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My son’s first haircut

One of the most recurring questions I’ve had since my baby was born has been: When would I cut PF’s hair?

All question were based on different opinions and traditions. That is why today I want to share our experience.

PF's 2 years old bday party reading  the instruction on his new toy.
PF at his second bday party reading the instruction on his new toy.

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My Tradition, beyond being a myth

In my hometown we have the tradition of not cutting children’s hair until they can speak clearly. The million dollar question was always, ok but saying “Mom”, “Dad” or how many words? Hahaha

The reason for the tradition is this:

If a baby’s hair is cut before they talk, then they would not speak clearly or on time…

It is something linked to Sampson’s story in the Bible where it is clearly emphasized that his strength comes from his hair.

For a woman raised in a Catholic household and believing in religion, I followed this. It was my personal position to respect my culture, my tradition. Even when I had seen children who had cut their hair without any problem communicating or talking at an early age. It was simply my personal position to follow and honor my tradition as all my ancestors did.

But sharing my beliefs was not enough, because there were..

Other opinions

When my son was one year old, other opinions began to rain.

PF/Batman, Calling all the super heroes for his 1st bday
PF/Batman, Calling all the super heroes for his 1st bday

I will share the opinion that stood out and which I feel is related a little to my tradition.

The opinion was basically that it was time to cut his hair, so that it would grow strong, thick, and beautiful.

The basis of this opinion:

Experiences of their own, or because they know someone that did an early cut to their children’s hair as babies and it grew super beautiful…

The basis of this particular opinion closely resembles my tradition, since I also have friends who had their hair cut as babies and it did not grow in more than a normal, inherited way.

Our own Tradition and Opinion

I followed my belief, so I waited for my son to speak more than 20 words clearly, at about 19 months, I asked my husband if he wanted, we could do it now. However my husband, who had remained quite silent and without comment during the questions and questions, finally had something to say.

He respected my tradition and since it has a minimum of 20 words but not a maximum, He response:

Pf and Daddy, Disneyland Cruiser
Pf and Daddy, Disneyland Cruiser

“Let’s wait a little longer. He still has his baby hair, and eventually it will fall by itself and then his boy hair will come out. Also in the barbershop he will feel stressed, with a stranger touching his head and us trying to entertain him. He still doesn’t need a cut. ”

I said Waoo…. I really married my other half in any sense. Actually I hadn’t even analyzed it that way.

My husband also asked me why we were going to cut his hair while we were still in winter. His hair was going to help him keep his little head warm, since putting him in bedtime caps is not very safe. Let’s wait until summer.

I adore him. He thinks and analyzes all that concerns about our son too much.

I really wasn’t ready to cut his hair. But I also didn’t want people to keep asking me the same thing.

I really wasn’t ready to cut his hair. But I also didn’t want people to keep asking me the same thing. Thanks to my husband I got the strength to face the opinions that continued to come in the following months. Because, although I was very clear about our reasons, it affected me to be questioned. And a lot.

… it affected me to be questioned. And a lot.

Months went by.  My husband was right. His hair fell and we finally saw that his new hair was coming out. Or maybe it’s still baby hair … who knows.

The important thing is that all three of us were ready. And, at 26 months Paul Frank got his first haircut, done by Dad and Mom. Too soon or too late … who knows, the important thing is that we did it when the three of us were ready for it.

Because we decided to do it at home and plan to continue doing it, I will be sharing it in the next post. I will share our tricks to keep you from getting distracted and avoid leaving your child’s hair too short or uneven.

and at 26 months PF got his first haircut, done by Dad and Mom. Too soon or too late … who knows, the important thing is that we did it when the three of us we were ready for it.

Pf's play and learning time with his new haircut by mommy and daddy
PF’s play and learning time with his new haircut by mommy and daddy

Have you feel overwhelmed by opinions and traditions while you raise your child like me? let me know in the comments.

Oh, and about the cut, I am talking about it in my next blog (this one is a little bit long already hahaha) Please Click on the following link HOW I CUT  MY CHILD’S HAIR AT HOME, so you can get my little tips.

My son's first haircut 
in the midst of Traditions, Myths and Opinions.
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My son’s first haircut
in the midst of Traditions, Myths and Opinions.
www.latinamomblog.com

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