Baby’s first haircut - when, how, why?
We know that little baby hairs are ADORABLE, but they will sooner or later need their first little trim.
Once you decide that it's time to find your baby a hair stylist, Jackie has a few tips for you, based on her years of experience working with children:
- Find a stylist specializing in kids' haircuts who has a lot of patience and understanding for the little ones
- Don’t plan on a haircut right before or right after nap time. Babies are the least tolerant of new experiences at those times, so picking the right time for your visit will be important
- Take it slow. It is totally normal if your child feels uncomfortable with this new situation. Asking the stylist to show your child the tools they will be using can help overcome the fear of foreign objects. If it’s the clippers they're scared of, ask them to turn the clippers on beforehand and touch your hand with them, so your baby can see and hear the noise before it comes anywhere near their head
- Use distractions. If your child is old enough, a lollipop or a movie can go a long way. Otherwise try giving them their favorite snack or a toy to keep them happy and distracted while in the chair
- If your babe feels most comfortable with you, you can ask the stylist to sit with your child. Most stylists are more than willing to allow you to hold your babe during the haircut, because sometimes plopping them in the chair by themselves the first time or two is just too much to ask
- Don't strive for perfection the first few times. If your little one doesn't like the process, it’s better to end up with a C+ haircut and a good experience, rather than push too hard to try to get every little hair and mentally scar them for a long time
- Take photos or videos of this big milestone to look back on in the future! You can also ask for the lock of hair or any other mementos you’d like to have from your baby's first haircut
- Once you find a stylist that you and your child connect well with, keep seeing that person to continue building the trust
- Kids love routines, so make haircuts part of theirs and keep a consistent appointment every 4 to 8 weeks