Looking for the perfect earrings for your baby? You obviously want something cute and sweet, but you have to take more into consideration than just aesthetics. The best baby girl earrings (or baby boy earrings) should be small enough for their tiny ears (and something that they can also grow into a bit is ideal), and also safe enough to ensure they don’t become a safety hazard. There are lots of different options out there for toddler earrings and baby earrings—so many that you might find yourself with more than you ever bargained for!
What type of earrings are best for babies?
There are tons of things to consider when shopping for baby earrings including qualities like hypoallergenic material and secure backings. Maressa Tosto Merwarth, a jewelry designer and co-founder of Rockin’ Tots Jewelry, spoke with Scary Mommy to give parents her expert advice when shopping for their LO’s first pair after the initial piercing.
“Once you get past the earrings used for the actual piercing, you want something that is easy to get on, hard for them to get off, looks unique to show off their personality, and does not turn their ears puffy and red,” Merwarth says. “Basically the unicorn of earrings.”
There are a few different options of earring backs, but only a few work well for babies. A screw back earring is a safe and popular option for infant earrings as it’s one of the most secure options. Once you twist them to close on the ear, they are secure—they don’t endlessly twist like some adult earrings. The back likely will not fall off, so you don’t need to stress over it as a potential choking hazard.
Safety stud earrings click in for a secure fit that isn’t going to fall off easily and is another great choice. Specifically for children under the age of 5, Merwarth likes Protektor or Guardian Lock backs. “They are easy to put on, stay in place when the inevitable fidgeting happens, and super easy to take off,” she explains.
For infants and young toddlers, avoid butterfly backs, which can more easily fall off or be taken off.
You also have to think about what the earrings are made of. Many parents want hypoallergenic earrings for kids because little ones tend to have super sensitive skin. High-quality materials include sterling silver, gold, or surgical steel, which are often non-toxic and safe. Avoid plastic or cheaper materials that seem questionable. You can also look for nickel-free options in case of a nickel allergy—they will be labeled as such.
Having a child pull on a tiny dangle or hoop can lead to infection or tearing it out altogether. Merwarth usually recommends starting with a stud until your child gets used to the feeling of the earring. (This may take a couple of years for some kiddos, so don’t rush it, mama!)
“Once they are past that initial phase, I think a little dangle or hoop is completely a viable option,” she explains. “Close-fitting hoops (also called huggies) will hold up to all the playing and jumping you can throw at it and it won’t get caught on things. Dangles are good too, but if you have a kid who plays hard, probably not the best option for every day, so save it for special occasions.”
What metal is safe for baby earrings?
Merwarth finds precious metal posts (compared to base metal posts) are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. If you’re aware your LO has a metal sensitivity or allergy, she advises opting for palladium or platinum posts over steel.
“We find the pure metals are the best for those extra sensitive kiddos, avoiding more discomfort all around…nothing is worse than the itching, puffy, redness that comes from a metal sensitivity and trying to pry the earrings out of our little’s ears is a nightmare,” Merwarth adds.
What age is best to pierce a baby’s ears?
Between 2 and 4 months old is the best age to pierce a baby’s ears, as they’ve likely received two tetanus shots. Many physicians recommend waiting until then. The older the child, the more likely they are able to localize pain, to be afraid, and to tug at their ears (which can cause infection).
That said, here’s a look at some of the best earrings for babies available right now.
Best Earrings for Babies
Made of high quality AAA+ cubic zirconia, these stud earrings are a classic that can be worn every day. They’re also made of high quality stainless steel, making them safe enough for little ears. This set comes with five pairs of earrings in varying sizes, so they’ll grow with your child as they age.
These small stud earrings are made of sterling silver, with a rhodium plating and a cubic zirconia stone. They feature a secure screw-back that keeps them in place no matter what, and they comply with applicable Children’s Product Safety regulations (that means they’ve been tested and approved for use by little ones).
Personalized heart earrings are pretty dang adorable. But these from Turandoss are hypoallergenic too! You’ve got your choice between rose gold, gold, and silver for every letter of the alphabet. They’re also lightweight, comfortable, and nickel and lead free!
These 4mm cultured pearl earrings (made of sterling silver) are small enough for tiny ears, and they offer a classic and elegant feel that means they’ll work for pretty much any occasion. The screw-back post keeps them safe and convenient, and they come in a pretty white and pink box that makes for a really nice keepsake.
To make your little one’s earrings feel a bit more personalized, opt for this pair, which you can get in their birthstone. The earrings (which are made of 14k) are also reversible, with one side featuring their birthstone, and the other side featuring a simple gold ball stud. The mix of both simple and more fun is just what you want for a kid.
Cultured pearl earrings are a classic, but if you want something less luxe that feels more fit for a small child’s tastes, these Lovearing butterfly studs are great. They feature 14k yellow gold and cubic zirconias in the shape of tiny butterflies, and they manage to be both cutesy and subtle at the same time.
These reversible post earrings offer some versatility: one side features a cubic zirconia stud, and the other side features a gold ball stud. The cubic zirconia can be for more dressed up occasions, while the ball stud is perfect for every day. With a screw back post, these are safe for babies.
These open flower screw-back earrings are ideal for small toddlers as young as 2 years old (the flower is 6mm compared to the 4mm size that typically works for infants and younger babies). The 14k yellow gold makes them an excellent choice for sensitive skin, and the cubic zirconia stud in the middle can come in clear or pink, depending on your preference. They’re a fun and playful choice for any little one.
The sweet and tiny heart shape of these sterling silver studs make them the most thoughtful gift for Valentine’s Day, but for a baby, they work year-round as well. The cubic zirconia stones lining the hearts give these just the right amount of sparkle for small ears.
These screw-back earrings are an adorable mix of colorful and classic. The pearl studs give them a touch of elegance, while the colored cubic zirconia stones surrounding the pearls make these fun enough to fit the vibe of a little kid. They’re set in 14k gold, which is great for sensitive skin, and they’ll work for any occasion.
These super affordable earrings are made of sterling silver with sensitive skin in mind and have a secure screw-back post. The butterflies feature colorful Swarovski crystal elements that make them both playful and delicate.
If cubic zirconia isn’t what you wanted, try these dainty flower earrings. They were made for the small ears of babies and toddlers, and are made of 14K gold with a secure screw-back post for safety. The colorful little earrings are great for a spirited girl.
Many parents prefer not to spend a lot on earrings for their babies, since they don’t get worn for very long and could easily be misplaced. That said, there’s nothing wrong with splurging on something that feels extra special if you want to. These white gold earrings feature a small diamond stud that will give your baby lots of sparkle and will serve as a treasured keepsake they’ll appreciate when they’re older.
Keep things more simple with these shiny ball post studs, which can be worn every day with anything, and will never go out of style. They come in rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold, and they’re nickel free and safe for sensitive skin. They are small enough to look dainty on tiny ears and the flat covered screw-back posts make them comfortable.
Disney fans will definitely appreciate these classic Disney Mouse shaped earrings. They’re made of sterling silver and have a screw-back post for safety, and the cubic zirconia studs along them give them a little extra sparkle. These are sweet and playful for the little Disney princess in your life.
Editor’s note: AAP states earrings are safe for all ages, as long as the earrings and area is properly cleaned. However, they do recommend to wait until your child is old enough to take care of the piercings themselves. With that said, as the parent, you get to use your best judgement! Please read up on the risks associated with getting a piercing, and ask your pediatrician if you’re unsure about anything.