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How to Cut Your Baby's Bangs

By Wallis Bishop ; Updated April 18, 2017
Some babies are born with more hair than others and may need a haircut fairly early in life.

Your baby's first haircut is a major milestone, and depending on your child's age and temperament, you may want the first haircut to take place at home. Even without hairdressing experience, you can give your child a trim without too much trouble. You may be particularly worried about cutting your baby's bangs as it means getting closer to your child's face with scissors. However, there are several strategies you can implement to make trimming your baby's bangs quick, easy and safe.

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Enlist a helper. Ask your spouse or friend to be there with you for support and to distract your baby as you cut their bangs.

Sit your child in a highchair or seat with straps that keeps them upright. Once seated, give your baby a small blanket or favorite toy to hold.

Wet your child's bangs with a washcloth.

Hold your child's hair in between two fingers, keeping your fingers horizontal. This will help you maintain a straight line and keep hairs the same length.

Cut the hair from the center of your child's forehead to the edge of the bangs. Repeat on the other side. Cut a short amount at a time to make sure you do not cut off more than you want to.

Wet your child's hair again with the washcloth once you have reached the desired length. Flatten the hair against their head. Even out any areas that are uneven.

Things You Will Need

  • Highchair
  • Blanket or toy
  • Washcloth
  • Scissors


If your baby has not yet developed good head control, avoid cutting their hair or do so very cautiously. Be patient with your child and take breaks if needed. Do not continue cutting your child's hair if they become upset.

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About the Author

Wallis Bishop began writing in 2002. She specializes in issues related to child health, development and parenting. She spent five years teaching toddler and preschool age children and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a specialization in infant and toddler mental health.

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