10 Baby Hair Brushes for Gentle Styling (and Cradle Cap!)

Combat scalp scales and straighten up their strands with these go-to baby brush options.
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August 6, 2020
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Baby hair is pretty fickle. Some kids are born with luscious locks; others come out looking bald. What’s more, their strands may sprout out in patches or shed and regrow into a totally new ‘do. Needless to say, at one point or another, you’ll want to tame your infant’s tresses. So it’s always good to have a baby hair brush on hand for a funny case of bed—ahem, crib—head.

But hair isn’t the only thing that requires a baby brush. Many children develop cradle cap, which is a skin condition characterized by a flaky, greasy scalp rash. A good cradle cap brush can alleviate symptoms by getting rid of all that buildup. Here, we’re sharing the best baby brushes for your child’s hair and scalp.

Best Cradle Cap Brushes

Cradle cap is very common, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. These special baby brushes will help you rid your child’s scalp of the rash’s signature scales. And that’s important, since buildup could result in a worsening condition.

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FridaBaby DermaFrida the SkinSoother Baby Bath Silicone Brush

Many parents treat cradle cap at bathtime, which is where a baby wet brush comes in. Use FridaBaby’s antibacterial SkinSoother with a gentle cleanser to soothe baby’s skin. Bonus: To them, the circular brushing will feel like a lovely and calming massage.

Buy it: $11 for a set of 2,

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Safety 1st Cradle Cap Brush and Comb

We’ll dive into basic baby brush and comb sets in a bit. But first, here’s an all-in-one brush and comb designed specifically for cradle cap. The soft rubber bristles work to loosen scales while the fine-toothed attachment combs flakes out of hair. Plus, the device is easy to hold and maneuver, so you aren’t left fumbling (read: irritating baby).

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Buy it: $5,

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Innobaby Bathin’ Smart Baby Silicone Cradle Cap Brush

There’s no question about it: This fish-shaped cradle cap brush is downright cute. That said, it’s also very functional. The baby wet brush boasts over 3,000 micro-bristles on one side, plus bumps and grooves on the other. Together, they do an excellent job of removing stubborn dry flakes. Like the FridaBaby SkinSoother, it also has a convenient suction cup so you can store it wherever you please.

Buy it: $6,

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Scalp Scrubbie Cradle Cap and Baby Bathtime Sponge Brush

This multipurpose baby brush has hundreds of bristles that offer a safe-but-effective clean. For even gentler cleansing, switch over to the sponge end—it’s also great for rinse time when you want to wipe off leftover soap. Just remember: You have to replace all sponges, including this one, regularly.

Buy it: $9 for a set of 3,

Best Baby Hair Brushes

Some days, the motto is “crib hair, don’t care.” Other days, styling is a must. A baby hair brush can relieve your child of tangles, tidy up those adorable tufts and even stimulate their scalp—the last of which is thought to promote hair growth. You’ll want a baby brush that does the job delicately, since infant hair is typically very fine and babies are undeniably sensitive. These two options are safe bets.

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Natemia Quality Wooden Baby Hair Brush for Newborns and Toddlers

Many baby brush bristles are made from goat hair—yes goat hair!—because it’s super-soft. This brush promises to groom, sooth and redistribute oil for a healthy mini-mane.

Buy it: $13,

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Bachca Paris Baby Hair Brush

If you believe in the power of pampering, this fancy Parisian brush is perfect for your baby. (It’s never too early to instill in your child the importance of self-care!) It has a chic, modern design and detangles and smooths with ease. It’s suited for all hair types and is anything but an eyesore.

Buy it: $25,

Best Baby Brush and Comb Sets

Many of the best baby hair brushes are sold with accompanying combs. That way, you can really fine-tune baby’s grooming. Use the baby comb to tackle tangles and knots extra-carefully and the baby brush for styling. These sets have both so you can cover all the bases.

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Summer Infant Brush and Comb

This baby brush and comb set is Amazon’s top best-seller in the baby grooming category, so you know it’s good. The pediatrician-approved combo includes a soft-bristle brush for baby’s fine hair plus a detangling comb with round, non-irritating edges.

Buy it: $9,

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Safety 1st Easy Grip Brush and Comb

Safety 1st also makes a great (and affordable!) set. The baby comb’s duel ends make it more versatile, while the baby brush’s soft bristles won’t bother their sensitive scalp. We also like the thick and ergonomic handles. They make it easy for parents and kids to grip, which is key once your child’s old enough to practice grooming themselves.

Buy it: $6,

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The Joyful Baby Wooden Baby Brush Set

Shopping for the perfect baby shower present? Try this adorable four-piece set. The gift box includes one soft goat hair bristle brush, a massaging, durable wooden brush and a sturdy wooden comb. Together, they work to smooth and detangle baby’s hair and even prevent cradle cap. Better yet, the brand threw in a sweet wooden baby rattle too!

Buy it: $38,

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Mud Pie My First Brush and Comb Set

Here’s more proof that baby brushes and combs don’t have to be boring. Feeling sentimental? This luxe set doubles as a keepsake you’ll cherish for years to come. The bristles and teeth may have been designed not to tug on baby’s hair, but the “sweet baby” engraving will certainly tug on your heartstrings.

Buy it: $42, Published August 2019

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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