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Prepare for Baby's First Haircut

Your baby’s first haircut can provide a scrapbook moment, complete with a photo and lock of hair — or a screaming, crying meltdown. To increase the odds for smooth snipping, stylists offer these tips.

Stop by the salon a day or two before to let your child play and see other kids getting haircuts.

Calm your own nerves. Kids react to parental jitters. Consider a salon that caters to children. Some feature videos, toys, cute chairs — and patience.

Make sure your child is fed and rested. Schedule the appointment after naptime.

 Bring a favorite toy or doll for your child to hold.

Stanley Thomas is a local freelance writer.

More First Hair Cut Tips

BabysToday article by Mark Stackpole

Cozy Friedman of Cozy's Cuts haircut chain, interviewed on CBS’s The Early Show.

eHow tips for giving the haircut yourself

Parents magazine article

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