It’s time for your baby to get a haircut. Trouble is, he is likely to kick up a fuss and scream at the hair salon, turning the occasion into an embarrassing public nightmare.
When you think about it, there are good reasons why your baby makes such a fuss:
A salon is an unfamiliar environment for your baby: full of unusual noises, adults chatting loudly to each other, hair-cutting devices operating loudly. The overall impression created by the environment may intimidate your infant.
Depending on when you go, the hair salon may be bustling with people waiting impatiently for their turn in the queue. At this age, your baby could be going through a normal episode of shyness, and a stranger talking to him could be enough to provoke him into tears.
Scissors are sharp implements; a brush can snag on hair; combs can dig into the scalp. When he is uncomfortable or in pain, your infant can throw a fit.
What you can do
There are steps you can take to ease the process. The most effective preparation is to take him there for a visit a day before his actual haircut.
For example, take him there while his brother or father gets a haircut. That way, he can grow accustomed to the surroundings, the people and the experience, when he is not an active participant.
Potential tension surrounding his own first haircut is reduced.
Second, talk to him positively about the haircut before he gets there.
Explain that he will have fun and that you will hold his hand while he is in the barber’s chair if he wants. He can even take his favourite cuddly toy along with him.
There is no harm in tagging on a special treat at the end, such as a trip to the playground.
Lastly, have a word with the person who is likely to cut his hair. Check that he is experienced in dealing with young children and that he has a patient, relaxed approach. Choose somewhere else if you are not comfortable with his attitude.
Once you have completed the preparation and briefed your baby, you can look forward to having a pleasant first-haircut experience.