Is it time to check off another milestone?
Your baby’s first haircut might seem like a simple task, but it’s actually kind of a big deal. For one thing, it can be stressful to get a squirming toddler to sit still long enough to snip the hair off their head without any kind of accident or mistake (even for professionals). And then there’s the nostalgia element: suddenly, your once teeny, tiny baby doesn’t seem so small anymore. They’re sitting in a hairstylist’s chair, looking like a fully grown child, and you’re finding yourself holding back tears. So, to make sure this big moment happens at the right time, let’s figure out when your baby’s ready for their first haircut.
While parenting comes with a lot of “rules,” you’ll be happy to know that there’s no rule about first haircuts. There’s no set age as to when you need to grab a pair of scissors and start cutting. The answer really depends on when your baby is ready. For little ones who were born with lots of hair, this could be as early as 8 months old. For those who sported bald heads for a while, their first haircut might not come until after their second birthday.
Even if you’re not emotionally ready to say goodbye to some of those little baby hairs, or even if they don’t have flowing locks that can only be contained with a ponytail, your tot might be ready for a trim. Deborah Coppola, master stylist and colorist at Keratin Xpress in Delray Beach, tells Romper, “Look at your baby’s hair when he/she wakes. Is it super messy? In his/her eyes? Does it tangle easily? Uneven? It’s time!”
Once you’ve decided that it’s time for baby’s first haircut, you’ll need to prepare them a bit. Your best bet is probably taking them to a professional — unless you have experience cutting a little one’s hair, it might be difficult (and messy) for both of you. Here’s how to make it as painless as possible.
To ensure your babe will want to go through this experience again, it’s not a bad idea to celebrate afterwards with a small gift or a fun surprise, like getting ice cream together. You should also make sure to shower them with praise about how great they look with their new haircut. It could make future appointments slightly easier for everyone.