Tips for Trimming Babies’ (and Toddlers’) Nails
- Use baby nail clippers or scissors. They’re safer and easier to use.
- Have your partner or other family member distract baby while you do the trimming.
- Make sure you have good lighting and are in a good position to cut baby’s nails.
- You can do it while baby’s asleep to make trimming faster and easier for everyone.
- Cut sooth, rounded nails and corners — leave no jagged surfaces or edges.
- If you’re concerned about nipping a wiggling wee one, try using baby emery boards or little nail files.
- In the case of a nail-clipping boo-boo, apply pressure to the little cut to stop minor bleeding. Do not place a bandage on it because it will likely end up in baby’s mouth as a choking hazard.
- Trim baby’s nails as often as necessary to prevent scrapes, scratches, and eye injury to him or herself and other children.
If you can trim the nails while baby is sleeping, that’s probably the easiest way to go about it. Mine always woke up. I had to buckle her in her car seat swing (off mode), put a video on, and position myself so she couldn’t see the nails being trimmed. Otherwise, it was a writhing drama scene. What works best for you?
I love this quote by Samuel Johnson; I love it even more when absurdly set in the context of trimming baby nails: “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”