Caring for your little one can be an exciting yet also anxious time, especially when they’re babies. It’s up to you to keep them not just healthy but also clean and looking put together. This includes caring for their hair.

No matter your baby’s hair type, those gentle tresses need to be cleaned and groomed just like the rest of them. Enter the baby brush! Baby brushes come in all forms, and you can even find ones to tackle specific issues — like the dreaded cradle cap.

We’ve rounded up 10 baby brushes that are perfect for unexpected tangles, dry scalp, or even hair types that need a bit more TLC.

Ultimately, everyone is going to have their own preference when it comes to grooming tools, especially those made for babies. But babies are wriggly, so we prioritized options that are easy for caretakers to use, even one-handed.

We also focused on a brush’s ability to tackle a specific issue — like cradle cap or extreme tangles — or on brushes that can be used beyond infancy. And, of course, we considered reviews from real parents, including those in the Healthline Parenthood family.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $10
  • $$ = $11–$20
  • $$$ = over $20

Best overall baby hairbrush

Big Bee Little Bee ScrubBEE Silicone Scrubber

Price: $

If you’re looking for a simple brush that can pull triple duty, look no further than the ScrubBEE Silicone Scrubber. This sturdy silicone bather can work as a brush and a gentle exfoliator for baby’s skin.

Best of all, it features a solid textured handle that’s easy to grip while you’re sudsing up your little one but won’t encourage the growth of mildew or bacteria.

At just 2 x 3 inches, it’s the perfect size for your baby’s head. And once your child outgrows the bath stage, this scrubber can be repurposed for at-home facials or even cleaning the dishes.

Best baby hairbrush for cradle cap

Fridababy DermaFrida The FlakeFixer

Price: $$

No parent wants to deal with cradle cap, but it happens. Thankfully from FridaBaby, the makers of the famous nasal aspirator, comes DermaFrida The FlakeFixer.

This three-step cradle cap system includes everything you need to effectively yet gently remove those stubborn flakes from your baby’s scalp. It includes a sponge, brush, and comb so you can efficiently tackle the condition with ease.

The sponge is used to lather your little one’s scalp and soften the flakes. The brush helps gently loosen the flakes, and the comb helps lift and remove them.

The set is a fan favorite — especially of parents with babies that had extremely stubborn cradle cap — because the comb, in particular, was very effective at lifting the flakes.

As one parent put it, “If there had been a second adult human around or it was deemed safe to take my hands off the baby, I would have snapped a photo of how amazingly (disgustingly) well this product worked.”

Best baby hairbrush for curly or coily hair

Ninabella Detangling Hair Brush

Price: $

Truth be told, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a baby brush that’s specifically designed for curlier or coily hair. Even with our research, the majority of brushes featured densely packed bristles that are a definite no-no for curls and coils.

But the Ninabella Detangling Hair Brush is a kid-friendly option that’s safe to use on all hair types, including 4C heads. Of course, if your baby’s hair is truly curly or coily, we recommend you use this brush only when their hair is wet and preferably after you’ve applied a detangler.

Best baby hairbrush for fine hair

Fridaybaby DermaFrida The SkinSoother

Price: $$

Truthfully, most baby brushes are going to be perfectly safe to use on babies with fine hair. But we like the DermaFrida The SkinSoother because in addition to the soft silicone bristles that’ll make quick work of baby tangles, it’s also easy to hold — so you have more control.

That’ll come in handy when you’re trying to hold a wriggly baby with one hand and brush their hair with the other. Plus, the SkinSoother comes with a built-in massager to help stimulate baby’s scalp, which may help their hair grow.

This is also another option that parents noted was successful in battling cradle cap.

Best wooden baby hairbrush

KyteBaby 3-Piece Brush Set

Price: $$$

Technically this recommendation is a bit of a splurge. But we think it’s a great investment that’s still relatively affordable — especially considering that it’s a three-piece set.

It features sustainably sourced bamboo construction and comes with a wood-bristle detangling brush, a goat-hair-bristle brush, and a medium-toothed comb.

The natural goat-hair bristles are perfect for stimulating your baby’s scalp and minimizing the incidence of cradle cap. And you’ll probably like that all three pieces have bacteria-resistant handles for added longevity and safety.

Best brush and comb kit

OCCObaby Wooden Hairbrush and Comb Set

Price: $$

For parents concerned about hair that won’t stay down, this set promises to reduce static so flyaways are a thing of the past.

The beechwood brush set includes a detangling brush with wooden bristles that have massaging tips, a goat-hair brush to help avoid cradle cap, and a comb with medium-width teeth.

You may like that the comb has a sturdy handle to give you more control. Parents love how soft the goat-hair-bristle brush is — and that it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Best keepsake baby hairbrush

Things Remembered Baby’s First Brush and Comb Set

Price: $$$

Sometimes you want a memento — a token to save from an important time in your baby’s life. While you most likely won’t be using this set regularly, it’s a perfect keepsake that you can have customized to memorialize your baby before they grow up too fast.

You can have both the comb and brush engraved with your baby’s birth date, their name, or a special message that has personal meaning.

Best budget baby hairbrush

Safety 1st Easy Grip Brush and Comb

Price: $

Truthfully, it’s not necessary to go overboard on a baby brush. Many babies don’t have more than a bit of peach fuzz. Even for babies with a lot of hair, there are plenty of affordable solutions.

If you’re working within a tight budget, this set is a great simple solution for general grooming needs. You’ll get a brush with extra-soft bristles that are gentle enough for your baby’s head and a dual-density comb that gives you options to tackle thick or thin hair types whether they’re wet or dry.

And you’ll likely appreciate that the handles are oversize, with soft grips so that both you and baby can easily hold them.

Best baby hairbrush for the bath

Scalp Scrubbie

Price: $

Bath time is fun, but suds and water can lead to slippery situations — so you may want a baby brush that gives you control.

The Scalp Scrubbie is a gentle two-in-one solution that combines a soft foam sponge with a gentle bristle brush. Use the sponge to gently lather your child’s hair and body; the bristles make quick work of tangles and even cradle cap.

Parents loved that this affordable solution comes as a sterile three-pack and that it can pull double duty as a nail scrubber, too.