I'm one of those mean moms. I am making my daughter wait until she is 11 to get her ears pierced. So of course she is obsessed with earrings and wishes she could have them now.
I'm sticking to my guns.
But I was totally okay with letting her doll get pierced ears. We don't have an actual American Girl doll... they are too expensive! We got this pretty Journey Girl doll from Toys R Us for much cheaper, and my daughter loves it just as much as the much pricier name brand. I imagine that what you are about to witness will work on any kind of 18 inch doll.
Here she is, pre-surgery:
My husband got out his smallest drill bit. It was really, really, small... like, the smallest size they make. Then he carefully drilled straight down into the ear lobe where we wanted the hole to be.
Bam! Just like that, the doll has pierced ears! I hope it's that painless when my daughter gets her ears done. Yeah right.
I found some old studs and let my daughter have at 'em. Just another fun little accessory for her doll!
If you're having trouble with the earrings staying in, try putting just a tiny bit of hot glue on the post so that they are a bit thicker and grippier.