Pierced ears are a chocking hazard and they can get easily infected. I think you should wait until your child is old enough to decide for herself. My dd was sure she wanted pierced ears when she was six. She thought about it for a year and decided for sure that she wanted to do it even though it hurt. It is annoying when people mistake your child for a different gender, but that is the least annoying thing that is going to happen to you as a parent. Practice your deep breathes now, or whatever else you do to keep calm when annoyed by people questioning you, because you will need them while you face a steady stream of criticism from strangers and family in the first few years as they try to give you the knowledge they believe you need to be a good parent. You will most likely learn to develop a thick skin quickly as a parent. I don't think that wanting to not have to worry about a stranger thinking your child is a boy is a good reason to poke holes in your child and risk infections in a newborn with very little immunity to infections and diseases in general. I think that whatever decision you make is fine for your family, but it won't stop people from questioning your to your face. It may even make it worse if you live somewhere where piercing babies ears isn't common.
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2/14/10 at 12:25am