Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Baby Ear Piercing: What age would you do it?

Georgia turned 1 last Sunday!

We got Soph's ears pierced when she turned 1, so it was natural for me to book Georgia in at this age as well.

There's only place in our area that I could find to pierce ears as young as this, which I found really surprising..

I had my ears done when I was really little and I don't remember it at all. Then I had a second set done when I was around 15, and I hate the memory of it, and all the care I had to take to make sure my ears didn't get infected. Now I don't even wear the second set anymore!

So given my 2 experiences I had no hesitation getting the girls ears done at 1 year. We had 2 beauticians do Sophie's ears at the same time so there was only 1 moment of impact and it was over in a couple of minutes.

The girls went to do the same yesterday with Georgia but one pulled away at the last second as Georgia moved a little - fair enough too! So Georgia's took about 5 minutes altogether. She cried for a couple of minutes and by the time we left the shop she was happy and chatty again.

I think she looks adorable :)

What are your thoughts? Did you have your ears pierced when you were young? What about your kids? How do you feel about it?


  1. I had my first set done at 8, and it was so painful having them done one ear at a time. My second set at 15 and third at 18...although I never wear anything in the extra holes anymore. Given my experience, I had my daughter's ears pierced at 13 months. She was too young to know what was coming, and they did both ears at once. She cried for a few seconds and then she forgot about them. She never pulled at them. Now that she's 7, she loves being able to swap her earrings around, and she's old enough to care for not only her ears, but her jewellery. I would recommend having them done young because of our positive experience.

    1. I don't wear any in my extra holes anymore either, it's been 15 years and I thought they would close up, but not yet..

      Soph never pulled at hers either, she wasn't aware of them at all - neither is Georgia so far!

      Thanks for visiting Lisa xx

  2. Marissa,

    Admittedly, I know a lot of people have strong feelings when to pierce a child’s ear. “Let them decide” is being replaced by parental decision when mommy intuition knows, “earlier is better” from either personal or friend’s experiences of unpleasant childhood ear piercing. I think it just depends on your own personal choice whether or not you wish your baby or little girl to have pierced ears.

    When a New Baby is lying in your arms, you start to imagine his or her future. They are beautiful, kind little people with dreams of
    changing the world for the better. You want your precious angel to have gems hanging off of her ears but you know do not know when the right time is.

    The best time to pierce your baby’s ears is with in the first few months because a baby’s senses are not yet fully developed so they will not be aware of the pain for a long period of time. Some babies do not feel the ear piercing at all. You can get your baby’s ears pierced the week you take her out of the hospital, so it is not the time to pierce a child’s ears that you want to worry about. What’s more important is where you get it done.

    Initially, I was unsure too and worried what others would say if I was "one of those moms who pierced their baby's ears." I asked our ped for her opinion about having our dd's ears pierced. She reached in her pocket and took out a picture of her six month little girl with gold balls in each ear, saying," ...this is what I think." She encouraged me to go ahead and said it was best as an infant when mommy could care for them. She has never had a baby with a pierced ear infection, but has had quite a few older girls ages 2-5 who said they wanted it done, but failed to care for them. She gave me some " Care Tips for Newly Pierced Ears " since she had so many moms ask about having their infants and little girls ears pierced.Her comment to me about wanting to pierce my dd's ears was that I was a smart mommy for doing it early when I could care for them. When I heard this, I was relieved about worrying what others would say and tool her the next day to have them pierced :)

    When you create your checklist for new baby one of the thing you want to add is to research a good ear-piercer. Children fidget and cry so make you choose an experienced piercer that has done infant ears before. I have friends that got their ears pierced as a baby and their holes are crooked or uneven. Your children will have to live with these piercings for their whole life so you really want to make sure you know what you are doing and who you are trusting to pierce her.

    My ped and I cannot emphasize the importance of finding the most experienced person to pierce your baby’s ears. How do you find out how long they have been piercing ears? You ask them! Asking the manager or asst manager at places like Claire's, Piercing Pagoda or Merle Norman will usually lead you immediately to the right person. How to judge once you've arrived with your baby to have her ears pierced?

    Three things on your list should be 1) sanitation, 2)experience, 3)and patience are the most important things to look for in the shop and ear-piercer themselves.

    If any moms would like any of our ped’s care tips for infants, then don’t hesitate to write me an e-mail.


    1. Thanks Angie! I had a few friends in primary school with crooked ear piercing, so I was a bit worried about the experience level of the ladies that did Georgia's ears. It was nice to know that had done it before, and the fact that they took the time to walk me through the process, including how to hold Georgia so she couldn't move and get hurt, and having both sides done at the same time made the whole experience really positive :)
      Thanks for your comment xx

  3. My daughters (I have three) all had theirs done before their 1st birthday

    1. Did you go with studs or hoops M? Georgia's and Sophie's are studs..

  4. My twins are 14 months and I wouldn't even consider it until they are old enough to ask. I didn't have mine pierced until 18.

    1. A lot of my friends said the same :) Your girls are adorable - I just popped over to your blog, beautiful photos!

  5. I'm in the "When they are older" camp. My 22 yo still does NOT want her ears pierced and is so grateful i didn't decide for her. No 2 daughter had her ears pierced at 13. It was a special experience as a new 'teenager' and she coped with the upkeep extremely well. I wouldn't judge someones decision to pierce a baby's ears but for me, personally, I didn't think the decision was mine to make for my own girls.
    x KL

    1. Yep, each to their own I say - we all have different experiences and views. I love that idea of making it a special teenager experience, it sounds like it went really well xx

  6. Probably you shouldn't even think of your baby getting pierced unless he/she gets one-year old. I think after one year, you may get a piercing for them.



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