For parents, to get the child’s first hair cut would
be an absolute momentous occasion but the average toddler, is however unlikely
to be enthusiastic. For this preschooler, being wrapped in a cape, sprayed with
water, and attacked with scissors would give a stranger anxiety experience. A
tot is typically nervous and uneasy in the face of any new experience. You have
to divide the preparation into two parts, one is few days before the haircut
and two is during the haircut. Since in the previous blog we discussed the
before haircut process, let’s talk about the latter now.
should be available: Even though it’s a slightly more challenging
position, having the child calm and sitting still will make the cut easier for
everyone. Your baby can sit on one adult's lap while the other entertains her,
and the little one feels safe and secure during the haircut which is a great
distraction from what the stranger is doing to her head.
concerns: If your main concern is hair in the eyes, let the
stylist/barber know so he can prioritise. In case the child gets fussy and
you’ll have to stop midway; you will at least have the most important hair
toys: If the child uses a comfort toy or a pacifier, bring
it to keep his/her hands and mind occupied while her hair is being cut. This
may help to keep the child’s sight away from the mirror so your child doesn’t
fixate on the scissors.
clothes: If he doesn’t readily wear the cape, and wiggles around,
keep a pair of clothes ready to change. Even if he wears the cape, chances are
that some hair may slip down his shirt. And having hair down his back is going
to make him cranky/unhappy, so it’s a good choice to change clothes after the
Don’t use force:
Trying to restrict your child’s movement is likely to lead to even more
locks out of your child's sight: They might give reactions like –
‘ouch’ or cry with a louder whine if they can see their hair falling!
Take break halfway through, or even a couple of breaks through the process.
family member- An entertaining older sibling or anyone from the
family who can provide some live entertainment may be just the thing to keep
your toddler happy.
moments- Ask someone to click pictures and make this day
baby curls- Some parents would want to save those first strands.
You can keep it in an envelope or glue into a scrapbook page along with some
before and after photos.
We’d love to hear, how did you get through your baby's