To Pierce or Not to Pierce?My daughter is now 13 months, so my mom has been pushing for this piercing business for a while. And we've received at least 3 pairs of earrings since Little D was born, which she also likes to remind me. That's one of the reasons why we don't let my mom leave our house with Little D-except for walks around the block. We're afraid she might take off to some random place and bring back a diamond-studded, buzzed-head toddler. The whole shaved head thing is actually a common tradition in a few countries. You shave the head of the baby at a particular age. "Tradition since I can remember, so hair will have more volume for those who have thin hair," my mom says. It's done when the baby turns 1 year old in her culture. Funny thing, I even found a post about Tips for Shaving a Baby's Head, which shows how this isn't an unusual practice at all. So why haven't we done unto our baby as we've done unto ourselves, with the piercing and the head shaving? Especially considering between me and her dad we have had our ears pierced 13 times: me, 9 holes, 7 by choice; my husband, 4 holes that he can recall, 2 of which proudly displayed large plugs. (Just one of things that attracted me to him in the first place.) And, yeah, he and I have both had portions of our heads shaved at some point. Well, I can't speak for him, but I see my daughter's beautiful, naked, perfect ears and I love them just the way they are-free of bad smelling ear guck. But, it's more than that...I want to let her decide when it's right for her to experience that rite of passage: the first piercing! As for thickening Little D's thin, wispy brown hair (care of her Papa) I don't need to shave it. She's pulling it out on her own during her tired dance, pretty much just in straight rows on the left and right side of her head. What this is telling me is that this rocker doesn't want a shaved head-she wants a Mowhawk. So go for it, punk rocker. For the budding punk rocker in your life, here's a sample of "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" for your listening pleasure. Right now, buy Lullaby Renditions of The Ramones and 2 other CDs, and you get the 4th CD free as part of our 4th of July Special. Don't miss out!
To Pierce or Not to Pierce?
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I’m a piercing lover, have had many myself over the years. And there is no way I would ever pierce a baby’s ears, I’m always amazed that there are parents out there who would willingly inflict pain on their child for no good reason (cosmetic purposes do not count as good reason!), I remember my son’s first injection being traumatic because I couldn’t bear the sight of him in pain, even for a second.
And children do find ear piercing’s painful, especially when they are dragged along to a place that does it with the gun rather than the needle. I used to work in one of these places (luckily managed to get out of doing the piercing) and the screams of the children were horrible, and so many of them were desperately trying to get away before the second ear could be done. It is needlessly cruel.
The head shaving is a farce. Shaving a child’s head does not make it grow in thicker, it grows the same, it only appears thicker because it’s so short. It is scientifically impossible to change the dna of your hair, especially by simply shaving…lol
I work next door to Claire’s in the mall, if your child is crying bloody murder dont get their ears pierced. It breaks my heart to hear a child cry like that. We had one day where they held the child down to pierce their ears, you could hear her crying and screaming through the mall :( I will get my girls ears pierced when they tell me they are ready I’m not going to force them cause it will look cute…it can wait.
I must have been a mean Mom since I had all 3 of my daughters’ ears pierced before I took them home from hospital.
I don’t think they felt it! I love babies with earrings.