Getting Rid of Cradle Cap

Oct 13, 2022

There are many things that no one tells you before having a baby. Hemorrhoids, leaky breasts, and. Inside of our Intentional Birth course, we strive to tell you the truth about everything so you'll find that we talk about it ALL. Even crusty baby scalps. ;)


Your perfect newborn's little head can develop crusty, oily, scaly scalp patches, known as cradle crap---errr, CAP. It's not itchy, it's not painful, it's just unsightly. And try as you may, a simple bath and shampoo will never get rid of this gnarly stuff. And those little combs and brushes designed to tackle the crusts? Well, we find they just don't get the job done. Never fear, I'll show you the easy way to eliminate cradle cap forever. Ready?



  • 1-2 tsp avocado or olive oil (can use more if needed)

  • old toothbrush washed in the dishwasher

  • small bowl of hot water

  • baby shampoo



  1. Catch your baby at an opportune time (i.e. right after a nap and a feed). Lay him on a towel and apply oil all over the crusty spots. Gently massage the oil into baby's scalp. Let the oil sit for about 10 minutes while you play with him.

  2. Next, grab the hot water and toothbrush. Dip the toothbrush in the water, test the temp on your arm, then begin gently scrubbing those yellow crusts. Continue re-dipping into the water and scrubbing.

  3. When all the crusts are gone, wash your baby's head over the sink. This may require two or three rounds of shampooing in order to completely clean the oil away.

  4. Run your hand over baby's smooth scalp and breath a little sigh of relief now that your baby is cradle cap-free!


Want to learn more about birth, postpartum, and babies? You'll find it all inside the Intentional Birth course.


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