Yesterday I saw my 9 month old niece (hadn't seen her for a couple of weeks) and the first thing I noticed was that she'd had her ears pierced.
I wasn't expecting it and I got a shock when I saw these cute little studs in her ears. Without thinking, I blurted out "Oh my god...what have you done to her?"
I think my SIL took offence. I asked if she cried when she had it done and my SIL said "only for a couple of minutes". Their reason for having it done, I think, was so that it's over and done with... and she won't be sooky about having it done when she's older!!
I don't want to be judgemental about this. I know lots of other cultures have their baby girls ears pierced quite young. To me it just didn't look right, seeing these sparkly little studs in a little baby's ears. It seems mean to inflict uneccessary pain on a little baby. And I worry about whether or not it could be dangerous; that she may pull at them or get them caught on something, etc.
My 4 year old daughter asked a few months ago if she could have her ears pierced and I told her she could, but it hurts a little bit. She decided not to.
So how do others feel about this issue?