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Baby’s First Haircut! 6 Tips to Making It Fun and Easy

08/21/2011 at 11:00 AM ET
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Besides being a monumental step, most parents think their child’s first haircut is the cutest thing ever.

But their little ones may have a very different take on the matter.

Strange surroundings, new people and big scissors can cause a major anxiety attack for some kids says celeb stylist and owner of Beverly Hill’s Tipperary Kids Debby Parker, who has styled everyone from Heidi Klum‘s kids to Mark Wahlberg‘s tykes, as well as the Hilton sisters when they were wee ones.

So to help get your tot ready for their big day at the salon, she’s put together a few tips that will help make the experience fun and less frightening.

Check them out below.

Get there early. Arriving 15 to 20 minutes before your appointment is a great way to help your child get acquainted with their stylist. That way, they won’t feel like a stranger is cutting their hair.

Make them comfortable. Sometimes the big chair can be intimidating so let them sit in mom or dad’s lap, or even bring in the car seat. The key is to keep them as relaxed as possible throughout the whole process.

Bring security. No, not a bodyguard, but a favorite toy or blanket. And if they have more than one, bring them all. It helps keep their mind occupied so they don’t focus on the big bad scissors.

Forget the cape. Being covered in all-over plastic can be a tad scary so bring in an extra shirt and let them change into it when they’re all done.

Be water-friendly. Many little ones are terrified of having their hair sprayed with water. So instead of a squirt bottle, ask the stylist to wet their hair using water in their hand.

Reward them at the end. Giving them their favorite treat when it’s all done helps them remember it as positive and fun experience. We gift our mini clients with a new little toy at the end of each service and that always brings a smile to their face

Courtesy Tipperary Kids

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J-Nelle on

I’m 25 and have never had a professional hair cut. There is no way I would give a toddler a professional haircut!!

melissa on

It is crazy that I never thought about this. I can’t remember my first salon trip but I am guessing I was around 2. I feel like I have been going to the salon weekly, forever. Anyways, I love going to the salon. I would hope my children share my liking.

Shannon on

Who cuts a baby’s hair!?

Maggie on

J-Nelle have you really never had a professional haircut? I’m your age and have an angled bob that has me in the salon every two months to keep it looking nice. Do you just have a basic cut? Do you do it yourself?

showbizmom on

I refuse to cut my daughters hair. it’s the odd thing with me. Hope I’m not the only one…. Good tips, but I don’t think I’ll be using them anytime soon.

Jillian on

I loved getting my haircut as a baby/toddler and so does my daughter! Thank goodness!

Shannon, there are tons of places that cut babies/toddlers hair. They are super kid friendly and we have never had a problem at any of them. Thankfully!

Kat on

Well my daughter didn’t get her first professional cut until she was over a year, she may have been like 4 or 5. But we did small trims at home. Now she.goes all the time. My son in the other hand, is 11 months old and has had 2 haircuts already…one at home, (his dad used Clippers to even out his hair), and a hair cut by his aunt. I can see waiting for a female child (it’s easier to put pony tails and such in their hair for daycare/school to keep it neat and keep away lice ect) but unless its for religious reasons, you like his hair long or u want to give him an at home “bowl cut” I think you should take ur son to get a professional cut once it gets long to keep it neat and tidy. Kids cuts are usually less expensive or even free sometimes.

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