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You know you've earned a Parent Badge of Courage when you've experienced the sweaty, heart-stopping ordeal that is trimming the bangs of a squirmy toddler. Now that my daughter is four, she sits relatively still through the process, thanks to Beat Bugs playing on an iPad perched in the bathroom, but she sometimes likes to rotate her head without warning to look in the mirror and give me a small heart-attack. Does she not see that I'm holding a sharp object just millimetres from her eyeballs? Apparently, she does not.
This tip from Asha Dornfest's Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids gave me a true Ah-ha moment: Trim kids' bangs with nose-hair scissors.
"Nose-hair scissors are ideal for trimming the bangs of a squirmy toddler because they're sharp enough to cut precisely, but the blades are small and have rounded tips," Dornfest writes. Smart! The eyeballs will stay in tact!
Here are a few other tips I've learned about toddler bang-trimming over the years, mostly through trial and and much error:
- If you have one of those waterproof catch-all bibs, use it. Then just toss out the hair and wipe it down when you're done.
- I use the "twist and cut" trimming method on my own bangs as well as on my daughter's. I'm not exactly sure how it results in a near-perfect cut (you'll still have to trim a few wayward hairs), but I'll take it.
- Don't forget the iPad.