It may not sound like much of a controversy to some, but the debate over when to pierce a child’s ears is still a hot topic among many moms. Super model Gisele Bundchen recently proved the debate is still very much alive when she posted an Instagram photo of her 8-month-old daughter sporting a pair of tiny gold studs. Mom bloggers and commenters lit up on both sides of the argument.
Some moms feel 8 months is far too young to have ears pierced and believe moms should wait until the child can make their own decision. But others see it as more of a personal and cultural choice. Erica Souter, editor of The Stir, is quoted by ABC News explaining why Bundchen may have made the decision to bejewel her baby. Souter says, “I think what a lot of people don’t realize is that this is something that’s very popular in Gisele’s culture. She’s Brazilian and in Latin America, it is very common to get your infant daughter’s ears pierced.”
Another argument on the side of piercing is that since most girls end up getting their ears pierced it’s best to get it done while they’re young and won’t remember the pain. Commenter Jess Torress tweeted to Good Morning America, “I got mine pierced at 6 months. I think its good because then the child doesn't remember the pain. I'm thankful that my parents got it done.”
Baby Center also posed the question whether moms feel 8 months old is too young for pierced ears and received a mixed response with one mom saying, “I’m not a fan. Moms do it for selfish reasons, the babies do not need or want pierced ears.”
What do you think of Gisele Bundchen’s decision to pierce her infant daughter’s ears?
Do you think it’s better to get it done young or wait until the child is old enough to decide for herself?