I was unsure if I wanted to dive into another controversial topic as I recently published a blog post about introducing peanut butter to your babies which ruffled a couple peoples feathers but hey, why not? As always, this is my own personal opinion and experience. Take it or leave it!
I hear a lot women not only talk bad about getting your infants ear pierced, but also about taking them to Claire’s to get them done at. Which is funny to me since Claire’s is the world’s leading ear piercing specialist. Yes some of the employees are young but they had to complete an ear piercing training and certificate program to be able to pierce ears. I personally have had multiple ear piercings at Claire’s and never have had a problem. It never crossed my mind twice if I would take Lucy anywhere else.
Why pierce your infants ear?
Very simple… THEY DON’T REMEMBER THE PAIN!!!!! Does it hurt them? YES! Of course it does… but do you vaccinate your child? It’s the same quick poke, cry for a couple seconds and its over!.For the argument of it’s their body, their choice. Well… they can choose to take them out whenever they please. The hole will close up. It’s not permanent.
I took Lucy to get her ears pierced when she was 5 months old, right before her dedication service at church. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a nervous wreck having a complete and utter anxiety attack, breaking out in hives. I am so thankful for my sister-in-law and best friend Christina who came with us. I almost had to have a glass of wine at 11am before we walked in!
The employee was a very nice young girl who was completely confident in herself from the moment we walked in the door and said we wanted to get her ears pierced. She was professional the entire time and made the experience wonderful! Lucy cried for less than 10 seconds per ear and cries more when she gets shots at the doctor! I kept saying “That was IT!?” I was shocked she didn’t cry more! I was so relieved once we left there.
Lucy has had her earrings in for two months now and I’ve never seen her grab at her earrings, try to pull them out, or any sign of infection! It was the perfect experience.
What to expect & how to prepare!
- Your baby must have had the DPT shot in order for Claire’s to pierce their ear. Just throwing that out there!
- Give a small dosage of baby Tylenol (if you feel comfortably doing so). I gave her just half a normal dosage size before leaving the house in the morning just so it took the edge off a little bit. Just how you would before taking them in to the doctors to get their shots.
- Choosing the earring- make sure you are choosing a high quality earring for your child so there is less risk of infection or allergic reaction to cheaper metals. We went with a 14K white gold stud. Perfect little size and good quality.
- Make sure to read over all the forms they make you sign! They will clean their ears and place a dot on their ears where the piercing will be located on their lobe. Make sure you look and like where it is. Do not hesitate to say something if you don’t like the location of it.
- You will be asked to sit on the chair with your child on your lap. If they take a pacifier, I would give it to them before the piercing begins so they are calm. You will be asked to hold their hands down and their forehead so they can’t wiggle around. Moms- take a deep breath! This hurts you more than it does them I can promise you that!
- Included in the price is cleaning solution to go home with. I chose the upgraded rapid 3 week solution and HIGHLY recommend it! I cleaned her ears morning and night, twice a day and also rotated them front and backwards.
Here is some more information about piercings at Claire’s!