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Advance Planning To Make Your Toddler's First Haircut Go Smooth

At some point during your child's second year, it'll be time to trim those sweet baby locks. The occasion might be marked with a tear or two from you, as you realize your baby -- who's now sporting a new 'do -- looks all grown up. To avoid tears or tantrums from your tot, consider that a little advance planning goes a long way.

Tips for a Tears-Free Haircut

  • If you can, go to a hair salon that caters to kids -- sitting on a toy horse or in a sporty red race car is an excellent way to distract your little one from the scissors that will be snipping away at his hair.
  • If you opt for a general salon or barber, be sure to schedule the appointment with a stylist who has experience cutting children's hair. You need someone who's going to go out of her way to make your child feel comfortable and safe. At a regular salon, your child will need to sit in a booster chair. If she refuses to sit in the "scary chair" -- ask the stylist if she'd mind if your child sat on your lap instead.
  • Remember, timing is everything. Sitting still in a chair for 10 to 15 minutes is a huge task for a toddler -- and one she'll handle it much better if she's had a good nap and has a full tummy.
  • If you can, swing by the salon before the actual date to acquaint your toddler with the setting. If it's not feasible, play beauty salon or barber shop at home -- sit her in her high chair, spritz her hair with a water bottle, and pretend you're cutting her hair while you hold a scissor. Don't forget to tell her how beautiful she looks with her new haircut!
  • Come armed with distractions. A little satchel full of toy figurines brought from home might be just enough to keep her happy and preoccupied. And, of course, you can't overlook the amazing calming powers of a simple tiny lollipop -- so be sure to pack one of these as well. (If you're lucky the salon will have their own stash of toys and lollipops you can take advantage of for the next haircut.)
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