to take my baby to the hairdressers?

(51 Posts)
lilbitneurotic Thu 01-Mar-12 13:56:25

I desperately need my hair cut and coloured and managed to get an appointment for tomorrow, however I have no childcare. I was hoping to take my DS with me, he is 7 months and the appointment should last 2 hours. In an ideal world he would sleep in his carseat for the duration but probably when I need him to he wont.

Do people take their babies with them or is this a ridiculous idea?

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AKissIsNotAContract Thu 01-Mar-12 13:57:39

I'd ring your hairdresser and check with them. If they are happy with it, I don't see why not.

cybbo Thu 01-Mar-12 13:58:16

Not a great idea-if you are having a clour you will have chemicals around, where will he go while your hair is being washed etc.

CAn you reschedule for Saturday when his Dad can have him? (Assuming there is a partner)

flowery Thu 01-Mar-12 14:00:05

If he won't sleep for two hours what will you do with him when he wakes up and needs attention and you are having your hair washed or highlights being put in or whatever?

I really don't think you can take a 7mo baby to a two hour hair appointment tbh. I have always got my appointments at the weekends when DH can take the DC - are you completely on your own with no partner/DS's father who can step in?

CrockoDuck Thu 01-Mar-12 14:01:16

In an idea world, of course you should be able to take him with you.

BUT...we don't of course live in such a world, sadly. Imagine he starts crying while you're sitting there covered in that smelly hair dye stuff and there's nothing you can do? There may well be other less than friendly customers tutting because they can't read their Woman's Weekly in peace. That would stress me out, tbh.

If it were me, I'd make another appointment. A quick trim is one thing, two solid hours when you're effectively tied to the chair is something else.

annalovesmrbates Thu 01-Mar-12 14:01:30

Give the salon a ring, some will be happy, some won't. My hairdresser is always delighted to see babies and there is usually someone to coo over them.

annalovesmrbates Thu 01-Mar-12 14:01:30

Give the salon a ring, some will be happy, some won't. My hairdresser is always delighted to see babies and there is usually someone to coo over them.


PooPooInMyToes Thu 01-Mar-12 14:01:56

Sounds like madness to me

CrockoDuck Thu 01-Mar-12 14:02:00

ideal, I meant. Sorry.

NigellaTufnel Thu 01-Mar-12 14:03:16


I'm sorry but if I was another customer I would be extremely pissed off. When I go get my hair cut it could be the only time in MONTHS that any children.

NigellaTufnel Thu 01-Mar-12 14:04:37

sorry.. meant to say, it's the only time in MONTHS that I don't have to hang out with children

swlmum Thu 01-Mar-12 14:06:31

My hairdresser was always trying to persuade me to bring my babies in- I'm sure I did take them in once for a 2 hour appointment and it was fine. Totally depends on the hairdressers and the baby really! I think mine slept napped longer actually because it was nice and warm and the hairdryers were quite soothing.

Thetokengirl Thu 01-Mar-12 14:06:57

I have done it when my DCs were tiny (<3 months) as if they got fretful, I could always pop them under the gown and they would happily bf/ slumber. At 7 months, it got more tricky, so I would only take them for a quick appointment.
Now I'm back at work ft, I go after work. Is there a hairdressers open late that you could go to whilst DH looks after your dc?

igggi Thu 01-Mar-12 14:07:27

My hairdresser said she was happy for me to come with baby, so some definitely do.

wineandroses Thu 01-Mar-12 14:07:41

Not a good idea. A quick hair cut, fine, but not two hours with chemicals in your hair. If he does wake up crying, you won't really be able to comfort him. If you don't have anyone to take care of him, why don't you try to get an appointment with a mobile hairdresser? It would be much easier to look after your boy in your own home, at least you won't be annoying any other customers.

SilentBoob Thu 01-Mar-12 14:09:07

It completely depends on the set-up where you go.

I used to go at a very quiet time in the daytime at a local salon and feed my baby under the cloak thing. Hairdresser didn;t mind a bit, and on the odd occasion he was grumpy or I was getting a wax while I was there, the receptionist was very happy to give him a jiggle or wander round with him. But I knew them, had been going for years, knew everyone was cool with it and wasn;t inconveniencing any other customers.

On the other hand it used to piss me off no end when my lunch break manicure was marred by someone else's noisy child when I was working in a busy city centre and popping in to a trendy salon.

Snowsister Thu 01-Mar-12 14:09:07

My old hairdresser was v sniffy about me doing this so I changed to a lovely family friendly salon who encouraged mums, got the toys out and it was so much more relaxing! I agree, ring them first and check they are ok with it.

lilbitneurotic Thu 01-Mar-12 14:12:39

I think I will cancel, my DH works a Sat so I really can't get it done any other time as the salon is shut Sun/ Mon. I'm starting to get witchy looking hair. Attractive.

Thanks for the responses.

NigellaTufnel I wasn't planning on passing him round the other customers wink

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ipswichwitch Thu 01-Mar-12 14:18:31

i've taken my 5 month old twice. both times i booked it for when he usually naps after his mid-morning feed, and i know he finds the hairdryer soothing and that'll make him nod off anyway, along with the warmth. i dont think yabu, but would check with hairdresser first

Almostfifty Thu 01-Mar-12 14:20:44

Phone and ask them which is their quietest day and if you could take your baby in then. I'm certain they'd be happy to help, if they're not, find a hairdresser that is.

piprabbit Thu 01-Mar-12 14:22:44

I regularly took my children to the hairdressers when they were small (2years and under). But only for a cut and blow dry (45 mins). I'd leave them in their buggy and supply them with snacks and drinks. They seemed to enjoy themselves and were always beautifully behaved.

BearlyThere Thu 01-Mar-12 14:23:31


lilbitneurotic Thu 01-Mar-12 14:42:59

Thanks again, I'm sure he'd be absolutely fine as he's not a cry-y baby iykwim but I've taken heed and cancelled it.

Maybe i'll need to try the mumsnet haircut before I go back to work, avoid scary cousin it look i'm currently sporting!

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Aribura Thu 01-Mar-12 20:45:24

Was gearing up for an epic PFB "only the best hairdresser can cut my beloved child's locks" grin

south345 Thu 01-Mar-12 20:46:36

I have a mobile hairdresser for this reason as I never have childcare and they get theirs done too.

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