to take my baby to the hairdressers?
lilbitneurotic · 01/03/2012 13:56
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?
flowery · 01/03/2012 14:00
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 · 01/03/2012 14:01
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.
swlmum · 01/03/2012 14:06
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.
wineandroses · 01/03/2012 14:07
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 · 01/03/2012 14:09
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.
lilbitneurotic · 01/03/2012 14:12
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
ipswichwitch · 01/03/2012 14:18
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
piprabbit · 01/03/2012 14:22
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.
stella1w · 01/03/2012 21:46
I just took my 7 mo to the hairdressers while I had a hair cut - took about an hour.. he slept the entire time.. mind you, he is a very placid baby and never cries.. if you think your little one will be happy in the buggy the whole time and be quiet, take him.. but if he cries a lot, that's not fair on everyone else at the salon. And if he needs you to pick him up, then that won't work either..
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