Baby’s first portrait is a good time to dress a newborn with baby earrings and bracelets that match the outfit that was chosen for this special occasion. There is no better way to show loving grandparents and friends that their 14k gold or sterling silver gift is appreciated than to present them with a picture of your child wearing the item.
HOOPS or STUD EARRINGS In some cultures where it is common to pierce a newborn’s ears as soon as possible, hoops are the earring of choice. However, in most countries the style is a matter of taste. Hoops may be more accessible to a curious baby’s fingers which is the reason some parents prefer the safety of screw back baby earrings.
The only pressure to pierce a baby girl’s ears in most modern societies is based on current fashion trends. How old a baby should be before getting (his or) her ears pierced is a matter that should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Another issue on whether or not you should pierce your baby’s ears is the time it takes to properly care for the new piercings. Certainly, babies have had their ears pierce with little or no problems for centuries but you should have all the facts before you proceed.
Cross stud earrings are a popular keepsake that makes lovely Christian baby dedication gifts or christening gifts. Lately, I have noticed a lot of baby earrings showing up as gifts at showers that match either the baby shower theme or the baby girl’s nursery theme. Disney’s Minnie Mouse earrings, earrings in the shape of turtles, teddy bears or even elephants are finding their way to the gift table and onto the ears of baby girls.
METALS Gold and silver baby earrings are as desirable to aid in avoiding risk of infection and allergic reactions as they are to grant a piece of baby jewelry heirloom status. Platinum baby earrings are rare but not unheard of and actually relatively inexpensive considering that only a tiny amount of the precious metal is necessary to make the hoops or studs.
INFANT EARRINGS WITH SCREW BACKS I experienced for myself the reason that baby earrings or baby jewelry of any kind can be considered a safety hazard. One night my oldest baby girl started making an odd noise and I realized that she had dropped one of her baby pearl earrings into her nostril. Thankfully, I was able to remove it before it blocked an airway or harmed her in some other way but it was a wakeup call for me to either forego pierced earrings until she was older or come up with a safe earring.