Jul 182021
Books to Snip Away Haircut Meltdowns!
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Most toddlers are scared when they are taken to the hairdresser for a haircut. They cry their lungs out and make the job impossible. When one of our members asked for some books to deal with this issue, we got some interesting recommendations and and some pretend play ideas!

When Your Llama Needs a Haircut (highly recommended by everyone who has this book!)

Busy Hairdresser (this is one of the push, pull, slide BUSY BOOKS by Campbell that are perfect for toddler first experiences). It has been a great help to Divya. Quoting her:

Busy Hairdresser helped us big time… now Darwin voluntarily says we will go for kirich kirich (haircut – sound of hair cutting with scissors) with tickle machine (hair trimmer)

Khushboo recommends both books as well!

pc: Khushboo Shah. Daksh with his new haircut books!!

This llama had a bowl cut! Every time when we tried to give Daksh a haircut he would have a huge meltdown… there would be lots of tears, forcefully holding him and trying to play his favorite poems to get the cut done. Thanks to this lovely group and Ashruti Khera I got some amazing book recommendations – ‘Busy Hairdresser‘ and ‘When your llama needs a haircut’ to get Daksh used to the idea of haircuts. Also Amardeep’s idea of using child friendly scissors for doing pretend play of cutting hair worked wonders for us. Today morning Daksh had his new haircut and it seemed like a piece of cake as compared to the previous times!


Florence Frizzball

Maxwell the Monkey Barber

Wally Does Not Want a Haircut

Even Monsters Need Haircuts

This Monster Needs a Haircut (kindle edition)

My Haircut Sticker Book (Charlie and Lola) 

#kbcmember Ashruti Khera said,

“Hairdresser and When Your Llama Needs a Haircut. Also the Shampoodle book. We read them over and over again”

Amardeep shared some helpful inputs:

We had these Melissa and Doug child safe scissors that we mainly used for playdough. We set up a barber shop at home, and had my son pretend cut my hair, his dad’s hair, his doll’s hair, playdough hair. As he has grown up, I’ve allowed him to spray my hair with serum, comb it etc. This has made the entire act enjoyable for him, and removed the fear.

Asha added,

If your child is into playdough (under supervision) there is a set that has a hairdresser and you get to cut the hair. I remember the tv ad and the fact that my child wanted that set only to cut the curly hair! I got her to do something similar with the breakfast set we already had – phew!

Many thanks to Amardeep, Khushboo and Ashruti for sharing their recommendations/reviews, Divya and Aarini for helping us curate this post.

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