Best Way to Trim Baby Nails

How in the world are you supposed to trim baby nails? Truth be told mama, trimming your baby’s nails can seem like a daunting and downright scary feat. Their fingers are so fragile and delicate and so small your tempted to bring out the magnifying glass just to see them!

Best Way to Trim Baby Nails

First of all, don’t stress because we have all been there. When you begin doubting your manicuring abilities remind yourself that you are more than capable mama. Trimming your baby’s nails is essential for their safety.

I’ve provided some helpful tips and tricks to help you along the way and ease your worries. Take a look below for the best way to trim baby nails!

Why should you trim your baby’s nails?

Your baby’s nails have been growing before they were born and are growing constantly, precisely at a record of 0.1mm a day! They grow so fast it can almost seem impossible to keep up on trimming them at times.

Although you feel like a full-time manicurist, it’s crucial to keep up with tending to their nails. As you’ll quickly discover, they can become razor sharp, and your baby will accidentally scratch themselves and you.

Newborn’s nails, you’ll notice, are quite pliable and soft, so you won’t need to trim them as routinely. The nails will wear themselves down by coming into contact with your baby’s clothing.

Older baby’s nails will wear themselves down by playing and interacting more with their surroundings. However, it is still recommended you tend to your baby’s nails at least once a week.

How do you trim baby nails?

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, nail trimming. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

  • It may seem obvious but make sure you have plenty of light!
  • When trimming your baby’s nails it’s important to push down on the fingertip skin exposing the nail properly so that you avoid clipping your baby’s skin. Trim the nails following their natural curve.
  • Be sure to file sharp edges left behind.
  • When trimming your baby’s toenails cut them straight across so that you avoid ingrown toenails.
  • It’s helpful to trim your baby’s nail when they are drowsy or asleep. That way they won’t accidentally jolt causing you to nip the skin. I have found it extremely beneficial to carry a pair of clippers with me at all times! I can seize the opportunity when it arises to trim their nails such as in the car, in the stroller, at a friend’s house, out to eat, etc.
  • Trimming your baby’s nails while they are awake is not impossible, it’s just a bit trickier. If you have a fussy little one when it comes to nail trimming try singing songs together, make a game out of it, show them how you trim your nails too, distract your baby with a toy, etc. All in all whatever it takes to get the job done safely!

Not so horrible right? See, you got this mama!

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