If your twins’ hair is starting to look too unruly, then it’s probably time to visit the barber chair. As much as the growing locks are a milestone for your twinnies, their first haircut is a huge milestone for you — and one you may shed a few tears over.
Baby’s first haircut can go one of two ways: terribly, or for the few lucky ones, swimmingly. Surroundings play a big role and it’s all about timing. Some moms recommend not cutting the hair prior to a year old for the child’s safety — others have been doing it themselves since they were five months old (for the blessed baby with a dark set of curls). You need to guess when might be best for your children, but there are some tips to keeping them (semi) calm at any age.
Parents recommends keeping your tots in the know. “Toddlers don’t like surprises, so have your child watch you get a haircut or visit his barber before the big day…avoid using the word ‘cut,’ which may scare your child — use ‘snip’ or ‘trim’ instead. Let him play with a squirt bottle in the tub at home, and pretend to trim his bangs with your fingers. And read books about the subject.”
Also important is choosing the right place. There are many mom-and-pop shops out there with a pair of shears. You need to be up to date on who specializes in baby cuts, and someone that won’t freak your babies out. You also need someone that knows how to handle an anxious or skiddish child while in the cutting chair. We love Snip-its!
When it comes to twins you need to decide if you would rather have them get cuts one after the other or at the same time. Sometimes the more apprehensive twin might benefit from seeing his or her sibling sitting on the chair and having a good time. This can help with anxiety plus you’ll be able to be close to both your kids: watching one get a haircut while holding the other twin. However, if your twins are fairly independent and are comfortable with getting haircuts you can try getting them appointments at the same time, which is a huge time saver.
Going at it alone? Invest in a nice pair of scissors and some distracting items for your child — think snacks or toys — for when you make the cut. Stay upbeat and positive about the experience to get the kids excited. If you think something is cool, they’ll want to know why!
Here are some great book recommendations for this very moment:
Health Guidance also has some great pointers for baby’s first cut.
Good luck! Let us know how it goes!