How To Cut Baby Nails

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Have you seen how tiny baby finger nails are? As Ed Sheeran says “Fingernails the size of a half grain of rice” and he’s not wrong. Cutting tiny baby fingernails can seem like a scary adventure, and you have to do it on a daily basis because if you don’t they scratch themselves with their long sharp nails.

You’re going to want to have some special baby nail clippers, nail scissors or a nail file on hand before you cut your baby’s fingernails.

To cut the nail, press the finger pad down and away from the other fingers. Hold the hand nice and firm and trim the nail along the natural curve of the nail tip. Toenails should be trimmed straight across.

While it may seem like a stressful task for your already overwhelming life with a newborn, learning how to cut baby nails properly with the right tools can make the job less overwhelming and stressful overall.

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Tools You Need To Cut Baby Nails

You will require special baby nail clippers, a baby nail file, a baby emery board or baby nail scissors. Most baby care kits come with baby nail scissors in them, so you might have some on hand from your baby shower. If you don’t be sure to add them to the baby registry.

Here are our favorite baby nail care supplies:

You’ll also need to cut the nails in a well-lit room so you can really see what you are doing. Many baby fingers have been cut with baby nail clippers due to a lack of light.

You’ll also want your baby to be nice and comfortable. Some parents like to lay their babies down on tummy time mats while others prefer to cut the nails at the changing table. You could also recruit your nursing pillow for the job.

For the first few rounds of baby nail clipping sessions, you might want another adult present to help you out with a wiggly baby.

Once your baby is older and you no longer need another adult to help you cut the baby’s nails, you could use baby toys to distract the baby while you cut the nails.

How to Cut Baby Nails With Baby Scissors or Clippers

Before you start cutting baby nails, you’ll want to have a plan in place. Here are some tips to help you safely cut baby nails with nail clippers or nail scissors.

  • Gather all of your tools before you get the baby ready for cutting nails. Baby nail clippers are very popular option for new parents and come in many baby care kits.
  • Pick a time when the baby is nice and relaxed and happy so that the whole nail cutting experience is nice and easy. Some parents like to give their baby a bath first and then cut the baby nails when they are softer and the baby is nice and clean.
  • Place your baby comfortably on the baby change table, the nursing pillow or onto the tummy time mat.
  • Hold the baby’s fingers firmly.
  • Separate the finger that you are cutting from the other fingers.
  • Trim the baby nail above the white nail line, and try to make it as smooth as possible.
  • Be very careful and go nice and slow when cutting baby nails.
  • Finish the job off with an emery board to round up and sharp edges.
  • Keep all the supplies ready for the following day.

How To Cut Baby Nails With an Electric Baby Nail File

An electric baby nail file is much easier and safer to use on your little one. We highly suggest you add one of these to your baby registry.

Here are some tips on how to cut baby nails with a nail file. You’re trimming at this point, not so much cutting.

  • Gather all of your supplies. This might just be the nail file kit.
  • Pick a time when baby is happy and relaxed, such as after a bath or after they have woken up from a nap and had a feeding.
  • File the baby nail above the white nail line, and try to make it as smooth as possible.
  • Be very careful and go nice and slow when cutting baby nails.
  • Keep all the supplies ready for the following day.

Frequently Asked Questions On How to Cut Baby Nails

Conclusion – How to Cut Baby Nails

Cutting baby nails can seem daunting, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not so bad, especially if you have the right tools.

Make sure that your baby is nice and relaxed. It can be beneficial to cut the baby nails after a bath, after a nap and feeding, or when the baby is in a playful mood. Avoid cutting the baby’s nails when the baby is stressed out or unhappy.

You’ll need to have proper tools on hand such as baby nail clippers or a baby nail file. We love the baby nail file because it is easy to use and there is no way you could harm your little one.

You can use baby mittens on the baby when you haven’t had a chance to cut the nails and they have become sharp. When using baby mittens, make sure the baby is not asleep as that is not safe and could be a choking hazard.

How To Cut Baby Nails

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