How-to: clip your baby's nails
OK, so let me confess, my first experience cutting my daughter’s nails was a bit of a disaster. There was a little bit of blood and a whole lot of tears (mainly from me). Which is why I think I’m in a good position to be handing out tips on the subject. Since that ‘experience’ I take every single precaution to make cutting my baby’s nails a quick and super-safe process for both of us.
Baby’s nails grow very fast, and as soon as they are long enough to scratch then you should cut them. Keeping your baby’s nails neat and tidy is more for their own safety – those wiggling waving hands flapping about and that oh so smooth baby skin can be a bad combination.
Here are some tips to help you cut your baby’s nails:
Find a good position
Use a high chair, sit your bub on your lap or get someone else to hold them. Some mothers even wait until their babies are asleep. Whatever your position, some singing and talking to your baby will also help distract them.
Use a tool you’re most comfortable with
There are special baby tools for this job, like Manicare’s Baby Safety Scissors with rounded tips, or, if you prefer to clip than cut, Manicare also has some Baby Nail Clippers. You can a use a simple emery board to file down any sharp edges.
Now you’re ready, hold baby’s palm steady with one hand and cut/clip/file with the other.
Then once you’re done, breathe a sigh of relief that you both survived, and get ready to do it all again very soon.
Do you have any tips to help care for your baby's nails, hair and skin without causing tears?
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