BookmarkBookmarkTick

Toddler Haircut Advice?

How can I keep my toddler happy and still during a haircut?
ByElizabeth Pantley
Parenting Expert
Updated
Mar 2017
Hero Image

Think about the situation from your toddler’s perspective: You’re asking him to stay still while a stranger approaches his head with scissors! No wonder he’s a little freaked out. So try to lessen his fears by thoroughly explaining (and role-playing) the haircutting experience far in advance of the haircut. If he knows what to expect, he’s less likely to squirm and scream in the salon.

 
If you can, select a stylist or salon that caters to young kids. “Some locations even offer special seats, such as race cars or plastic ponies, for children to sit on,” says Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Discipline Solution. If a special seat isn’t available, ask if the stylist can make the chair go up and down (with your kid in it) before he starts the haircut; some kids are so charmed by the chair that they forget to worry about the actual cutting.

Remember that toddlers have a limited ability to sit still, so keep things short and sweet; you want a stylist who works efficiently, not one who worries about achieving a perfect ’do. And bring along something to keep your child busy. A small manipulative toy that your child can hold during the appointment is a good option, Pantley says.

If you’re cutting your child’s hair at home, “plant your child in front of his favorite movie while you cut his hair,” Pantley says. Don’t worry about screen time; while it’s generally best not to use the TV as an electronic babysitter, it’s perfectly okay to make exceptions for a haircut!

Related Video
Newborn baby close-up of its face with baby acne.

The 411 on Baby Acne (and How to Treat It)

profile picture of Anna Davies
Anna Davies
Contributing Writer
Baby laying down while mom starts to change his diaper.

Your Ultimate Guide to Baby Rashes

profile picture of Celia Shatzman
Celia Shatzman
Contributing Writer

Why Babies Get Hiccups (and How to Get Rid of Them)

profile picture of Meredith Franco Meyers
Meredith Franco Meyers
Contributing Writer
mom feeding her baby a bottle and reading him a book

6 Ways to Keep Baby Healthy

profile picture of Elena Donovan Mauer
Elena Donovan Mauer
mom holding hands with newborn baby in towel

7 Rules for Protecting Baby’s Skin

profile picture of Holly Pevzner
Holly Pevzner
Contributing Writer
tired mom holds her toddler

Parenting Pain Is More Prevalent Than You Might Think, Study Finds

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
07/01/2020

How to Treat Cradle Cap

profile picture of Paula Prezioso, MD
Paula Prezioso, MD
Pediatrician
Article removed.