When is my baby ready for a first haircut?

Q: When is my baby ready for a first haircut?

A: There's no right or wrong time to go. If your baby entered the world with luscious locks, she could be ready for a haircut as early as 8 months. However, if she was a baldy, she may not need one until she's 2. It comes down to this: Do you want to preserve her baby look, or do you think she's ready for a big-kid 'do? Keep in mind that once you cut off those curls, they may not grow back. On the other hand, trimming superfine baby hair often makes it look thicker. --Mimi Greenwood Knight

Originally published in Parents magazine, July 2007. Updated 2009

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