4 Steps for Treating Cradle Cap

We always recommend starting with our signature Lavender and Rosemary Hair & Body Wash. It's a best-seller for a reason — it's completely natural, won't dry out skin, and lathers quickly. Using just a dime-sized drop, lather your baby up with our wash, paying extra attention to the cradle cap spots on their scalp. Don't be afraid to scrub a little bit with your fingers — the goal here is to soften and release the flakes.

After bathtime, dry your baby off and gently brush his head with a soft-bristled baby brush. We used this baby brush, but we also love the yellow sponge-brush combo ones from the hospital! The bristles seem to have just the right amount of give. Focus your attention on brushing out the little flakes we've loosened from the scalp.

Just before bed, smear a good bit of our All Over Ointment on your baby's head where he has cradle cap. Don't worry if it gets on Baby's hair! Our Ointment is thick (but not greasy) so it's best to save this step for bedtime and let it work its magic overnight. You're looking for a medium-thick layer here—you won't have to rub it in all the way, but smooth it in just enough so it won't rub off everywhere. And great news—it's safe for fabrics, so any residue you do get on linens or sheets will wash out in the laundry!

If needed, bathe your babe again in the morning to scrub off any residue from the ointment. Most of the ointment may be gone, but it's always nice to give your baby's head one more look over to see any spots you may have missed.

For most babies, cradle cap is cleared overnight after one treatment but for others with more stubborn cradle cap it might take a few more days. You can also do this on a toddler or big kid!
Have you removed your kid's cradle cap with All Over Ointment? How'd it go? Let us know in the comments.


I’m with the last couple commenters. My 3,5yr old has gotten it back with a raging case of cradle cap! Wondering how this has worked for others now that baby has a full head of hair? Took me almost two years from birth to get rid of it before.


Only took on treatment with all over ointment to clear cradle cap on my 3 week old


I started to see a little bit of a cradle cap on my 2 mo old the day before I received my first order of Tubby Todd. When I received it, I gave him a bath just with the hair and body wash and next day it was gone! Like magic! Thank you Tubby Todd ❤️


My baby has cradle cap on her eyelids. Any recommendations for clearing that up?


My 2 1/2 year old daughter has had cradle cap for a long time. Her Dr. recommended shampooing with head and shoulders twice a week. It didn’t do anything! I felt lost and had no idea what to do! I then found this wonderful post! I purchased the shampoo and all over ointment! I washed her hair and applied the ointment overnight. I shampooed her hair in the morning, and the cradle cap was completely gone! It’s a miracle! :) Thank you thank you Tubby Todd!!!! We love you!!!!!! Xoxoxo


I’m curious too. My little man is almost 2 and I can see cradle cap still in his hair…Just wondering how this would work with him having more hair now…anyone used it with their little people once they’ve got a head of hair…wondering if it leaves it greasy…really don’t have time in the morning to wash his hair.


Would this work for toddlet cradle cap as well? My 2 1/2 year old has a lot of hair, and has cradle cap pretty bad. It seems to come and go and we’ve tried everything it seems! Thanks.