Baby Manicures – Nail Cutting Tips

Trimming Baby’s nails can be scary with their fingernails being so small and pliable. When my oldest was a baby I accidently cut a little of his skin while cutting his nails – it freaked me out and since then my husband has been the designated nail cutter for all 3 of my children. I am fine with this arrangement but I think my husband wishes I would not be so scared. Here are a few baby manicure/pedicure tips so maybe this task of nail cutting will be a little easier for you.

  • Finger nails grow faster than toe nails so fingers need more frequent maintenance than toes (potentially a few times a week for finger nails).
  • The best times to cut nails are either when your baby is sleeping or after bath when nails are softest.
  • Make sure you are in a lighted place when cutting nails.
  • Cut with either special scissors with rounded tips or clippers designed for babies. Some baby nail cutters come with a magnifying glass to see better.
  • Push nail pad away from the nail to avoid cutting the skin (like i did).
  • Cut finger nails along the curve of the finger and toe nails straight across (to avoid ingrown toe nails).
  • File rough edges after cutting nails. ¬†Another option is to file and not even cut, but it takes longer.
  • If your baby is awake while you cut their nails then give them a toy in the hand that you are not working on – to distract your baby
  • Some parents choose to bite their baby’s nails. This may introduce germs to your baby! On top if it, you can’t see what you are doing.
  • Other parents choose to peel but that is not advisable either because you may peel off more than you should.
  • If you accidently draw blood, do not use a bandage because your baby can choke on it when fingers go in their mouth. Just apply pressure until the bleeding stops or use liquid bandaid.
I hope these tips make that daunting manicure and pedicure more manageable. Good luck!