If you haven’t gone through the milestone of your baby’s first haircut don’t fret we are here to help you survive the process.  Yes, it can be stressful for both you and the little one but here are some tips for surviving baby’s first haircut.

When to Cut

There is no hard and fast rule as to when your child needs their haircut.  Some get trims as early as 8 or 9 months old and others wait until their child is 5 or 6 years old before heading to the salon.  You pick a time that you and your child are ready.  That being said there are some signs that your baby may need a haircut.

  1. Hair in their eyes: If your child is bothered by having hair in their eyes all the time, it may be time for a trim.
  2. Hard to maintain: If your child has constant bed head or it takes forever to comb out because they hate when you do it then shorter hair might make life easier for all of you.
  3. Uneven hair growth: Kids’ hair can grow in all directions, with longer hair in the front with soft fuzz in the back.  A haircut can even it out and make it look better.

The First Trip to the Salon

The first trip to the salon or barbershop is stressful for a bunch of reasons.  Your child is expected to sit still while a stranger is coming at them with scissors.  Even the most well-behaved child can get scared and that is why you should prepare before you come in.  Make sure you schedule a time when your child is awake and not hungry or exhausted.  Small children get tired in late afternoons or evenings so schedule a time that works for them.  You might even try pretend haircuts at home to get them used to the idea or take them with you when you get a haircut so the whole thing is not unfamiliar to them.

While you’re at the salon try not to get stressed out, kids know when mom or dad is stressed and they become anxious too. Bring toys so they have something to do or even snacks to keep them in one place.  You may have to hold their hand and chat with them to help them sit still.  Take them to a stylist that specializes in cutting kids hair, they will be more patient and know how to make kids relax.  They may even have to get the first haircut sitting on your lap.