As the Jolie-Pitt twins Vivienne and Knox made their way around Venice, I couldn’t help but notice that Vivienne has her little ears pierced, unlike sisters Shiloh and Zahara. (At least from photos it doesn’t appear the older girls wear earrings.) It’s of course fairly common for babies to have pierced ears even though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents “postpone the piercing until your child is mature enough to take care of the pierced site herself.”
Per AAP’s web site, complications include choking, infections and earrings becoming embedded in the ear. I think it’s a personal decision for the parents but personally would not get my girls’ ears pierced until they are older and can make an informed decision. (But, hey, my 2-1/2-year-old twins still take milk from a bottle so I’m certainly not a stickler for AAP guidelines.)
Also, since I don’t wear earrings myself, it’s just not a priority for my kids to get them. Tell us what you think about babies having pierced ears, and if you pierced your babies ears, at what age and why.