At what age did you get your daughters ears pierced?

Kirsten - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 311 moms have responded )

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Can't decide if now is a good time to get her ears peirced or not. My mom did all 5 of her girls' ears on our 3rd bithday. What about you guys? And why?

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Yolanda - posted on 09/24/2009

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I did my daughter's ears at three months. She didn't quite know what was going on & I didnt havé to worry about her pulling or bothering with them too much at that age so the healing went off without a hitch. I on the other hand did mine when I was 15. lol

Brandi - posted on 09/23/2009

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Both of my girls had their ears peirced when they were 8 weeks old, now alot of people think thats cruel and will have something to say but it worked perfect for me. They don't pull them they are easy to clean, and by the time they can pull them, they are so used to them its like they are not even there. If you wait til the age of three, she will be able to put up a fight after they do the first ear she surely won't want the second one done. And it is not that bad on a baby. Mine both cried for 3 seconds and thats all. I never had any problems with infecton or anything. But no matter what anyone says, it your choice do what you want to do. I hope I helped you out.

Beth - posted on 09/24/2009

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I had my daughter's ears pierced when she was 2 months old a couple days after she got her shots. Before anyone says that's mean think again! The reason I did it that soon is a nurse told me babies don't have nerve endings in there ear lobes yet so it won't hurt her at all. She was right because my daughter didn't cry at all and didn't even flinch when I cleaned them a couple times a day. I didn't have my ears pierced until I was about 12 years old but I always wanted them done as a younger child but was too scared it would hurt so I didn't want it to hurt my daughter or her be scared to have it done.

Erika - posted on 09/23/2009

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I got my daughter's ears pierced at 11 months, and it has turned out just fine so far, but if I have another girl, I will do it a few months earlier than that. We just think it's super cute when little girls have earings in. Also, I'm no doctor, so I don't know if this is fact or not, but somebody told us that the nerve endings in your ears aren't developed until around age 2. So, as long as you do it before then, it doesn't really "hurt" them, the noise just scares them. Also, I would advise choosing earings that are gold (white or yellow) and have backs on them that don't snag. We just twist our daughter's earings once in a while and haven't had any problems with them at all.

Carolyn - posted on 09/19/2009

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I've left it to my kids to decide. When they first asked I explained that it hurts and can hurt for some time after and explained they have to be responsible and keep them clean ect. My two eldest girls both asked while in Prep, when I told them about the pain and encouraged they ask friends who had thiers done, they both chose to wait. Both decided to have theirs done in grade 1.

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Siobhan - posted on 09/24/2009

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hi ya i did my daughters ears when she was about 2 1/2 the first time but she had a bad reaction and her ears went septic then did them again when she was 5 but same thing happened but i no other people that have done it around 2 and they were fine all i would say is dont buy cheep earings and do clean them often and twist them my daughter wount wear any earings now and i dont blame her !!! good luck :)

Jess - posted on 09/24/2009

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we had our daughters done at 3 months. We were told by many others that this is a good age because they will not pull at them and touch them. By the time she is old enough to she will be so used to them. Cleaning them 3 times a day was so much easier at this age too.

Paula - posted on 09/24/2009

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6 months! i wanted them pierced and since she was so little, there was no possibility of infection because she was too young to play with them!

Kathe - posted on 09/24/2009

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I had my daughters done at 3 months, they are too young to mess with them and get them infected. She is now 7 and is happy I did it when she was young and doesn't remember anything =)

Danielle - posted on 09/24/2009

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My oldest at 2months, no issues. My 3yo at 2yoa and she pulled them out 1 by 1. My third will get hers pierced ASAP!

Danielle - posted on 09/24/2009

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My oldest at 2months, no issues. My 3yo at 2yoa and she pulled them out 1 by 1. My third will get hers pierced ASAP!

Chasity - posted on 09/24/2009

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my daughter was only 2 months old and I am glad I did it that way because she dosnt even remember the pain.

Josie - posted on 09/24/2009

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I just got my daughter's ears pierced & she was 7-1/2 months old. I also thought it would be easier for her to forget the pain. She actually only cried when we had to hold her head still. She was a trooper ...I think I cried more! It may be a good idea to bring someone along to help support YOU! She has not even fussed at all about having them in. It's amazing, she even holds still when I clean them... I'm glad I got them done early.

Amy - posted on 09/24/2009

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I got my daughters done at 6months. I figured the earlier she got them the easier it would be for me to clean them and the lest apt she would be to play with them. She has done wonderful, I have never once seen her messing with them.

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I have had my daughter's ear pierced since she was 2 1/2. though i think the next daughter i have, i'm going to pierce them before he age of 1.

Ginette - posted on 09/24/2009

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My daughter was 4 months old. She just cried for about 2 minutes then was fine. It was easy for us to take care of them and keep them clean. I was worried about her pulling on them, but she never does. She is 26 months now, and she still doesn't bother with them.

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Quoting Kirsten:

At what age did you get your daughters ears pierced?

Can't decide if now is a good time to get her ears peirced or not. My mom did all 5 of her girls' ears on our 3rd bithday. What about you guys? And why?


I waited until my daughter's asked. It ended up being 4 years old. I figured if they asked, then they were ready. They were super excited about it. I also bought this numbing cream for their ears. You buy it over the counter at the drug store and put it on about 1/2 hour before piercing. That way it didn't hurt at all. We also made sure there was two ladies, so they could peirce both ears at the same time. Good luck!

Christi - posted on 09/24/2009

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I got my daughters when she was 4 months. The Dr recomended to wait until this time to build up immune in case they got infected. She did not cry at all with the first ear and the second one she cried for less than a minute. She has never played with them since they have been with her always. She is now almost three and has never had any problems with them.

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I got my daughters ears peirced at 6 months cause she wouldnt remember. that is when my mom did mine and my sisters then when we were 15-16 years old i got another set done and my sister has 3 sets but i dont remember the first one and neither does my daughter

Michelle - posted on 09/24/2009

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I had my daughters ears pierced when she was 3 months old. Our pediatrician recommended doing it then because she'd had her vaccines but hadn't "discovered" her ears yet - that way she'd be less likely to pull them out. Otherwise, he recommended waiting until she started school.

Sandra - posted on 09/24/2009

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I waited until they asked to have them pierced. They were both around 5 or 6 when they got them done. I had no problems and found that most places give you numbing cream/patches to use before they do it.

ANGELA - posted on 09/24/2009

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I just got my daughters done last month and she was only 5 months old then. I encourage you to get them done young as they dont play with them and you are in control of cleaning them to prevent infection. It was also the perfect age because when they are little they have both done at the same time... as they get older they will only do one at a time and then what happens if your child wont let them do the other!?!?

Bec - posted on 09/24/2009

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We had our daughters done the week she turned 1. I didn't bother her at all getting them pierced and didn't even touch her ears. We had no problems with them at all. Now she is 2.5 and loves them!

Good luck with your decision.

Veroushka - posted on 09/24/2009

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My pediatrician said I can do it as early as 3 months, and that's when I did it, for both my girls. I think part of being a little girl is having girlie things and earrings are one of them. A girlfriend of mine also has 2 daughters, her 1st she did at 6 months, her second is 3 years old still hasn't gotten them done and doesn’t want anybody to touch her ears cause she thinks it’s going to hurt… Whatever you decide, Good Luck!

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My mom let us decide. I was 9-ish. It was fine then. But when I was in HS and on the swim team, it wasn't such a good thing. Best to swim without. Too much of a hassle to keep track of them at the pool, etc.



My daughter asked when she was almost 8. I put her off due to soccer and basketball. That was like a year ago and she hasn't said another word about it. Even though I had my ears pierced, I am not a fine of piercing my daughter's ears - ages 2, 3.5, 8.5. My 3 nieces were pierced as infants and one is insanely allergic to most metals. My 2 step-daughters were pierced around age 7 and the older one still to this day (now 11) has issues changing her own earrings. The younger one (now 8) has constant problems with infections and ripping (due to sports and wearing dangly earrings their mother

always has them in).



For me, I prefer my girls un-pierced. I don't wear earrings, so it's not like I'm flaunting earrings and flashy jewelry in front of them.

Raina - posted on 09/24/2009

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i Peirced my daughters ears when she was 4 months old.....coz she wont feel the pain much and she wont touch her ears as she dont know anything......

Maria - posted on 09/24/2009

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For me it was cultural. My ears were pierced at the hospital, so it seems only natural for my daughters to have theirs done as infants as well. I did notice, from experience, that the younger they were, the less it bothered them. My first done at was 8 months, and my fourth, at two months and she didn't even notice. I used Emla, a numbing agent, and that also helps. It works for vaccinations as well.

Amy - posted on 09/24/2009

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I did my oldest ones when she was abot 2 months old that way she would mess with them as much. I didn't do my other girls ears at all and they are 7,5,and 3. Their daddy says they should be old enough to decide if they want it done and be able to take care of them.

Christina - posted on 09/24/2009

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i had my daughters done at 6 months. it has been my experience that if you wait, they know they're there & touch them therefore increasing the risk of infection and also they tend to lose earings easily. If your daughter is already 3, i would wait until she's older when she knows to take care of them.

Shauna - posted on 09/24/2009

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I don't like to put jewellery on my baby for the same reason I would never put makeup on her. I feel that the beauty of a child is their innocence. I also agree with other posters that altering a child's body for cosmetic reasons should be the child's choice when they are old enough to understand and assume the responsability of that choice.

Cara - posted on 09/24/2009

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I did my daughters at 10 months and it worked out great. She never bothered them and she is now 2.5 and they are still in.

Ludmila - posted on 09/24/2009

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my daughter was 8 month old. no reason really. i have scars from peircing because i was 18 at the time when i got my ears peirced, i guess it was one of reasons why i have decided to get my daughters ears peirced that early. She loves earrings and never had any problems with them. she is 7 now....

Reyna - posted on 09/24/2009

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I have 2 daughters age 10 and 13 months and got their ears peirced when they turned 2 weeks old.Most hispanic (mexican) people peirce their daughters ears when their newborns.I am about to give birth to another little girl in less then 3 weeks and i plan to do the same with her.Who am i to break tradition? huh?

Toni - posted on 09/24/2009

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hi i got my little girls ears peirced at 5 mths it didn't bother her and that way the earlier you get them done the less chance you have of them playing or pulloing at them.

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my daughter was 8 months old i thought it was perfect timing, it didnt bother her, never got infected, she didnt mess with the peircings shes now almost 2 and still doesnt because shes been used to them being there

Adele - posted on 09/23/2009

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I got my oldest done when she was 3 months old and my youngest at 4 months. I wanted to get them pierced as young as I could, and I wanted them done by 2 people at the same time, because at those ages they don't remember it and if you do them at the same time they can't anticipate the second one. (I used to work in a kids hair salon, and they made us do ear piercing there, and almost all of the older kids that we pierced freaked out and if the girls did the ears one after the other usually the kids didn't want the second one done.)

My oldest cried for a few minutes - there's no way I would have been able to get a second one done if I had only done one. She wouldn't have sat still!

My youngest only cried for about 30 seconds, and niether of them played with their earings at those ages.

My niece didn't get hers done til she was about 6, and she fooled around with them and ended up taking them out before the first 6 months was up and one grew over, so she had to get them done again (I think when she was 10).

I got them done at Claire's in the mall and they did great.



Good luck!

Ayshe - posted on 09/23/2009

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Quoting Kirsten:

At what age did you get your daughters ears pierced?

Can't decide if now is a good time to get her ears peirced or not. My mom did all 5 of her girls' ears on our 3rd bithday. What about you guys? And why?



i got my daughters ear pierced at 7 mths old, i know that when they get older they get too scared and wont do it because they think its too painful, this way she cryed for a couple of minutes and it was over and done with.

Maria - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was 5 years old. It was a present for me going into kindergarten, like me being a big girl for going to school I was a big girl and got my ears pierced.

Andrea - posted on 09/23/2009

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I got her ears pierced at about 4 1/2 months. Mostly because she had tylonol in her already and she barely cried for her 4 month shot that morning. I regret waiting so long though... she was very upset at me for holding her head still. If I have another daughter I will pierce her ears BEFORE she has head control. She was more upset about the immobilization than the earrings. We had hoped for 2 ears done at once - but one at a time worked much better for us.

Mai Anh - posted on 09/23/2009

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In my country (Vietnam), baby girl usually get ears pierced as soon as possible (so they don't feel hurt much). 2-3 days after birth, a nurse came to each room (in hospital) and asked if the mother want her baby get a ear-hole. If she want, the nurse did it and sometime the baby even not cry. And because the so small, they don't feel that little change, don't feel uncomfortable to touch it and the "wounds" heal very fast :D

Keitra - posted on 09/23/2009

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I agree with Willmarie...I got my daughter's ears pierced when she was 8 weeks for two reasons. Claire's wouldn't do it until she was 8 weeks and had gotten her shots, and I didn't want her to be able to reach up and pick at her ears if they were itching.

Marianne - posted on 09/23/2009

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i got my daughters ears done at 3 months. she was not able to play with them or get them infected as they healed. she got more upset getting her needles then her ears peirced.

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i got my lil princess' ears pierced while she was just 4 months old. everyone around me felt i did something very cruel, but im glad i went ahead with the idea because she's the only little girl who wears earrings and looks adorable! here in pakistan we have to go to a jewellery store to get the job done but my cousin in the U.S simply visited her baby's paediatrician to get the job done!

Alliann - posted on 09/23/2009

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My daughter got her ears pierced when she was old enough to ask to have them done. That way I made sure she was old enough to take care of them on her own.

Alliann - posted on 09/23/2009

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My daughter got her ears pierced when she was old enough to ask to have them done. That way I made sure she was old enough to take care of them on her own.

Lina - posted on 09/23/2009

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I did 4 mos. She'd had 2 of her vaccinations and it doesn't hurt as much. Also ppl were telling me how cute my little "boy" was :)

Elizabeth - posted on 09/23/2009

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you can get bubs ears pierced from 6weeks. i got my daughters ears pierced at 10weeks. she had a little cry & after a seconds was over it & went to sleep. i did alot of research before i got her ears done. Everybody has there own opinion about what to do... let them make the choice when there older, but if you do it now, if when she is older & doesnt like it she can just take them out...

do it before 3months because when they are older they will play with them & can get infected. getting them done as young as possible, they wont remember it happening & when they do get older they wnt touch them all the time coz the earings have been there forever...

i was told it hurts them less than immunisations.

my mum had mine done when i was 4 & i screamed & carried on after the first one, it took the hole day to convince me to o back to the other side, so when my next to sisters came along she got them done at 3months & was much better.



you should just to what ever you think is best.

Jennifer - posted on 09/23/2009

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My daughter was 4. She begged me, so I told her that it would hurt, and she would have to clean them every day. She still wanted them so we went for it. She didn't cry. Didn't even act nervous.

Tina - posted on 09/23/2009

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My daughter was 2. When she was born I was going to wait till she was old enough to ask for them to be peirced, but when my son was born he was in the hospital for 12 days and then 2 months after he turned 1 he got rsv and pnemonia and was in the hospital again for 3 days I felt bad because I had to be away from her again so my mom had brought her to the hospital and I took her to Braums and to get her ears pierced. I ask her if she wanted them done and she did and was so excited. After she was done she said "that doctor cut my ears" lol. She is 3 now and still doesnt like us to mess with her earrings but she is getting better. She wouldnt let me clean them at all I had to wait till she went to sleep, one of them got infected but i just put triple antibiotic ointment and peroxide on it and it healed up. I dont know if my story helps you but maybe it will.

Nicole - posted on 09/23/2009

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I got my daughters done at 7 months. When their that young they realize whats going on and get over the drama of the pain quicker. If she doesnt want earrings when shes older she can just not wear any

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