Just thought I'd share a little. In the past, I have had trouble getting willing help for disbudding at times convenient for me and right for the kids, so this year I figured out how to hold them myself! I get a hand towel and fold it into a long band. Get a washcloth and fold it into quarters. Straddle the kid with my knees and sit down, forcing him to lay down. It helps to fold his front knees under for him, so he goes down easier. So, I'm sitting on my heels with the kid under me, his head just in front of my knees. The washcloth goes under his head. The band goes under one of my knees, over his neck just behind his head, and under my other knee. I draw the band tight enough that he can't raise his head off the washcloth at all. Then hold the ears back and the head stable with my left hand, and handle the iron with my right hand. Works great! And no more waiting until they're too old because I can't get help! Does anyone have any other ways of holding kids to disbud or tattoo?