I've had a lot of people ask me if I'm going to get Mia's ears pierced soon. I honestly didn't even consider it. I didn't get my ears pierced until I was 12. My mom wanted to be sure that I could and would take care of them myself before she would let me get them. I showed interest in getting my earrings long enough at that point that she was confident I would do a good job taking care of them and she was right.
I asked Vanessa today when she let her girls get their ears pierced and I really liked her answer. She used it as an incentive for her girls. IF they got good grades THEN she would allow them to get them done. She also told them if they didn't take care of them she wouldn't let them get them pierced again. Her girls were 8 and 11.
I see babies all the time with their ears pierced and some of the parents will say they do it because then the babies don't remember the pain. Now-a-days with all the things they can pierce I want Mia to remember the pain so she thinks long and hard before she sits down in a piercer chair.
Some parents just say they do it so people know the baby is a girl. My answer to that is dress her in pink, dresses, and skirts and put bows in her hair.
Piercing a babies ears is far more common in other countries and other cultures. This is a great Baby Center article on Piercing your newborn's ears. It talks about complications, how to care for newborn ears after piercing, and earring safety.
What are your thoughts on baby ear piercing?