A Winning Formula for Cutting a Toddler's Hair

I think we’ve finally found a winning formula for cutting Gavin’s hair. Uncle Madan (sorry – I don’t know how to spell his name) seems to have the winning touch.


Check out that compliance…


No fussing – not even a whimper.


The end result – which is a lot better than the last cut (as I’m sure my SIL will agree).


In all honesty, I think Gavin’s recent compliance for hair cutting has a lot more to do than the person cutting his hair.  This has been the third hair cut where he hasn’t screamed and howled his entire way through the process and I think there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration.

  1. The fact that he is now older and can be reasoned with.  I really do think the real turning point came when I talked to him about what we were going to do and how it would feel using just my hands and not the scissors or the clippers.  After that incident, he never cried again.
  2. The fact that the last two hair cuts were relatively pleasant experiences.  I honestly think that every time he howled and cried through a hair cut, part of the trauma was probably more due to the fact that we forced him into it rather than the hair cut itself.  Then each time he found out he was going to get his hair cut again, the howling and screaming returned because he remembered how miserable he was on the previous occasion.
  3. I’m sure it also helps that he has different faces involved with the procedure (Uncle Madan cutting his hair – whom Gavin has never yet had a bad experience with, and Granny Leong holding him).
  4. And a new environment for the procedure – Daddy’s work place.

Even with this experience under out belts, I do wonder with a second baby on the way whether the screaming and crying will be unavoidable with baby number two or if that is just an inevitable part we’ll have to endure until baby number two is old enough to be reasoned with?

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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