How to Make Hair Bows Stick to Baby Hair

by Jennifer Elrod

Newborn girls look so cute with little bows in their hair. The problem is getting the bows to stick in baby-fine hair. Use very small, lightweight bows for newborns. You can even make your own with a piece of ribbon. The backs of the bows cannot have a clip, clasp or any other object. Follow these steps to make a hair bow stick to your baby's hair.

Items you will need

  • Baby shampoo
  • Soft towel
  • Baby brush
  • Small ribbon hair bow
  • K-Y jelly
Step 1

Wash your baby's hair with baby shampoo. Rinse well with warm water, then towel dry her hair.

Step 2

Gently brush your baby's hair with a baby brush. Create a slight side part if you want to put the bow on the side of your baby's head.

Step 3

After her hair completely dries, brush a small clear spot on her scalp where you want the hair bow to stick.

Step 4

Put a small dot of K-Y jelly on the back of the hair bow.

Step 5

Place the hair bow on your baby's scalp, and hold in place for a few seconds.

Step 6

Allow the jelly to dry, then brush around the hair bow to blend in the hair around the bow.


  • The K-Y jelly washes right out with soap and water.

About the Author

I'm an experienced teacher with a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies-Human Learning. I've worked with various grade levels at different educational facilities. My expertise includes: lesson planning, curriculum development, child development, educational practices and parent involvement.