How long did you wait to pierce her ears?

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Mel - posted on 06/09/2009

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13 months. she doesnt pull at them they havent got infected and she cried for less the a minute. much easier when they are younger sometimes 3-6 months but its a personal choice

Christine - posted on 06/09/2009

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I'll pierce her ears when she comes to me and says, "Mommy, I want my ears pierced." :-)

Jaime - posted on 05/28/2009

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I am I asked the dr. about this and they said that they want people to wait until after 2 months so the baby can get the tetanus shot before. Some dr's offices do it there. I would trust a dr to do it better than going to the mall and getting them done.

Traci - posted on 05/27/2009

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For both of my daugthers I did it when they were 4 or 5 months old. I think those ages are the best for a few reasons. The pain is no worse than the immunizations they get anyway, so don't feel bad about that. Both my daughters stopped crying by the time we were walking out of the store. No big deal. Also, its better to do it before they are old enough to protest when you have to twist and clean them. Neither of my two girls have ever taken their earrings out ever, so I wouldn't worry about that too much. When you wait until they are older, they get scared, they play with them, won't let you clean them properly, etc. It's easiest to do it when they are babies, in my experience.

Lisa - posted on 05/26/2009

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I would wait until she says she wants them done. Could you imagine someone sneaking up on you without even having any idea and enduring that kind of pain.

Traci - posted on 05/24/2009

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Mine got hers done at 6 months. I thought it would be safest when she has reached half a year and i chose to do it young so i could clean it and take care of it. She doesn't even realize she has them. She only cried a minute getting them and she was fine

Krista - posted on 05/24/2009

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I think it's a strange thing to do to a baby. Why does a baby need jewelry? When I see a baby with her ears pierced, it always makes me think that her mom must be paranoid that she'll get mistaken for a boy or something. I had mine done at 12 and was so excited about it. If I have a daughter, she'll be waiting until at least 10 as well.

Jennifer - posted on 05/24/2009

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I got mine done at 5. I wanted them, I made the choice. My mom taught me how to take care of them and what I needed to do. Yes I was 5, but how I was raised I was raised to learn about responsibility. I never messed with them nore did I play with them to get them infected. I think that every situation is different because every child is different. Oh, it didnt hurt to get them pirced, it was the popping sound that scared me the most.

Tandra - posted on 05/24/2009

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The day my daughter went back to the doctor to get her first set of shots (I guess about 6 weeks) we took her to get her ears pierced. I figured it would be better to do it all in one day. She had already had her shots and tylenol. She will be 5 in July and has had no problems. She took it better than my husband did at the time.

Amber - posted on 05/24/2009

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Every parent ultimatly has the right to believe what is best for their child. I personally would wait till my daughter expressed interest when she was older. I had to wait till I was 13 to have it done, and my mom turned it into an awesome birthday experience for me. I got my hair done, my nails painted, and my ears peirced. It was a ton of fun and a great mom/daughter experience for me. Had my ears been peirced as an infant I wouldnt have the memory of this and that would be a shame for me.

Nancy - posted on 05/23/2009

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I'm waiting until my daughter is old enough to ask for her ears to be pierced. She started teething at 2 1/2 months and one of the things she does is pull on her ear....I'm thinking that getting her ears pierced before she has all her teeth would be asking for trouble.

Rosy - posted on 05/23/2009

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Quoting Brittany:



Quoting Laura:

It's better to get them done young. With my experience I got them done when I was 12 and I messed with them alot because it was cool and I was constantly changing them. I also had an infection because they used the generic studs in my ears. I can't have anything less than 14kt. gold which makes me kind of mad. My daughter has never with her earrings, and thats the reason why got her ears pierced so young. She doesn't notice that they're there unless I'm cleaning them, and even then she doesn't mess with them. It all depends on your experience I guess.






I agree Laura. I got my ears pierced the first time when I was 5. I played with them all the time and eventually I pushed one of them into my ear so bad my mom had a lot of trouble getting it out. It was bad. I also can't wear anything less than 14 kt gold. Becuase of this, I don't wear earrings. I'm not one to spend money on myself, however I will spend it on my daughter.






I want to get her ears pierced early so she doesn't realize it's there. Plus, I don't want her to remember the pain.






I had my ears pierced when i was 10 it was my choice and it was not painfull at all it stang for less then a minute!

Rosy - posted on 05/23/2009

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Quoting Brittany:



Quoting Laura:

It's better to get them done young. With my experience I got them done when I was 12 and I messed with them alot because it was cool and I was constantly changing them. I also had an infection because they used the generic studs in my ears. I can't have anything less than 14kt. gold which makes me kind of mad. My daughter has never with her earrings, and thats the reason why got her ears pierced so young. She doesn't notice that they're there unless I'm cleaning them, and even then she doesn't mess with them. It all depends on your experience I guess.






I agree Laura. I got my ears pierced the first time when I was 5. I played with them all the time and eventually I pushed one of them into my ear so bad my mom had a lot of trouble getting it out. It was bad. I also can't wear anything less than 14 kt gold. Becuase of this, I don't wear earrings. I'm not one to spend money on myself, however I will spend it on my daughter.






I want to get her ears pierced early so she doesn't realize it's there. Plus, I don't want her to remember the pain.






I had my ears pierced when i was 10 it was my choice and it was not painfull at all it stang for less then a minute!

Amanda - posted on 05/23/2009

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I did this at 4 months with my newest daughter, her 10 year old sister got her's done the same day. What a difference between the two, both were ok with the pain, but the older one got infections, contantly asking me to change out her studs before it was time to, and the baby never plays with them, doesnt beg me to change them. If I ever have another girl I wouldnt wait until an older age.

Ally - posted on 05/23/2009

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I would really urge you to wait a little longer...at 3 months babies have only had one full round of immunizations which don't protect many children ( which is why you get the same shots like 3-4 times in the first year). The worst place to get them done would be at the mall where they use piercing guns. Many states are trying to outlaw them because of their ability to carry diseases and their lack of ability o be sterilized. I too think earings look adorable on little girls however i would never let an 18 year old with a peircing gun who watched a video and then practiced on dolls near my babies head! If you do get them pierced i would suggest going to a professional / licensed peircing salon. These people on average have AT LEAST 3 years of traning and instruction on minimizing tissue trauma, disease prevention and infection control. They also do not use guns which are just vectors or diseases but instead use disposable sterile needles.



a little background on peircing guns



http://www.homiegfunk.com/gunssuck.htm



http://tattoo.about.com/od/psafety/a/pie...

Candace - posted on 05/22/2009

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i prefer to get them pierced early before she can remember the pain and so they can properly heal...when she gets older she can decide if she wants to continue wearing earrings or not...but i just love earrings on little girls....but thanks for all the posts...i plan on getting them pierced when she is 3 months...oh and i know about avoiding nickel guns...somehow using a nickel gun can make u instantly allergic to some metals

Jocelyn - posted on 05/22/2009

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also, i would be careful with they type of metal that the earings are made of. i am horribly allergic to nickle, and even have to be careful when wearing gold (white gold has nickle in it).

Jocelyn - posted on 05/22/2009

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while i do see how getting her ears pierced young can be easier (to take care off etc.) i have a great memory of my mom taking my to get my ears pierced, when i was about 5. i felt so grown up :) if i have a daughter, i'm going to wait until she says that she wants them, and they we can make a whole day of it. i would recommend that you don't pierce her ears with a gun (some professional piercing places will do baby's ears). the guns cannot be sterilized properly, and tho the chances are quite low, there is the risk of blood disease transfer.

Resha - posted on 05/22/2009

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I JUST GOT MY DAUGHTERS AT 3 MONTHS OLD AT CLAIRES. THEY SAY THEY DONT DO IT ANY EARLIER THAN THAT BECAUSE OF INFECTIONS AND THEY MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE PROPER SHOTS SO I SUGGEST YOU HAVE YOUR CHILDS SHOT RECORDS ON HAND..

Laura - posted on 05/22/2009

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Quoting Brittany:

Thank you for posting this, I've been wondering the same thing. Especially since my cousin gave me a pair of little hoop dolphin earrings for babies/children.

For those of you who have your daughter's ears pierced when they were infants, will they mess with them or get caught on stuff if they're hoops or do i need to stick with studs. If i need to stick with studs, for how long?


My daughter never messed with her earrings. They need to stay in at least six weeks before you take them out. My husband used to do piercings. He didn't do my daughters ears, we took her to piercing pagoda in the mall. They were really nice. My daughters earrings haven't gotten caught on anything and the little hoop earrings for babies/children would be just fine. My niece had a pair of those when she was 6 months and never got caught on anything. And you can buy 14kt. gold studs at some piercing places that's what we did with our daughter. We're not going to try the generic stuff until she's 3. Hope this helps. If you have anymore questions you can email me at lilbabefourlife@yahoo.com.

Brittany - posted on 05/22/2009

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Quoting Laura:

It's better to get them done young. With my experience I got them done when I was 12 and I messed with them alot because it was cool and I was constantly changing them. I also had an infection because they used the generic studs in my ears. I can't have anything less than 14kt. gold which makes me kind of mad. My daughter has never with her earrings, and thats the reason why got her ears pierced so young. She doesn't notice that they're there unless I'm cleaning them, and even then she doesn't mess with them. It all depends on your experience I guess.



I agree Laura. I got my ears pierced the first time when I was 5. I played with them all the time and eventually I pushed one of them into my ear so bad my mom had a lot of trouble getting it out. It was bad. I also can't wear anything less than 14 kt gold. Becuase of this, I don't wear earrings. I'm not one to spend money on myself, however I will spend it on my daughter.



I want to get her ears pierced early so she doesn't realize it's there. Plus, I don't want her to remember the pain.

Brittany - posted on 05/22/2009

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Thank you for posting this, I've been wondering the same thing. Especially since my cousin gave me a pair of little hoop dolphin earrings for babies/children.



For those of you who have your daughter's ears pierced when they were infants, will they mess with them or get caught on stuff if they're hoops or do i need to stick with studs. If i need to stick with studs, for how long?

Laura - posted on 05/22/2009

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It's better to get them done young. With my experience I got them done when I was 12 and I messed with them alot because it was cool and I was constantly changing them. I also had an infection because they used the generic studs in my ears. I can't have anything less than 14kt. gold which makes me kind of mad. My daughter has never with her earrings, and thats the reason why got her ears pierced so young. She doesn't notice that they're there unless I'm cleaning them, and even then she doesn't mess with them. It all depends on your experience I guess.

Emily - posted on 05/22/2009

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Wait until she's old enough to ask for them and take care of them herself.
There is NO reason to pierce an infant except for your own selfish vanity reasons. It's also dangerous. What if she's able to get an earring out eventually? She can choke to death on it.

Sarah - posted on 05/22/2009

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Quoting Samantha:



Quoting Sarah:

My daughter has to wait until she is 12 yrs old. Thinks it is silly to pierce baby's ears when they can pull on them and don't even care if they are there. For me it is part of becoming older and responsible. They are able to make the decision as to if they want their ears pierced or not. Then they are responsible enough to take care of them on their own and take on the responsiblity that comes with their decison. (12 yrs is when I was able to get mine pierced. Never regreted the wait. Funny thing now is that I work so much with little kids and babies that I hardly ever wear earings today.)






I'm so glad that you posted this!  I very much agree with this!  I was around 11 when my mom let me make my own choice! 





i agree with you both! i don't see why people feel the need to get baby's ear pierced!?! both my daughters can have it done at 11-12yrs if they want to. it's nice to have it done around that age because it makes you feel like a grown-up!! :)

Samantha - posted on 05/22/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

My daughter has to wait until she is 12 yrs old. Thinks it is silly to pierce baby's ears when they can pull on them and don't even care if they are there. For me it is part of becoming older and responsible. They are able to make the decision as to if they want their ears pierced or not. Then they are responsible enough to take care of them on their own and take on the responsiblity that comes with their decison. (12 yrs is when I was able to get mine pierced. Never regreted the wait. Funny thing now is that I work so much with little kids and babies that I hardly ever wear earings today.)



I'm so glad that you posted this!  I very much agree with this!  I was around 11 when my mom let me make my own choice! 

Laura - posted on 05/21/2009

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My daughters were done at 6 months and my niece had hers done when she was 5 weeks. My daughter never cried and neither did my niece. They've never played with them or anything.

Sarah - posted on 05/21/2009

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My daughter has to wait until she is 12 yrs old. Thinks it is silly to pierce baby's ears when they can pull on them and don't even care if they are there. For me it is part of becoming older and responsible. They are able to make the decision as to if they want their ears pierced or not. Then they are responsible enough to take care of them on their own and take on the responsiblity that comes with their decison. (12 yrs is when I was able to get mine pierced. Never regreted the wait. Funny thing now is that I work so much with little kids and babies that I hardly ever wear earings today.)

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Many of my friends have the grandmother pierce the ears around 3 months and none have had any problems. Some wait until 6 months when they can have it done at the mall. I have 2 boys so I don't get to worry about that until they become teenagers...unless by then it is not cool to pierce your ears anymore?? Hope you have a pretty pair of earrings, she looks adorable.

Samantha - posted on 05/21/2009

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I haven't run into this problem, but if I had a daughter, I would wait until she is old enough to make that decision.

Jaclyn - posted on 05/21/2009

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I got my daughters ears done at 3 months. She has had no problems with them, except for loosing one while getting undressed (more my fault). She cried for a minute when she got them done but i took her into the hallway at the mall and when she saw all the people she forgot about them. I am pregnant with another girl and will do hers at 3 months as well.

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