Haircuts and Ear piercing

Lysette - posted on 06/30/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 18 months old and has alot of hair, what age should she be to get a haircut and can i do it at home? and what are your thoughts on ear piercing? i want to wait till she is old enough and wants to get it done, or is it better to get it done at an earlier age?

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Amanda - posted on 07/04/2011

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i must agree. both are your own personal preference. I cut a,ll four of my children's hair at home the first couple times just to even it out and keep it looking healthy until they were old enough and sat well enough for a hairdresser. As for ear piercings I agree with sara hopkins. My mom did it as a special treat/girls day and it is one of my fave memories. I am doing the same for my three girls

Toni - posted on 07/03/2011

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My daughter had her first hair cut on June 17, she was about 13 1/2 months old! She was GREAT for the hairstylist, so much so they were all still talking about her the next day when I went in to get mine cut! I have a VERY well behaved daughter, so it depends on how well behaved your child is! Their hair will grow better and healthier after their first haircut. Wait until your child wants to get their ears pierced and can take care of them by themselves! I told a friend this and she didn't listen and her child's ears got so infected she had to go to the ER and now the child may never be able to have them done again!

Jane - posted on 07/02/2011

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We did our daughter's first haircut at 4 months because she had so much hair that it was forming a mat on the back of her head from being in her car seat. We did it at home. My husband held her and I cut her hair. My son also had a lot of hair so we cut his at about 5 months. His first barber shop trip was when he was four and it was a disaster because he was so tender-headed. We got a razor and shaved his head for a number of years.

As to ear piercing, we decided that the child had to be 1) old enough to ask that it be done, and 2) old enough to take care of the piercings so they don't get infected. I don't like the idea of making a permanent cosmetic change in their bodies without their permission. My daughter was 12 when hers were pierced, and my son was 14 (he turned out to be too young to take care of it but that is another story).

Jennifer - posted on 07/02/2011

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i pierced my daughters ears at 6 months, she never messed with them much and as far as the hair, my boys are 6 and 7 and still havent had a hair cut. lol they want long hair like their daddy. :) so like some of the others have said hair cuts are personal, so are the ear piercings, if you feel strongly about it then do it, but it wouldnt hurt to wait either. if your having doubts on either issue just wait and give it soem time until you are completely sure its what you want to do. :)

Elfrieda - posted on 07/02/2011

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I gave my son a haircut at 12 months and then again at 18 months. I had my husband hold him and we took it slow, while Bob the Builder was playing on the laptop. Of course, he was a little more interested in the scissors than the movie, but we got it done without tears or blood! :) I think it would have been harder in a strange place with a stranger doing it, but maybe that's just my kid.



I have hair-cutting scissors in the house because I cut my husband's hair, but any sharp scissors will do. Wet it down and comb it, and then it's easy to cut in a straight line. (and if it's a little crooked, just remember that your daughter can make any haircut look good! Also, when it's dry, you won't be able to tell.)



Oh, and earpiercing is something I'd wait on, personally.

Kayla - posted on 07/02/2011

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my son had his forst haircut at 12months, only because he had alot of hair and was just loking like nobody owned him lol, i wouldnt recommend doing it yourself, as it was a mission for a hairdreser let alone attemptingit myself!!! they had a dvd player at the hairdressers so we put the wiggles on which helped. def recommend the dvd player, as his 2nd haircut was at aplace with no dv player, and he screamed the whole time!!!!!!!!!!

User - posted on 07/02/2011

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I dont think there is a right age or wrong age its when you feel comfortable takeing her to get a haircut or cutting it your self..My daughter has a lot of hair and had her first haircut shortly after she turned one years old..A lot of people usually try to wait till there child is one-but thats bc its just preferance i wanted her curls for her one yr photo i had done right b4 she tirned one.. ear piercing personal..i wouldnt mind getting my four yr old ears pierced but my husband seems to think she should be old enough to take care of them and to really understand whats being done..? so for now I will not argue my point and will lv it alone.. : ) you always do what you feel comfortable with..everyone said to let my baby cry when i brought her home from the hospital..but she was adopted and we were just bonding..I felt as tho I needed to show her she could rely on me to be ther for her when she cried bc she needed something so I went when she cried..didnt seem to think she needed to cry other than a second to let me know...personal preferance..when she was 9 mos old i had to do the "cry it out" OMG i think i cried more than my 9 month old,,and they said shes cry 7-14 days...try 5 weeks-my daughter is strong willed...he he ok enough...hope it helped in some way..go with what your heart is saying,,,you cannot go wrong..

User - posted on 07/02/2011

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Haircut, when you feel it should be done.

As for ear piercing ........ when she is old enough to have it done and not before! To do anything that cannot be reversed to a child is wrong, and on babies and toddlers should be illegal!

Christina - posted on 07/01/2011

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Emma, it's not cruel. My 9wk old daughter didn't care when her ears were pierced and they were done one at a time. She was sleeping and all she did when they pierced them was open her eyes and grunt at me, then went right back to sleep. It didn't hurt her at all.

Amanda - posted on 07/01/2011

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My aughter is 21 months and has had 2 haircuts. I just take her in for a trim and tidy up when she starts looking scruffy. The same with my son who is 3.
Ear piercing - I haven't had my daughters ears pierced, I personally don't like it on little babies and toddlers so I will wait til she asks for them to be done

Stifler's - posted on 07/01/2011

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Haircuts, whenever they need it. Ear piercing is unnecessary and cruel before they actually ask for it to be done I won't do it.

Minnie - posted on 07/01/2011

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Hair cuts when it looks like she needs one. I actually like to give my children say-so in what their hair looks like, even at that young of an age.

Ear piercing: when she can understand what it means to have ears pierced, can be responsible for the upkeep, and only IF she asks. It is not our place to be punching pieces of metal into our children's bodies if they don't ask for it.

Christy - posted on 07/01/2011

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I wouldn't pierce her ears at this age, when they sleep the posts dig into their necks when they sleep on their sides and can be uncomfortable. As far as the haircut, I just cut my daughter some bangs and let the rest grow out. I will get the back trimmed somewhere soon, though.

Firebird - posted on 06/30/2011

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My daughter was over 3 years old before she got her first haircut because I wanted it long, I tied it out of her face from the time she was 7 months old and by 3 it was loooong, and she only got a little trim. I suck with scissors so my mom did it.

I wouldn't pierce an 18 month olds ears. A much younger baby, (like 2 months old) possibly, but at 18 months she'll probably just pull on them a lot. I'd wait until she was a few years older.

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Most hair places will give first haircuts for free. I took my daughter to get her's cut a few months before she turned two...when her hair was starting to look scraggly.

As far as ear piercing...I'm all about that being a privilege that an older child earns. When my daughter asks for her ears to be pierced AND when she shows she responsible enough to care for her ears and keep up with earrings...I'll make a girls' day out of it for me and her. That's what my mom did (for my 9th birthday) and it's still a great memory.

Christina - posted on 06/30/2011

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Hair cuts are personal. My family is Jewish by heritage so my mom did not cut my brothers hair until their 3rd birthday (out of respect for my grandma.)
Yes you can trim at home if your baby can sit still. I cut all my kids hair.
As for ear piercing, again, your preference. Does your daughter play with her ears? She might pull on them at 18mnths, or might leave them alone completely. I got my girls ears pierced when they were 8wks old and 9wks old. Its a cultural thing where I live (even though it's not my culture, lol). My rationale behind it was, if I do it now, by the time they are old enough to "play" with their ears, even if they pull them out it won't matter because their ears will be healed. Their ears have never had issues.
Infact my 8yr old just got a second piercing, her request and now my 7yr old is begging for one. I told her she had to wait until she turned 8yrs old like her big sister.

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