Prepare Your Toddler For A Haircut

If you're planning to take your toddler to a salon for a haircut, these tips might be useful in preventing delays and disruptions.

Toddlers are a lot of fun in many ways. At home they enjoy playing with toys while we watch, amused by their antics.

But take a toddler into a public place, and the situation can change drastically. Suddenly we may find ourselves trying to comfort a crying, fussing, struggling little one who is determined not to do the very thing we are trying to accomplish.

A haircut is one of these tasks that may be difficult to accomplish with a toddler. And a busy hair salon is no place for a little one's tantrum. If you plan to take your child for a haircut in the near future, the following tips might make it a more successful experience:

1. Make an appointment or stop in long before or after the child's nap. A tired, grumpy toddler will have no interest in having a stranger arrange his hair. Avoid nap time, taking your child when he or she is fresh and in a good mood.

2. Eat first. After a meal is a good time for many small children to go on errands with a parent. Provide a filling, healthy meal of foods that your little one enjoys so that hunger will not rear its ugly head at the salon. If your child is not eating well that day, pack a handy snack, something that won't spill and cause a mess for the stylist. Half a sandwich or a small baggie of cereal with a carton of juice may be enough. Try to get your child to eat in the car before going into the salon.

3. Cancel if your child is sick. While this goes without saying for obvious fevers and coughs, even children with an upset stomach or runny nose may not feel like having someone mess with their hair. You know your child best, so if it looks like this is not a good day for the haircut, postpone to another time.

4. Dress the child comfortably. This isn't the day for stiff new overalls or a stifling lace collar. Loose-fitting, neat clothing will help your child feel relaxed and up to the task at hand. Insist on shoes to prevent slippage on the salon floor, which may be littered with hair trimmings.

5. Take a fun toy. Letting your toddler hold on to a friendly plaything can keep his or her mind off the trial of a haircut. Whether used as a security device or a diversion, a familiar stuffed animal or toy train can help your little one relax and feel somewhat in control of the environment.

6. Have an idea of the style you want. Tell the stylist promptly to avoid wasting precious minutes may cause your toddler to become restless or fussy. Be prepared to talk the child through a haircut by offering reassuring words or playful interaction.

While adults think little of getting a haircut, visiting a salon can be a traumatic experience for a young child. Plan ahead to save the stylist, your little one, and yourself unneeded stress and tension.

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