How to Stick Hair Bows on a Baby's Head

Written by audrey pannell
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Many nurses working in a hospital's nursery attach a small bow to the head of a newborn girl before returning the baby to her mother. It not only looks adorable but tells the world, "I'm a girl!" It is extremely simple to attache the bows using the proper adhesive. If your baby does not have hair, do not fret. These bows simply stick to the baby's head.

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Things you need

  • Small hair bow (no clips attached)
  • Baby shampoo
  • Brush
  • Personal lubricant, hair gel or Karo syrup

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  1. 1

    Wash the baby's hair using a mild baby shampoo. Pat the hair dry.

  2. 2

    Brush the baby's hair with a soft-bristled baby brush.

  3. 3

    Put a pea-sized amount of personal lubricant (this is what hospitals use to attach bows), hair gel or Karo syrup on the back of a small hair bow.

  4. 4

    Place the bow on your baby's head. Press it into place gently. Keep clothing from touching the bow until the adhesive has dried.

Tips and warnings

  • To remove the bow, wash your baby's head with a mild shampoo. If residue is left on the head, use a brush to gently scrub the area clean.
  • A baby's skin is very sensitive. If you notice an adverse reaction, remove the adhesive immediately using baby shampoo and warm water.

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