Posts Tagged ‘first’

First Haircut

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

First Haircut

Babies have all the luck. They’re so cute that they make baldness, receding hairlines, mullets, and being chubby all look amazingly adorable. It’s a little unfair that we adults can’t enjoy the same benefits, but I guess it’s all part of being a grown-up.

At some point in your baby’s life, you will probably have to consider orchestrating a real tear jerker (hopefully just for you): the first haircut. Even if your baby is bald and you fear he will never have hair (been there), I promise that he will.

When you decide this is necessary is totally personal preference. I know mothers of both girls and boys that say they still haven’t cut their preschooler’s hair yet, and others whose follically blessed offspring needed bangs or their entire head cut to get the hair out of their eyes before they reached their first birthday.

It can be a little nerve wracking to cut your baby’s hair. Some people opt to do it at home, other parents choose to take their baby to a salon or barber. It can be frightening to imagine an active child around sharp scissors, so a professional can be a good choice if this is something that worries you. Many cities now have children’s salons with fun seats to sit in, brightly colored walls, and sometimes even children’s’ programming on TVs. If your area doesn’t have one, or you aren’t interested in that sort of thing, most salons and barbers have padded boosters for the chair and cute kid-sized smocks for them to wear.

If you have an older child going in for their first cut, prepping them mentally beforehand is a really good idea. Letting them know what to expect and explaining what’s going to happen can help keep the experience a positive one. My own son had his first cut when he was still very young–we were pretty much just trimming his mullet (party in the back) as the business in the front didn’t have a whole lot going on yet. I don’t think he would have gotten a lot out of prepping him beforehand, so I went armed with bribes (Dum-dums) and everybody complimented his handsomeness repeatedly during the process and right after. He ate it up, admiring his little baby self in the mirror while the stylist cut.

The first cut can be a fun milestone for your family. If you can, invite family or a couple friends, who can also be enlisted to take a few photos if you like (so you can enjoy being in the moment). Many salons issue a ‘First Haircut’ certificate that usually has a small ziploc for keeping a lock of hair in. If this is something you would like, you might consider calling ahead to make sure it’s available. Otherwise, if you choose to keep a lock of hair from the cut, don’t forget a small bag. And maybe some tissues.

Meaghan Howard is a mom to two little boys, who still demand bribes and compliments with each haircut. 

Baby’s First Vacation

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Baby's FIrst VacationSummer is approaching and vacation time is on everyone’s minds. But now that you’re a mom, can you still take a trip? Of course! Babies are very adaptable and portable little people. Taking your baby on their first vacation can be a relaxing, enjoyable experience. So find a cute infant swimsuit, stock up on your sunscreen, and get ready for some fun!

Where to Go:

For my family, our vacations since children have been short but sweet. We have chosen to go on a 3-day trip for the past couple years. My husband gets to see a baseball game, we get to relax and play in a hotel pool, and we find a fun activity for the little ones to enjoy like the zoo, for example. Other moms choose to go on family trips with extended family. Sunny beaches like Gulf Shores, Alabama, provide a relaxing beach vacation spot. Try not to be too extravagant with baby’s first vacation. There is plenty of time to go to Disney World and other theme parks as baby grows. Keep it simple.

What to Bring:

In my opinion, you can never be too prepared when you have little ones. If you are hitting a sunny spot, remember some California Baby sunscreen. Bring a cute sun hat for baby. Remember extra outfits and extra toys. These Melissa and Doug toys are super cute and easy to pack. Most hotels and resorts have cribs available for use if you just ask. Also consider having a room with a refrigerator if you have breastmilk to store.

If you are vacationing in a cooler climate, consider baby wearing. Vacationing in a location like Seattle can provide beautiful scenery for hiking, and you will glad you have that Tula!

Don’t worry that you’ve over packed. You can never be too prepared!

What to Remember:

Keeping a good attitude is important when traveling with an infant. Remember that it’s your baby’s first vacation. Take pictures and video and make memories with your little family. Don’t sweat the small hiccups that you may encounter. If your little one doesn’t tolerate a plan ride or longer car ride, do your best to make them comfortable and push through. If your baby doesn’t love and adore the beach, don’t fret. Remember that you have a lifetime to make memories with your little one. Just have fun!

On my daughter’s first vacation, we traveled to Cincinnati for 3 days. We went to a baseball game, ate lots of yummy food, and checked out the zoo. The trip was full of great memories. I remember her smiles at the baseball game, looks on her face as she saw wild animals for the first time, bouncing her around in a baby carrier way past her bedtime so my husband and I could stay out later than 7 p.m., and the hilarious moments of trying to get a 10 month old to nap in a hotel room right next to my husband and I. Vacations change when you have little ones, but they are still something you will always remember.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two who lives and writes in Northeast Indiana. She is excited about taking her son Levi on his first vacation next month to Cleveland.