Braids for Babies With Short Hair: 4 Adorable Ideas

braids for babies with short hair

As novelist Roman Payne would say: “A girl without braids is like a city without bridges.” Braids and ponytails go hand in hand with long locks, but how do you style short hair? If your child doesn’t have shoulder-length hair yet, these adorable hairstyling tips are a must-try.

Hopefully, these braids for babies with short hair will make your kid fall in love with their new look.

4 Braids for Babies with Short Hair

1. Individual Braids and Ponytails

Braids and Ponytails

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If your baby’s hair is too short to braid the whole thing, you can make multiple little braids. Start by parting your child’s hair into several chunks equal in size. But ensure that there’s a lot of tiny hair sections to make a truly chic hairstyle. Then, comb each piece of hair separately to prepare it for braiding.

Once a section is ready, make a regular three-strand braid out of it. Make sure you fasten each braid with a colorful mini hairband. Or else, use several hair beads instead of a regular hair tie. You can also combine braids with ponytails to achieve a look that is even more memorable.

2. Cornrow Braids


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What’s better for a child with naturally curly hair than a classic cornrow hairstyle? Cornrows are traditional African-style braids that look equally stylish on both grown-ups and toddlers.

Of course, it could even take you a couple of hours to weave them, depending on the complexity of the hairstyle. But the best thing is, you can achieve many different looks using this technique.

All you need to do is braid your kid’s hair tightly and down to the scalp. But if your child’s hair is shorter than 3 inches, you may not be able to cornrow it. Or else, you might be able to make only tiny separate braids. Once they’re done, remember to secure them with bright baby hair bobbles with bows.

3. Bantu Knots with Braids


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Bantu knots owe their origin to the Zulu people of southern Africa, and they’ll look breath-taking on your toddler. Especially if your kid has natural locks, Bantu knots will restrain their hair and make the entire hairstyle sleeker.

All you need to do is section your baby’s hair into several equal parts — just like before. Then, take one strand of hair (either already braided or not) and start twisting it in one direction.

The longer you twist it, the firmer will be the position that this hair strand will start to occupy. Don’t worry, you’ll know when your Bantu knot is done — you won’t be able to twist this lock anymore.

In the end, remember to fasten each knot with a bobby pin. Also, make the Bantu knots only from your child’s top-section hair and weave the rest of their locks into braids.

4. Two-Strand Twist Braids

Two-Strand Twist Braids

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Last but not least, two-strand twist braids look great on short, natural hair. If you want, you can braid the entire length of your child’s hair this way or style only the bangs with two-strand twists.

All you need to do is divide your child’s hair into several sections, depending on how many braids you want. Then, part each section into two strands of hair of equal sizes.

Take one strand of hair and pull it forward and over the second one. Repeat this with the second strand of hair and, once again, with the first one. Do this until you reach the ends, and then secure the braid with a hairband.

Gretchen Walker
Gretchen is a homemaker by day and writer by night. She takes a keen interest in life as it unfolds around her and spends her free time observing people go about their everyday affairs.