So think what you will, but we inflicted a small amount of pain on our 4mth old this past month. Let me first say that it wasn't my choice to do it, but I was threatened that if I didn't come along, I wouldn't be able to take pictures of the big event for the scrapbook, so really I didn't have an option. I never met a man who wanted to pierce his daughters' ears so badly! It looks a lot worse than it actually was, she only cried for 5 minutes- and probably wouldn't have cried that long but they had to do her right ear again. In my mind she's CTRing it early, one pair of modest earrings- for life. I'm just glad it's over and done and I got my pictures :D Oh and FYI Kalea doesn't even realize she has sparkles in her ears- hasn't even touched/pulled on them!