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Baby’s First Haircut? Tips To Make It An Easy Peasy Chop

In the wonderful world of parenting, every little milestone is a big deal! One such milestone that might have you scratching your head is your baby’s first haircut. From when to schedule that snip-snip to how to prep your tiny tot for their close-up with the scissors, we’re here to guide you through this hair-raising adventure (see what I did there?). 

In this guide we’ll be covering:

  • When should your baby have their first haircut?
  • How do I prepare my baby for his first haircut? 

When Should Your Baby Have Their First Haircut?

Babies’ hair can range from a few wispies to a full-on luscious mane. So, when is the right time to break out the mini barber chair? Well, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but here are a few pointers to consider:

  • 6-12 months: Some say that around six to twelve months old is a good time for that first trim. By then, your baby might have a bit more hair to work with and they’re able to hold their head up on their own making it safer and more comfortable for your child.
  • Straggly strands: If your baby seems to be channelling Einstein with their unruly hair, you might be itching to grab those scissors sooner. There’s no hard and fast rule – if the hair is getting in their eyes or looking particularly wild, it might be time for a tiny trim.
  • Family pressure: Prepare for your loved ones to start asking, “When are you going to cut that hair?” – it’s practically a rite of passage for relatives. If you’re feeling the pressure from your baby’s fan club, it might be time to give in (or hold your ground – it’s your call, after all).

How Do I Prepare My Baby For His First Haircut?

Ah, the big day is approaching! Get ready for a mix of emotions – from nostalgia to sheer panic (for both you and your baby). Here’s a handy guide to help you prepare for the grand event:

  • Practice makes perfect: Before the actual haircut, give your baby a taste of the salon experience. Play pretend by wrapping them in a towel like a cape, and use a soft brush or a comb to gently touch their head. This mini rehearsal might just make them feel like they’re about to get a royal pampering session.
  • Toy companion: Your baby’s favourite toy might just become their sidekick during this daring haircut escapade. Let them hold onto their beloved plushie or rattle to provide some comfort and distraction. Who knew a rubber ducky could double as a guardian against the scary scissors?
  • Back-up snacks: If your baby has started munching on solids, having a little snack on standby can be a lifesaver. A tasty distraction in the form of puffs or small bites can keep them busy while the stylist works their magic.
  • Bring in reinforcements: If your baby is a social butterfly, consider bringing a familiar face along for moral support. A grandparent, sibling, or even a close neighbour who your child adores can provide a cheerful distraction.
  • Chill parent, happy baby: Babies are intuitive beings, and they can often pick up on your emotions. If you’re feeling anxious, take a deep breath and channel your inner zen master. The calmer you are, the more likely your baby will be at ease.

The first lock of hair you save in a tiny keepsake box might make you chuckle in years to come as you marvel at how far your little one has come (and how many more haircuts you’ve weathered together). So, here’s to your brave little one, their new haircut, and the adventure of parenthood – where every moment, no matter how messy or magical, is a precious step in the journey.

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