Handling Your Child’s “Baby Hair.”

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Parenting | 2 comments

Handling Your Child’s “Baby Hair.”

How long do you let your child’s hair grow before you can bear to cut off the “Baby Locks?”

I cried for three days when my three-year-old used the blunt-tipped, child-safety scissors to cut the left side of her shoulder-length, silky soft little angel hair to her chin. Not only was her hair gone, but I was forced to cut the other side off myself to make it even. It seems like this should be maybe an “oh darn” moment than a devastating trauma, but it wasn’t.

We want our children to stay babies as long as possible, and when their “baby hair” is cut they suddenly look like two years older. Every parent I have discussed this with feels pretty much the same way.The good news is that this is just a stage and we parents will get over it in time, although I can’t help but sigh when my 32-year-old son cuts his hair back down to one inch.

In the meantime, for those of us who manage to hold on to the idea that our babies will always be babies, we need a way to deal with longer hair that becomes tangled and painful to brush.

There are really only three things I have found to actually be helpful.

  • Always start with a small section of hair. Divide it into at least four parts. Start at the bottom of the section and move up an inch at a time and comb down to the end. You won’t believe how much easier this makes detangling.
  • Distraction is a huge help. This is definitely a good time for Angry Birds. Also, singing a song with your child will get you through smoothly.
  • Last but not least is Braiding the hair before bed. In the morning, you just take out the hair tie and brush it through. Don’t try a pony tail. Your child will find it hard to sleep with a hair tie and will usually it pull it out sometime during the night.

And when the time does finally come for the first hair cut, just focus on how absolutely amazing your “Older Child” is going to be and spend some quality time getting to know them.

Have a really amazing Day!