October 30, 2015


Your baby's nails may be softer and more pliable than yours, but make no mistake, they're sharp. Newborns often end up scratching their own face, since they have no control over their flailing limbs. And your baby's fingernails grow so fast you may have to cut them as often as a few times a week (toenails require less frequent trimming). The easiest way to trim a baby's fingernails may be to just peel (or bite) the ends off with your fingers. Your baby's nails are so soft that they will easily rip right along the tops of his or her fingers. And don't worry – you won't rip the whole nail off this way. You can also file them down with an emery board, if you have the patience. Otherwise, you'll need to invest in a pair of baby scissors or clippers, and grab a partner. One of you can hold your baby to minimize wiggling while the other does the job. (You may want to try it while your baby is feeding or sleeping.) Press the finger pad away from the nail to avoid nicking the skin, and keep a firm hold on your child's hand as you clip. In the case where he/she isn't sleeping nor feeding, singing for him or her might help. As some babies would enjoy paying attention to the music while you get the fingernails cut. Stay kamsified!

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