Your baby may find it extremely difficult to cope with the situation where s/he will be wrapped in a cloth and a stranger will cut his/her hair with sharp scissors. Besides, s/he will probably have stranger anxiety and may not find the unfamiliar sounds, sights and smells pleasing. It can create disturbances in the young one’s mind.
If your baby has been born with thick hair, then by the age of eight months, trimming the hair would be a good idea unless there is a specific ritual like “mundan” (tonsuring), that your family wishes to follow. But if your baby was born with sparse hair then it is okay to wait till about 18 months for his/her first haircut. Of course, it entirely depends upon you and your family, on when your little one should have his/her first haircut.
If you do not want the first haircut experience to be painful, you may start earlier by describing your baby about haircut. You can take him/her along to watch you when you get a haircut, before s/he visits the hair dresser for the first time. Try creating an excitement about being wrapped in a cloth or getting the hair sprayed with water. You can even pretend to cut your little one’s hairs with your fingers.
Choose a salon where the hairdresser can properly handle a baby and trim his/her hair. As your baby may not sit still, the hairdresser and you will have to remain calm and deal with the little one with a lot of patience.
You can take a comfort object – like your baby’s favourite toy or bottle to the salon, at the time of haircut. This will help your baby feel distracted during the different sensations s/he will get during a haircut.
Choose the right time for the haircut. It is advisable to take the child sometime between mealtime and nap time. Do not go at a time when the child is usually known to be fussy about something. Make it a family outing and get the hair trimmed when s/he is happy and in a good mood.