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How to Trim a Baby's Hair

No matter how bald your baby is at birth, eventually you'll find yourself washing mashed banana out of her hair after every meal. Here's how to give her a trim.


  • Step 1: Choose time Choose a time of day when your baby is generally in good spirits and neither hungry nor tired.
  • Step 2: Place in high chair Place her in a high chair, or any chair with a restraining belt, and buckle her in. Pretend you're a real hairdresser and start chatting her up as soon as she's seated. It doesn't matter what you say, just be upbeat and reassuring.
  • TIP: Some babies are more willing to sit still on a loved one's lap. If yours is too, recruit your spouse or a friend to be the chair.
  • Step 3: Wrap towel Wrap the towel gently around her shoulders and pin it in place, or put the bibs on her, one facing forward and one backwards. And keep talking!
  • Step 4: Keep baby busy Hand the baby a favorite book, toy, or snack to keep her distracted and happy—and her hands busy and out of the way.
  • Step 5: Spray & gather Concentrate on the area most in need of a trim. Spray the hair and comb it smooth, then gather it between your index and middle fingers without bunching up the hairs.
  • TIP: If the baby is reluctant to have her hair spritzed and trimmed, spritz and snip your own to demonstrate that it doesn't hurt.
  • Step 6: Cut hair Pull the hair gently down and snip just below your fingers in one cut. Release the hair and let it spring back into place. If it's curly hair, pull it down as far as it will go before trimming to avoid cutting it too short.
  • Step 7: Talk & distract Any time your baby gets fussy, hand her a new distraction. And don't stop talking!
  • TIP: If she's fussy because the cut hair is falling against her skin, brush it off with a soft, clean brush. A large makeup brush works well for this.
  • Step 8: Clip strays Re-comb the spot you've trimmed and clip any stray hairs you've missed.
  • TIP: Your baby's hysterical and you're not done yet? Don't torture either one of you; stop cutting and do the finishing touches while she's asleep.
  • Step 9: Trim rest of hair Trim and neaten up other sections of hair in the same way. Now your baby will be prettier than ever—and you'll be cleaning the mashed banana off the floor instead.
  • FACT: Babies born with hair often lose all of it during the first 6 months, but don't worry—it grows back!

You Will Need

  • A baby in need of a haircut
  • A high chair or seat with a restraining belt
  • A bath towel and safety pin
  • or two bibs
  • A spray bottle filled with water
  • A comb
  • A pair of haircutting shears or scissors
  • And a toy
  • book
  • or snack
  • Another grown-up (optional)
  • And a soft brush (optional)

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