18 month hair cuts

Rachel - posted on 07/17/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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was wondering how anyone gets thier 18 month old to sit still for a hair cut using either scissors of hair clippers as i cant get my son to sit still long enough and hes getting a mop top lol please help anyone :-) ♥

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Jennifer - posted on 03/18/2012

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little kids will never sit for the parents of family i took my son to a OLD time barber male NOT these kiddo salons where they can play your kid will learn just to sit there and get it done and get a sucker after dont ever take them out of the seat until they are DONE they're not gonna hurt him it will get done .l.my son is almost 9 and he likes to get his hair cut always( in the last 3 years) picks the same hair cut sits still and dosent talk lol and that says something cause my son is ADHD try it it worked for my son and 5 nephews and friends lol have fun

Nadia - posted on 08/01/2010

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Hey Rachel. The first time I did it I just put him in his high chair with some food...then started cutting. Worked quite well.

Jo - posted on 07/31/2010

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Heather, like you I do it in the bath - especially good for 19 mth old fringe & side burn trims - a bit at a time.

The big cuts we've done as a team, waiting until he's hungry a [non dinner] meal time and one feeds him yoghurt and fruit, the other cuts. we had to use clippers on one cut as it was time for the gorgeous curls to come off and as I wanted to keep some, i cut pretty close to his head and dad had to clipper to even it all up! it was pretty funny at the time.

dad does a great job, he's been cutting my step son's [19] hair since he was a boy. Dad has done a trim on his own but i wasn't there so don't know what bribes may have taken place..

Heather - posted on 07/30/2010

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My son is VERY energetic which makes cutting his hair pretty difficult but I've found it easier if I do it in the bath and use baby scissors. He's having a ball splashing, thinking I'm just washing his hair but I cut a little bit at a time. The baby scissors are curved so if he twitches or moves I'm not going to cut him (unless I'm not paying attention) and there is no noise to scare him. I catch the hair so it doesn't clog the drain and the bath ensures he's not covered in the loose strands when we're through.

Shelia - posted on 07/30/2010

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If you are doing the cut yourself, I find the best way was to do it while my son was asleep. (like I have to when cutting his toenails). When I take him to a professional, do alot of research on people who are experienced with children who move alot. I have a guy that does a awesome job no matter how much my son moves.

LaShana - posted on 07/28/2010

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well i have three sons 14 and 10 and 19months i've been cuting their hair for about 14years it's hard but the key is a pop or a candy that he likes like starburst it will take a while for him to get it open. or have another child in the room with him to talk with. i hope it helps.

Mindy - posted on 07/28/2010

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my aunt trim my daughters hair while i held her and she just sat there looking at her like what are you doing to me, she did move at all LOL

Tarina - posted on 07/28/2010

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If distraction works for your child, more power to you! If, like mine, he wants to know what is going on and what is making the noise and pushing in his head... it's going to be more of a dramatic adventure. I think the biggest part of any haircut for a child this age is to be ready for the (potential) fit. The buzzing near their head is scary. It goes faster if you just hold the head still and have someone else do the trimming and tolerate the crying and then give them a big hug afterwards. With my son, we've only done it once so far, when he hit 18 months. I sat with him on my lap, one arm around him to minimize the squirming and arm flailing, and one to hold his head when he got too wild turning his head. I know its terrible to hear them cry and scream from being held still, but that is way better than the chance of them getting cut by a frustrated barber who slips the wrong way trying to finish that last clip.

Anna - posted on 07/28/2010

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i am a hairdresser so my daughter see's me cutting hair all the time at home so she lets me do it bless her.my advice would be to take him to a barbers or salon with someone he knows has his haircut there and let him get used to the surroundings and then try getting him in the chair.i have worked in barbers and kids generally respond better to someone other than their parents cutting their hair,stylists are used to cutting kids hair so will have alot more patience for it.good luck.

Megan - posted on 07/28/2010

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Our little guy is very squirmy and hard to distract. But we try using TV and just keeping his attention focused on something else. While she clipped (very quickly), he still kept turning his head around to watch her. If your son is like mine, you're in for a treat!

Candyce - posted on 07/27/2010

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have someone hold his head at our house i use the clippers while my husband holds our 1.5 yr old twin boys heads

Stevie - posted on 07/27/2010

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The first 2 times we have given our son a hair cut we went to a salon. We decided that wasn't a good idea because he just throws a fit and his hair never turned out one length. So, we started to cut his hair at home. We had clippers already because I cut my husbands hair. I agree with the above comments... it is definitley a 2 person job. I give him a popcicle or something he can munch on and that seems to help keep him occupied long enough to cut his hair. Also, his daddy stands in front of him and talks to him trying to distract him from what's going on.

Crystal - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son likes to have a lollipop while getting his cut. but it only works if they can keep it in their mouth. otherwise hair will get all over it. (we learned that the hard way)

Jennifer - posted on 07/23/2010

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First, we take our son to a salon since the can work much more quickly than I ever could! They give him a lollipop and he gets to watch himself in the mirror. We bring a couple of toys and treats (like those organic yogurt melts that he loves) to help distract him. Usually that's enough. We recently gave him a buzz cut at home and we showed him it doesn't hurt by putting it on our own skin and then on his skin (on his arm) before going after his hair. Again, we gave him a lolli and he was good for the whole thing!

Katy - posted on 07/20/2010

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We just did a little trim last week. My mom used to be a beautician, and so she cut his hair while I held him. Try holding his head down on your shoulder, like he's giving you a hug. You know, how you do when the doctor needs to look in his ear? Then you can let his head up & turn his head the other way.

Michele - posted on 07/20/2010

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We have very quiet clippers and a portable DVD player we use on car trips so we put on Disney's Cars and let him hold the DVD player - keeps his hands busy - then one of us watches him and the other one cuts. If he squirms we wait until the movie distracts him again and start cutting again. It can take a while but it works with our 18month old boy.
Can't wait to hear other mom's strategies! Good Luck!

Judy - posted on 07/18/2010

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We have clippered our sons hair from an early age, and found that it was definitely a 2 person job! My husband also has clippered hair, so we found it best to do both of them together and let our son help to cut dads hair first them we do his. Sometimes it took a few goes to get it all done, but just persist, they do get better at it. Good luck.

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