Gisele Bundchen Gets Her Baby’s Ears Pierced: Cute or Creepy?

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gisele baby earringsSo much important breaking news this morning! Jimmy Carter is going to North Korea, Pope Francis says he doesn't judge gay clergy, and Gisele Bündchen got her baby's ears pierced. In other news ... oh wait, should we go back to that last one? All right, I guess. Over the weekend Gisele posted a photo of 8-month-old Vivian Lake, and you can see that baby's got a pair of gold studs in her ears.

It's not news. But people are going to get their panties in a twist over it anyway, I'm sure. Oh these decadent celebs and their jewelry and their babies and their jewelry on babies and their poking of holes into their babies' ears for the jewelry. What about the risk of infection? What about looking too grown-up, too soon?

But it's not a big deal. Piercing a baby's ears is a Latin thing -- and Gisele is Brazilian. Some babies get their ears pierced right there in the hospital right after they're born -- which could be when Vivian Lake got hers done. And if the world's most judgy mom gets her baby's ears pierced, you know it's okay. Oh, I'm kidding! (Actually, I think that's the funniest part -- finally, something people can judge Gisele for.)

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I had my ears pierced when I was a baby, too. So did my sister and all my girl cousins. And I never thought of earrings as particularly "grown-up." Just girly. Maybe it's just because I'm Latin, but I love how little baby girls look with their wee stud earrings.

I'm glad I had it done when I was just a baby, too. I have no memories of the "trauma" for one thing. I know babies experience pain -- but ear piercing is probably less painful than a vaccination shot. (Oh fine, also way less necessary.) Half the pain of getting your ears pierced when you're older is wrapped up in the anxiety of expecting that pain.

At least it's not circumcision. I guess you could go all slippery-slope and say it's all the same thing. But ear piercing is usually not permanent, and it's just your earlobes, and it's a quick procedure. It's pretty minor. I don't have a girl, but if I had, I would have had her ears pierced while she was still a baby.

You do have to learn how to care for your pierced ears, but I think that's a good thing. As for imposing a cosmetic choice on a child before she's ready -- meh. The thing is, if you grow up and decide pierced ears are not for you, you just stop wearing earrings and the holes close up.

What do you think about getting a baby's ears pierced?


Image via giseleofficial/Instagram

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nonmember avatar trichella

My mother had my ears pierced when I was an infant. Problem is .. as a child I didn't want my ears pierced. I took them out. I'm 26 yrs old now and still have the marks on my ears :/

Jacee... Jacee2348

I'm no fan of Gisele, to say the least, but this is a non-story. 

Prett... PrettyGirlMyers

The nurse in my pedi's office did my daughters when she was two months old. She's now 15, has no memory of it and has never had a single problem with them.

EarlG... EarlGrayHot

I had a friend who had he baby girl's ears pierced so no one wpould confuse her with a boy.  I think I'd rather have a non pierced baby.

tcfla tcfla

I had my daughters ears pierced at 3 months.  She was young enough, she barley cried and never played with them like many of my friends kids who were oldera and those kids got infections.  She isn't big into wearing earings now at 21, but she still likes them and glad I did it early.

lulou lulou

Id be worried theyd play with them, fall out, eat them, then puncture a lung or intestine, or connect to the magnet they swallowed, eat thru their intestine, or leak some toxic chemical like lead, when all this time you thought they were gold.

Jacobet Jacobet

I don't think I could stand the trauma of letting my baby get her ears. I hate being there for the necessary shots. I think my daughter will get them when she asks for them, otherwise I am only doing it for myself.

eemat514 eemat514

My mom had my done as an infant and I love them pierced today. I also have my nose pierced now as an adult with a stud. I had my daughters done as an infant. She didn't cry, they have never been infected, never fallen out, she's never tugged on them, they have never snagged on anything, she is 4 now and loves me to take her to Claire's so she can pick out cute little animal characters. I have no problem with mommy's who disagree with getting their babies ears pierced though. To each their own. I love my sweet girl and she looks so cute with her ears pierced.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

It's disgusting. Piercings should be an adult decision. Scarring a child for life because you don't think they're pretty enough without jewelry is terrible parenting.

jalaz77 jalaz77

My daughter asked for them for her 6 th bday and we said sure! This kid is amazing when it comes to maintaining these piercings. She is over 7 now so we made sure to teach her or we take them out and let them close off.

Rhonda-I can't imagine anyone actually doing this to make them look pretty. I have pierced ears, my daughter sees that and asked if she could when she was 4, I waited 2 yrs before saying yes cause I knew she would do well caring for them. Does that make me a terrible parent? I can think of a lot worse things that make a bad parent...

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