How to Cut your Baby’s Nails
Knowing how to cut your baby’s nails will ensure that they don’t scratch themselves. Because your baby’s fingernails grow very quickly, file or cut the nails about twice a week (toenails don’t grow as quickly). Whether you use baby scissors, a nail clipper, or a nail file (which has the least chance of cutting your baby’s skin) be sure to keep an eye out for jagged areas. The following ‘how to’ details some essential tips.
1- Cut your baby’s nails after a bath as they’ll be softer.
2- If they fidget, try trimming a baby’s nails when the baby is asleep and relaxed.
3- If you use scissors or a nail clipper, gently hold the skin under the nail down so you can get to the nail more easily. It helps to have your partner hold the baby’s hand steady the first few times so you can concentrate on cutting.
4- Trim your baby’s fingernails following the natural curve of the nail. Cut toenails straight across.
5- Use a nail file after clipping to smooth any jagged edges.
If you accidentally nip your baby’s skin with the scissors, apply gentle pressure with a clean tissue. Use a tiny bit of antiseptic on the cut.