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Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I'm terrified to cut my newborn's nails -- any tips?

Re: I'm terrified to cut my newborn's nails -- any tips?

The Bump Expert

The safest way to keep a newborn’s nails short is to just file them and not cut them at all. Since the skin of the fingers is usually attached to the back of the nail, cutting the nails often results in nipping the fingertip too (ouch!). Even though the bleeding is minor and can be stopped quickly with a little pressure, it's very upsetting to the parent -- and always seems like a lot more blood than it really is! Once baby is a little older (18 months), you can cut their nails while they’re asleep.

Dr. Paula Prezioso

re: Q: Newborn nail care?

while im breastfeeding i simple just bite my childs nails, like i would my own. it is easy, and i never bite too much!

NoahsMilkBar |

re: Q: Newborn nail care?

Filing them takes too long!! Babies don't sit still long enough for you to file them. You can try when they are asleep, but they usually wake up.

BaTaylor87 |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I usually clip my babies nails when she's sitting on my lap. I have her grip one of my fingers and hold her so she's facing away and clip away. You must be patient though, dont try to do it too quickly. If your nursing, try to cut her toe nails while she's nursing. BE PATIENT!

Sheerie |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I haven't used clippers yet, I'm too nervous. I've been using the little trimming scissors that many women use to clip hangnails. They work great because they trim just enough and are thin enough to where I don't clip the skin under the nail.

SarahO007 |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I always cut my baby's nails about 20 min after she goes to sleep. That way I know she is in a deep sleep and lest apt to wake up. Ive never had a problem cutting her nails when she is asleep.

ladymustang |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I've found the best way is to take my baby onto the patio. He has plenty of sights & sounds to distract him that he doesn't care he's getting his nails clipped and sits very still just looking around. Just go slow and stop if you have to.

Brady's mama |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I lay baby on my bed and lean over him to cut his nails so I have the same perspective I have when I cut my own, found that it makes it easier and I don't cut his skin on accident.

Tick |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I agree with the expert on this one. I have tried clipping my baby's nails with the baby clippers and have nipped him on at least one nail both times I have tried. It was absolutely devastating to physically harm my baby and see blood that I caused. I would rather him be annoyed with me trying to file his nails down with the baby emery board than listen to him cry when I accidently nip him with the clippers.

h2kool@yahoo.com |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

Something my mom suggested when we brought our baby home, was to just gently peel the tips of the nail away. It worked very well for the first few months when the nails were still so soft. My baby's finger nails started to peel on their own anyways and it never seemed to bother him. I still don't like to clip but now that he's a little older and the finger tips are more substantial it's a necessity. Maybe I will try filing.

Katerbugs |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I was told you shouldn't bite your child's fingers because just in case you carry HSV in dormant form it could really make them sick. I file mine while she's sleeping or get Daddy to do it while I feed her.

AshliMac |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

We filed our baby's nails while he was newborn, but a few months later we had to start clipping them since they got too long. Daddy clipped them a lot while I was nursing Nolan. I couldn't imagine trying to clip his nails now with him asleep, Daddy does the clipping while Nolan is awake.

bellyshelly |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I file my baby girl's nails while she is asleep. works everytime...make sure she is in a good sleep...my baby never wakes up!

stephcherie |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

My newborn would actually lay entirely on the boppy when I was nursing him, as I sat in the rocking chair. This would free up both my hands, so while he was nursing, i'd cut his fingernails no problem. The first time I just cut a little off, as I was nervous. After a few times, I was able to get closer to the finger. Good luck mommies!

Kelroxbaj |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I've always filed my daughter's nails. They grow really fast and sometimes I have to do it a few times a week. She sits on my lap facing away from me. She watches our dog or sometimes the tv. She is real good about waiting till I'm done. I do use the clippers on her toenails. They are easier to clip.

texasmama10 |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I clip her nails while Daddy is reading to her before bedtime. She sits on my lap and is distracted enough by the reading that she doesn't usually care.

Kelly619 |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

We peeled our baby's nails away when he was a newborn. Then as he got a little older and the nails a little more substantial we tried clipping them. At first I clipped them while he was sleeping but he seemed to always wake up. So I started clipping them while my husband feeds him. It's perfect because he's very relaxed and distracted while he's asleep.

clfortner |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I cut them with baby clippers when baby is sleeping. They grow way too fast for only filing. She wakes up if I bite them. and though I try to file away as much of the sharp edges as I can, the filing bothers her more than the clippers.

potterolph |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I wait til my little boy is asleep and then I cut his nails using a cuticle trimmer. It's very accurate, and you can cut as much or as little as you want! Much easier than fingernail clippers.

amae21 |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I have been cutting my 5 month olds nails since birth. The key is distraction as they get older. I will have her Daddy play with her or she loves baby einstein and may have that playing. Once she is distracted, I hold her hand and pull the skin under the nail gently down and just clip. I always use the safety 1st nail clippers and never cut too far down. Once you do it a couple times you will get more comfortable. Just take your time and dont stress if you can only do a couple nails at a time. Starting when they are new borns gets them used to you doing it and now she doesnt care when I handle her hands. :) Good luck!

Florita626 |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

We were so scared of cutting her, we kept mittens om her the first few months! ;) Omce she turned 3 months, I got brave and clipped them after she fell asleep nursing on the Boppy. I haven't cut her yet, although I occasionally clip a little first-layer fingertip skin.

jengy27 |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

We found that for us what worked best was to clip her nails while she sleeps. As someone mentioned before, we always try to keep her nails and toenails clean and she has her own clipper (we don't share clippers). when she was older, then we had to distract her to cut her nails. Can't imagine a toenail fungus treatment when she's so young (as someone mentioned before). Good luck!

cindy456 |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

BITE THEM YOURSELF. this is the easiest way to do it. no cutting and no crying. Babies nails are so frail so biting them is so easy. Try it. It works wonders!!

kmaurer14 |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

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Bulbazar |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

My son is 5 days old, and I file them with an infant Emory board. He sleeps right through it. Each baby is different, I would rather file, than risk cutting his finger.

Jchirinos28 |

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Ive been cutting my 5 mo olds nails since birth. I use Tweezer man baby scissors and they are amazing!! Much easier than nail clippers. He stays pretty still when I cut then so long as I have some music on. Think he likes it ;)

angelaoh80 |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

my mother bit all of mine and my 4 siblings nails and never used a file or clippers. its harmless. you kiss baby hands and toes anyways, its just a closer sweeter way to do it. i will be biting my babys nails in just a few weeks! so excited!

atticuslukeharrison |

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So what do I do when the cord came okay the stomach ?

Littleone12345 |

Q&A: Newborn nail care?

I started out with the file, but it was a lot of work. I tired a baby clipper but it was hard to not get the skin. Then one day I was extra careful and tried my cuticle nipper...it was amazing! I am able to get them nice and short and never get skin. He usually watches the tv and sits in my lap and I hold his hand very steady. I've never hurt him and I think now he's kind of use to it. The nipper are very pointy so you have to be extra careful, but there is nothing like them.

Babydoll1013 |