I’m so glad that I did my research and that we went about getting Aria’s ears pierced the way that we did. I am also glad that we did it before they made a law prohibiting parents from getting their baby’s ears pierced. So silly if you ask me. Aria only cried for 5 seconds with each ear and will never have issues with her ears like a lot of my friends who got their ears pierced when they were in middle school did as long as I take good care of them. Preteens And teenagers don’t always do so well taking care of newly pierced ears. And they look so pretty on her! I thank my mom for getting mine done when I was a baby, and even though it took a lot of courage for me to walk into the shop with Ari, I couldn’t be happier with the whole experience. Aria was pretty happy too, when it was all said and done!
Babies should have had at least their first round of shots, including their tetanus shot, which are usually given at two months of age.
Some things that I asked myself before getting Aria’s ears pierced were: Who is the most knowledgeable and professional when it comes to piercing babies ears? Who will be the most sanitary? And where will Aria be the most comfortable?
I found that getting them done at the mall (at Claire’s, Icing, Piercing Pagoda, etc.) where a lot of people go to get their baby’s ears pierced could possibly end up being the worst choice. So many babies do walk away unharmed, but often times the guns used at kiosks and shops in the mall are not properly sanitized, babies can get a long list of diseases and infections including hepatitis. There is also a greater possibility of having to pierce one ear more than once because you never know who is going to be doing them that day, how experienced they are with babies, and what is going to be going on all around you in the mall.
When it comes to our children you can never be too safe. In this case the safest option is going to a respected piercing shop. One that is very professional, very knowledgeable, and very clean! We went to Artisan Body Piercing in Norfolk! I actually chose the place because it popped up when I went on Google and searched “baby ear piercing in Norfolk,” it was at the top of the first forum on the topic. I read reviews about the main piercer there, named Kat, and people were just raving about how knowledgeable and awesome she was. The shop itself was mostly quiet, very clean, and very cozy. And Kat has 2 kids and 16 nieces and nephews!! Wow!
For babies, Kat uses a little DISPOSABLE asepsis gun that came in a little sealed pack. It also put a tiny titanium earring in Aria’s ears automatically! It is also extremely accurate because of its size and closeness to the ear. She explained to us how unsanitary normal guns are and also explained that they do not use the needles that they sometimes do with adults because of the risk of the needle going to baby’s neck. I mentioned double piercings when mistakes are made with babies ears and she said that she only had to re-pierce once and it was because the baby was extremely chubby and she couldn’t get the little gadget behind the babies ear. Haha, reminded me of Fred Clause. “Ho, ho, ho!” hahaha. I saw reviews on the gadget and people use this to do piercings on themselves at home and said that it was completely painless.
It is also believed that the younger you pierce a babies ears the less they feel it at all. If a baby does feel it, it is only for a second. People argue that it is child abuse… Really? I was never traumatized from my own baby piercings and vaccine needles are wayy more painful and scary. Some babies don’t even cry at all, they just look around like “What was that? Why is everyone looking at me?” If she doesn’t want them later in life she can just let them close up, and I highly doubt that she will ever feel that way.
Kat showed Aria a red ball and Aria went right back to being her curious self. We went shopping for a new living room rug afterwards and Aria and mommy were laughing at everything in the store, including daddy.