Post # 1
Would you/have you?
I recently saw pictures on facebook of a girl whom I went to highschool with who had documented taking her 7month old to get her ears pierced… Including the pictures of her screaming like crazy and holding her head still to get it positioned right…
I personally don’t like the whole “baby with earrings” thing… I don’t get it. And I definitely don’t after seeing those pictures… I mean REALLY!?
But that gets me wondering… How does everyone else feel about this?
Will you get your child’s ears pierced before they are 1 year old? Why/Why not?
I personally asked when I was around 9 or 10, my mom let me at that point, but she wanted it to be my decision and wanted me to be old enough to take care of them properly. I later got a second hole (with my father I believe) when I was 14 or 15 (also my choice). My parents refused any other piercings after that until I was 18, to which I promptly got my belly button pierced on my 18th birthday, after wanting it done since I was 13… But my parents never forced getting my ears pierced. My sister has done the same thing with my niece, who got her ears pierced at the age of 6 (when she asked).
Post # 3
I did not have my ears pierced until I was old enough to ask for it and be able to take care of them myself (so like 5th grade or so). I don’t like people who pierce their babies ears.
Post # 4
My ears were pierced before I was a year old and I’m grateful that I don’t have that memory. I voted yes.
Post # 5
I was 9 when my ears were pierced. My daughter is 13 months old and I’m in no hurry even though my FMIL asks me all the time when I’m going to do it. I don’t understand the point.
Post # 6
I would worry about infections in a baby or toddler! My mom doesn’t have her ears pierced (she thinks its barbaric!) and made me wait until I was 12, after I had been BEGGING for years. I think once they are old enough to take care of it themselves and handle the pain, then its totally appropriate.
Post # 7
Ah, we had a big debate on this awhile ago. People feel strongly!
If you’re having a girl, will you get her ears pierced?
Post # 8
Personally, I wouldn’t do it. I can’t sleep with my diamond studs in because the post bothers me, I always wonder if studs would bother babies with pierced ears….
Post # 9
I had my ears pierced when I was 6. I asked to have them done and my mom told me it was my decision and that it does hurt. We made a day of it, I remember having sooo much fun.
I also know that in the Mexican/Latin culture it is normal to have an infant’s ears pierced. If it is their culture then I would not say anything about it.
Post # 10
I had my ears pierced within days of being born 🙂
Post # 11
Ditto @Ms. Caniche. I would never pierce my child’s ears until she was old enough to ask.. and I really don’t like the idea of forcing it on a child. BUT, in certain sitautions when it’s a cultural norm that has been in place for a very long time, I don’t feel it’s my place to disagree.
Post # 12
I’m with many of the other posters. I got my ears pierced around 5th grade which was when I wanted them pierced and asked for it. I can understand not wanting to experience the piercing, @hmaxwell77, but it really wasn’t that bad and certainly nothing traumatizing, so I don’t get the point of piercing when a child is young and didn’t have a say in the matter. I feel like anything that permanately alters your body (piercings/tattoos) should be the choice of the person who’s body it is.
ETA: Although I do agree with what another poster said – culture is important to people! Although I would never pierce my child’s ears until they wanted them pierced, I also probably would try not to judge others for doing so, especially since I can’t possibly know their reasons for doing it (unless they told me).
Post # 13
My sister’s ears were pierced before she was 1. I will do the same with my kids if I have girls. For one, you can keep the studs in for so long and it helps the ears heal better (they dont’ want to change them becuase they don’t know!). Also, at that age, you don’t remember any pain. I had my ears done a few times and I still remember the pain! I think it is really cute too! 🙂
Post # 14
I had my ears pierced as a baby. I’m very glad my mother did it!! I will probably pierce my daughter’s ears as well and if she doesn’t like them later in life, well she can stop wearing earrings.
Post # 15
I had my ears pierced when I was a few months old and I’m fine with it now. I’ll probably have my daughter’s ears pierced at that age, too.
Post # 16
My mom wouldn’t let me go until I was 15. I’d also wait.
After that it was a downward spiral, I’ve got 6 holes in my ears, one in my navel, had nipples done and had a more private area done. Those were the college days though, and I just maintain my ears and belly button now 🙂