The first cut may be the deepest, but it doesn't have to be painful for mother or child. Taking the plunge and giving your lil one their first haircut is a momentous occasion for new parents. Though tradition says to wait until the first year before snipping away the baby curls, 22 percent of lilsugar readers clipped before their child's birthday. While moms may book a salon appointment for the perfect photo opp, a baby's cut can be done at home for those on a budget. And, we promise, no bowl is involved! To check out our tips,
- Take your tot to the salon with you so she will recognize the spray of the water bottle, the shine of the scissors and the combs and brushes that will be used for her cut.
- Prepare your kiddo by talking about how he will be getting a haircut like Mommy and Daddy.
- Plan the cut for a time when your child is well rested and in a good mood. First thing in the morning or right after a nap and snack are usually ideal.
- Enlist the help of a friend or family member to entertain or distract the child during the process. A high chair may be a good seating option.
- Give your child some toys or a spray bottle and turn on a video or the music he likes to keep him entertained.
- Wet the child's hair with a spray bottle and comb the hair in the natural direction of growth.
- Pull small sections of hair between your index and middle fingers, cutting the hair below the fingers in a straight line.
- Start in the back of the head and then work your way around to the front as you gain confidence.
- Cut small amounts first, knowing you can go back and cut more as needed.
- Be prepared to take small breaks to play with the child throughout the process.
- Invest in a pair of clippers that will only lop off a certain amount.