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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6480 on: January 06, 2013, 02:11:45 PM »
How does one go about getting a toddler to sit still for a haircut?

We don't have any barbers/hair salons in town that cater to toddlers or I'd take Boo Bear there and make it their business to figure out.  :P He just needs his side curls cut back a bit, but apparently the trimmer I have tickles.

Naps. And hats.

We could only get one side of our son's head done while he was napping, so he'd wear a hat until the next nap time/hair trimming session. Fortunately, he now cooperates at the barber.
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« Reply #6481 on: January 06, 2013, 02:21:14 PM »
How does one go about getting a toddler to sit still for a haircut?

We don't have any barbers/hair salons in town that cater to toddlers or I'd take Boo Bear there and make it their business to figure out.  :P He just needs his side curls cut back a bit, but apparently the trimmer I have tickles.

Is there anything that Boo Bear is mesmerized by? A movie, special toy, favorite person who can distract while you cut?

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6482 on: January 06, 2013, 03:14:39 PM »
We went to one children's shop that had a horse, a lion, and a car (similar to carousel animals - or the small coin operated "rides" that used to be outside some larger stores) for the kids to sit in.  And a tv to watch a looped cartoon/movie on.  It worked...
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6483 on: January 06, 2013, 03:28:02 PM »
How does one go about getting a toddler to sit still for a haircut?

We don't have any barbers/hair salons in town that cater to toddlers or I'd take Boo Bear there and make it their business to figure out.  :P He just needs his side curls cut back a bit, but apparently the trimmer I have tickles.

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The best we can do is sitting her on a tarp on a stool in front of a TV, no toys. It's still like whacking an atom with a baseball bat, but at least it's a solid-state atom instead of a gas.

And who are you people whose toddlers will sleep through a haircut? Mine sleep pretty soundly, but there's no way they would stand that. I'd probably get stabbed.


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« Reply #6484 on: January 07, 2013, 12:12:26 PM »
Jones wrote:

"How does one go about getting a toddler to sit still for a haircut?"

Tequila.  For both of you.

Honestly, though, this is one of those things where getting him very tired and doing it while he's asleep isn't a bad idea, assuming the trimmer doesn't wake him.  If it does, then get yourself a nice sharp pair of scissors and keep him up late, and as odd as it sounds it works pretty well.  At least it did for my oldest.

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« Reply #6485 on: January 07, 2013, 01:06:46 PM »
Is there a way to keep necklaces from eating your hair? I have a few necklaces where something about the type of clasp or chain that snares my hair something awful. It hurts a little to wear, but mostly the chains just look awful with hair all around them. Is there anything I can do short of changing out all the chains?

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« Reply #6486 on: January 07, 2013, 01:09:42 PM »
Some of the jewelry makers on board may have a better idea but my first thought was to coat the problematic part of the chain with clear nail polish.  It would close over any little catches that are grabbing your hair.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6487 on: January 07, 2013, 01:36:00 PM »
How does one go about getting a toddler to sit still for a haircut?

We don't have any barbers/hair salons in town that cater to toddlers or I'd take Boo Bear there and make it their business to figure out.  :P He just needs his side curls cut back a bit, but apparently the trimmer I have tickles.

Two ideas:

1.  Videos.  Put on a video he doesn't know but that you're sure he'll love.  When you're a few minutes in and he's mesmerized, start cutting.

2.  Bribery.  If he can sit still while you count to five (or even better, ten), give him an M&M or some other very small treat.  You'll have to cut his hair in 5- or 10-second bursts, but it's better than constant squirming.
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« Reply #6488 on: January 07, 2013, 01:42:58 PM »
Thanks to all on the advice for toddler hair trimming.

It was so easy with Jean (now age 7)...we just let her hair keep growing. Sadly, in our society I can't do that with my little boy. He does have a cartoon he loves to watch, others are passing bursts and hit-or-miss, but he doesn't like it enough to distract him from something interesting happening by his head.

That said, I gave him a lollipop, which distracted him for a few seconds, then I put a lock of his trimmed hair in the other hand, which he admired and giggled over long enough for me to finish with the clippers. I even got to swipe at the nape of his neck. After the shower--he prefers showers to baths-- I checked and the sides look mostly even; not bad for a speedy job. :D Hopefully he'll have a longer attention span in 6 months when we have to do it again.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6489 on: January 07, 2013, 01:47:05 PM »
Is there a way to keep necklaces from eating your hair? I have a few necklaces where something about the type of clasp or chain that snares my hair something awful. It hurts a little to wear, but mostly the chains just look awful with hair all around them. Is there anything I can do short of changing out all the chains?

It's probably either the type of clasp or a jump ring that's not quite flat.  I'd suggest going out to a craft store and picking up a few magnetic clasps or ball and hitch clasps and swap them out with a pair of pliers.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6490 on: January 07, 2013, 02:11:02 PM »
Is there a way to keep necklaces from eating your hair? I have a few necklaces where something about the type of clasp or chain that snares my hair something awful. It hurts a little to wear, but mostly the chains just look awful with hair all around them. Is there anything I can do short of changing out all the chains?

It's probably either the type of clasp or a jump ring that's not quite flat.  I'd suggest going out to a craft store and picking up a few magnetic clasps or ball and hitch clasps and swap them out with a pair of pliers.
I have the same problem, and it's definitely not the clasp, because clasps have a bad habit of working their way around to the front. It's the chain itself, and it happens with all types of fine chains. 
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« Reply #6491 on: January 07, 2013, 02:20:51 PM »
Please don't read if you're squeamish about snakes...

There's a snake trapped in the office in my house.  I have NO clue how to trap/pick up/kick out a snake.  It's a harmless non-venomous little garden snake.  I hate snakes, but I'm not afraid of it.  I just have no clue how to go about getting it out of my parents' office.
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« Reply #6492 on: January 07, 2013, 02:28:51 PM »
Try sweeping it out the door.  If it goes into a coil, put a bucket upside down over it, slide a piece of cardboard under snake and bucket, and turn rightside up.  Holding cardboard onto bucket like a lid, take snake outside and release.
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« Reply #6493 on: January 07, 2013, 02:31:34 PM »
Please don't read if you're squeamish about snakes...

There's a snake trapped in the office in my house.  I have NO clue how to trap/pick up/kick out a snake.  It's a harmless non-venomous little garden snake.  I hate snakes, but I'm not afraid of it.  I just have no clue how to go about getting it out of my parents' office.

Reply in white for similar reasons:

Professionals have a long stick with a loop on it, similar to what animal control uses for dogs.  If you can't jury-rig something like that, the next best thing is to get something long and stiff like a serving spoon or a stick.  Press down on the snake's neck right behind its head, pinning the head to the ground.  Since it's hard to get the right spot on the first try, I suggest finding two serving spoons so you can pin it wherever you can reach and then work your way up as necessary  :)  Once you have it pinned right behind the head, you can pick it up right behind the stick/spoon and the snake can't bite you.  Garter snakes will still pee on you (well, spray a smelly chemical to scare off predators).  If you can't carry it straight outside, you can put it in a bag (anything with a drawstring top and not made out of mesh) - the snake can't get any leverage to get out, and being in the dark inside the bag will calm it down long enough for you to transport it.  You kind of have to keep the bag suspended (held), though, so don't go putting it on the floor of your car or anything!

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6494 on: January 07, 2013, 02:45:42 PM »
Please don't read if you're squeamish about snakes...

There's a snake trapped in the office in my house.  I have NO clue how to trap/pick up/kick out a snake.  It's a harmless non-venomous little garden snake.  I hate snakes, but I'm not afraid of it.  I just have no clue how to go about getting it out of my parents' office.

Put a small heating pad, on low, underneath a box on it's side. Make the room very cool (open a window if it's cold outside - shut the door if you have to keep the rest of the place from freezing). Leave. Come back in about an hour, snake should be in box. Take outside, away from house, look for bushes, empty box.