendar, and calendula in them for a nice scrub in hopes of replacing soap all together <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I was fortunate enough to browse another MB and find that recipe. Smells heavenly, too!</div>
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Now that sounds like a great idea!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/thanks.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thanks">
 

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I certainly wouldn't use baking soda and vinegar on a child- I know from personal experience that both are very harsh on the eyes!!<br><br>
I generally just wash ds' hair with water, or fill the bathtub with water, epsom salts, and lavendar oil, use soap on our bodies, then rinse his hair with the scented, slightly soapy water.<br><br>
I haven't been able to convince my girls to go no-poo, but I encourage them to only wash their hair once or twice a week.
 

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mostly, I just wash my girls' hair with water. Sometimes I'll scrub a little with a washcloth (even DD1 with hair down past her shoulders). If it seems they really need a good washing, I use the tiniest bit of organic olive oil shampoo (basically just liquified olive oil soap). I seem to use the "shampoo" once a month, if that often. They just don't need their hair cleaned like adults do.
 

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I don't use shampoo on my dd (she's only 3 months though and not too stinky/dirty). If she gets a lot of spit up in her hair I just use my own homemade bar soap (castille) on her hair when I'm bathing her.
 

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I've been doing no poo with my almost 3 yr old son for a few weeks - so far, so good. My 12 yr old needs to clean/condition however, because his hair gets weird (it's bleached, though, too...)
 

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Your welcome! I thought it was a great idea, too. My dear friend and I are both using them on ourselves and our babes and LOVE it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Blessed Be!<br>
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This looks like something I may try. I have a dumb question though, do you just ground it all up and then put it in the bag and use it through the bag? It comes through the pores right? Trying to visualize it hehe. Then you just dump the contents out when done and next bath you put a scoop in? Doesn't the oatmeal get things gooey?<br><br>
Can you share the amounts you use in your recipe?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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We only use shampoo if there is something particularly greasy or sticky in dd's hair - like peanut butter, syrup, paint, spaghetti sauce. That's probably just a few days a month.<br><br>
For her bath, I usually put a couple tablespoons of BS in the bathwater, and just pour it over her head. She hasn't had any kind of reaction to it, and she says the water is "more smoother" with the BS in it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We only use shampoo if there is something particularly greasy or sticky in dd's hair - like peanut butter, syrup, paint, spaghetti sauce. That's probably just a few days a month.<br><br>
For her bath, I usually put a couple tablespoons of BS in the bathwater, and just pour it over her head. She hasn't had any kind of reaction to it, and she says the water is "more smoother" with the BS in it!</div>
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I think I am going to try that out... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My ds is a little over two. I was curious about the no-poo idea so I decided to wait to see when he would need a shampoo. Well, I still haven'e shampooed him! His hair looks great. I do wash it with water and a washcloth from time to time if there is food in it. I actually get a lot of compliments on his nice hair (at least I used to before his sister cut his bangs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )
 

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I don't use soap or shampoo on ds4. I got to thinking 'bout how his hair is never greasy (although it is short) and made me rethink my own poo habits.
 

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Hi,<br>
I need suggestions/recipes on substitute for shampoo for my 6 year old. Currently I do wash her hair with shampoo maybe once or twice a week. If we go 5 or 6 days it gets a bit oily. Also she tends to get her hair dirty as it is shoulder length and she likes it down. As for adults do you have any suggestions for washing...my actual hair is dry but I have oily skin,scalp. My hair looks oily if I even go 12 hours without washing it...drives me nuts!
 

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I don't really have "amounts" per se...I just use my nose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . You mostly want oatmeal for the milky part, plus it is awesome for your skin, the herbs have healing and aromatic effects to take into account. You could just use oatmeal alone or add some powdered milk if you happen to be sensitive to anything....or just have an overactive nose like my DH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wild.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wild"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> . So, I use ALOT of oatmeal and then add my herbs as I feel are neccessary. I just throw it into the blender and make it into powder. Scoop some into your muslin bag and let it soak through with your bath / shower water so that the oat-milk comes through the pores, and then scrub your skin with the whole bag like you would a bar of soap or a washcloth. Afterwards, just dump it down the drain (caution: may slow your shower drain...oatmeal is rather goopey), compost it, or put it in the disposal. The oat-milk isn't goopey or sticky coming through the bag's pores...just very slick and silky. It's very nice...and smells wonderfully.<br><br>
Enjoy your shower!<br><br>
Blessed Be!<br>
Heidi
 
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