Stay-Put for a Haircut Tricks

To calm a fidgety or unhappy kid through his first (or hundredth) haircut, Get ready. Bring your child to your next haircut so he sees it's not scary. Schedule it for after nap time or when he's awake and happy.

    • Get set. Bring along a favorite toy, book, or lovey. Don't warn the stylist about his nerves or fidgetiness in front of him.

    • Go! Have the stylist start with the edges (bangs, above ears, behind the neck) in case she doesn't get to finish. Let him look in the mirror as she works, and have her calmly explain what she's doing.