I just got done skimming through a young mom's blog, somehow it popped up on my facebook feed and I just thought I'd give it a quick read. Her baby girl is now 5 months old, and in one of her posts she talked about the possibility of piercing her baby's ears.
Her argument was that her mother had done it to her when she was a baby too, and she liked it this way because "the baby won't even remember the pain", plus she thinks it's cute. She also claimed that it's smart because apparently, she thinks the baby won't pick at the earrings and try to rip them or whatever, which a slightly older child might.
What do you think?
In my opinion, I think it's completely unnecessary and so superficial. Babies don't need earrings, and I've always strongly opposed altering your baby's appearance without their consent (such as circumcision, piercings etc). Plus, the risk of infection is higher, as a baby's immune system isn't as strongly developed, so it might take a really nasty and potentially dangerous turn. It's just better to wait until the kid is older and let her (or him) decide for herself (himself).
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I had my ears pierced when I was a toddler, and I'm okay with my parents' decision to do it at that age, it's not affected me negatively and I'm glad I kind of got it 'over and done with' if that makes sense. I completely understand why people would be against it though. I don't plan on piercing my own child's ears - that's for them to decide on when they get older.3