For us, one of the biggest surprises with our second baby was
her red hair.
From the very first days, people kept asking, “Does her hair
look a little red?”
And as it’s grown longer, it’s just gotten consistently more
Since neither my husband nor I have red hair, we weren’t really
prepared for what it would be like to have a red-headed child.
If you happen to hit the parenting jackpot and get a little
ginger too, here are some insider tips:
1. It will be
commented on constantly. Any time we go out in public, I can pretty much
guarantee that someone will exclaim over it (and share their own red-head
stories, whether it’s a child, a granddaughter, or a friend’s baby). If babies
are a source of easy conversation, a red-headed baby is doubly so.
2. You can’t mess
around with sun protection. All of the members of our family are pretty
fair, so we’re big hat/sunglasses/sunscreen lovers to begin with. But a red-head
is especially susceptible and if you miss a spot with that sunscreen or forget
that hat on an outing, you’ll be feeling very guilty by that afternoon when
your child is sporting some skin to match their hair color.
3.Redheads are harder to dress. My oldest
daughter is blonde and most colors look pretty good on her. But a redhead,
especially paired with that pale skin, makes finding the right colors a little
4. There’s some
truth to that fiery tempered redhead stereotype. Our little redhead is a
very sweet girl most of the time. But cross her and she’ll let you know in no
uncertain terms that she is unhappy. And she is 100x more stubborn than her
5. If you aren’t
also a redhead, everyone will ask where that hair came from. My sister-in-law
has beautiful curly red hair and a few of my cousins are also redheads, but
since both my husband and I aren’t redheads, everyone wants to know where that
red hair came from. (Also, that sister-in-law? She has six children and all of
them are blonde. Not a redhead to be found).
6. The charm of having a redheaded child will
never wear off. Almost every day, I find myself marveling over how cute
that hair is. It’s been over two years and I’m not even a little bit over the
wonders of having a little redhead of my own.