Trimming Your Baby’s Nails
Newborns have barely any control over their hands and fingers, making stray scratches on their faces a real possibility. A good rule of thumb is if your baby’s nails are long enough to scratch their face and eyes, it's time to cut their nails.
In general fingernails will need trimming more than once a week. As toenails grow more slowly, a couple of times a month is fine for them.
Below are some tips to help you successfully trim your baby's nails.
1: File Nails with Care
Filing your baby's nails with an emery board is a gentle and safe alternative to traditional clipping. It is more time consuming, however the risk of injury is significantly reduced. Use an emery board specifically designed for babies, avoiding metal nail files that can be too abrasive for their delicate skin.
2: Baby Nail Clipper
Invest in a quality baby nail clipper, a tool specifically crafted for a babies miniature nails. Gently push back the fingertip to create space for the clipper and focus on short, careful clips just above the white nail line. For toenails, a straight-across clipping technique is recommended. Maintain a firm grip on your baby's hand or foot to ensure stability during the process. Smooth any rough edges with an emery board.
3: Clip During Sleep
Timing is crucial when it comes to baby nail clipping. Optimal conditions arise when your baby is peacefully asleep. Waiting until naptime or bedtime ensures minimal resistance and reduces the chances of your little one wiggling or squirming.
4: Use Feeding Time as a Distraction
If you choose to tackle the task while your baby is awake, schedule the session during feeding time after a relaxing bath, when your baby is at their calmest and their nails are soft. Create a soothing atmosphere and be as relaxed as possible.
5: Double Team
If the prospect of clipping your baby's nails solo seems overwhelming, seek help from another adult to hold your baby steady or provide a distraction while you focus on the task at hand.
6: Temporary Solution
If you are unable to clip your baby's nails immediately, opt for mittens. These soft hand coverings act as a protective barrier, preventing accidental scratches, especially during sleep. Mittens offer a temporary reprieve until you can tackle the nail-clipping task with confidence.
If you accidentally nick a finger or toe rinse the cut with cool water and cover it with sterile gauze or cloth. Apply gentle pressure, and the bleeding should stop swiftly. While antibiotic cream can be applied, avoid bandages to prevent any choking hazards for your baby.
Mastering the art of baby nail clipping requires patience, practice, and a touch of creativity. Each baby is unique, so adapt these tips to suit your baby's temperament, making the process a positive experience for both of you.