Clipping little nails!

Sonja - posted on 12/03/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any ideas on how to get their baby to sit still for clipping nails? I have been clipping my sons nails during his sleep, but he is so ticklish and is starting to wake up every time I try! My husband will sometimes hold him for me while I clip him awake, but it takes forever because we are fighting with him to sit still and not flinch or pull away the whole time. I have never clipped his nail too far or hurt him in any way while doing it. I think he is just super ticklish. I don't want to make nail clipping to be a stressful experience, does anyone have any ideas?

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Hellen - posted on 12/18/2010

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i play my son's favorite songs whenever i clip his nails and he sits still while smiling at the music.

Lydia - posted on 12/17/2010

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car seat! the baby is buckled up so you got a chance to clip the nails! I sometimes do while my husband is driving or while baby is still in the seat... distractions don't really work for us, my daughter always wants to get the clippers no matter what you do to distract her... and she hates to hold still for only 1 second.

Gemma - posted on 12/16/2010

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I couldn't get the hang of clipping. Even when bubby was asleep she managed to wriggle and there was an incident. I lost all confidence and started shaking so much when I picked the clippers up that I just couldn't do it. I started filing her nails instead and have been doing that successfully since she was about 1 month (she's now 8 months). She still squirms but I sing to her and make a game and manage to do it. I try different times too, sometimes when we're watching TV or other times when I'm getting her dressed. It works for us.

Sheri - posted on 12/13/2010

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I could never clip my daughter's nails when she was asleep so I started sitting her on the bathroom sink in front of the mirror & giving her something to distract her as well as looking at the pretty baby in the mirror & clip away. She usually watches me & may try to grab the clippers w/her other hand but for the most part - whatever's distracting her is more important to her than what I'm doing & it takes like 5 mins. Maybe she's a little vain b/c if I try to clip them anywhere else, she squirms but as soon as we get in front of the mirror, she knows... good luck (I find that this even works whenever I do her hair as well).

Mildred - posted on 12/09/2010

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I give my daughter something I would usually not give her just so she can stay still for a moment like nailpolish, my cell phone a tooth brush .or when im breast feeding her I do one hand then I switch her over and do the other!

Yvonne - posted on 12/09/2010

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Its easier to clip them right after a bath, they are softer.
I think the more often you clip them, they more they get used to it.

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i hold my daughter's hand firmly (she really likes to squirm and i'm scared i'll hurt her) but if she's too fussy and i'm not able to distract her with toys/silly noises/funny faces/music/anything! i'll just let her play and get back to her later... one finger at a time! ;)

Jessica - posted on 12/04/2010

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My son is really easy going and watches me when I clip his nails. Sometimes I have to find things to distract him, such as a tv show.

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