Babies finger nails

Bronwyn - posted on 06/01/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My bub's finger nails need cutting around every 3 or 4 days and its driving me crazy. Ive started biting them as its less stressful for her. She is 5 months old and ive only ever trimmed her toe nails once. Is it normal for their nails to grow so fast?

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Nicki - posted on 06/11/2009

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I have to cut Liam's nails at least once a week too . . . it is getting harder and harder as he gets older and more active! Toes aren't bad for growth, but he was born with a club foot and had casts for 12 weeks and then special shoes all the time for three months and now the shoes at night, so he absolutely hates having his feet touched, so I'm glad that I don't have to do it very often!

Bronwyn - posted on 06/09/2009

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Awesome the magnifying glass sound like a great idea, i havent seen them around but will keep a look out now. Also if i do bite my daughters nails im always sure to wash her hands before she puts them in her mouth. My neo natal nurse actually suggested i do it this way as she never my baby never stops moving.

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2009

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I'd say I trim up my son's nails once week -- and toes once every few weeks. I've got these clippers with a magnifying glass at the end I picked up at Target, which work great. I find laying him on his changing table and singing to him keeps him from wiggling too much.

Lisa - posted on 06/09/2009

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I cut my son's nails every 2 days or so....he scratches at his face if I don't because he has a bit of eczema. I have always used clippers, so I can do it really fast and he does not mind.

Johanna - posted on 06/07/2009

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Hi .. I have a 5 month old son I have to cut his nails every other day.. I agree that it's good health and also is a sign of healthy eating.. Now I really don't know if I'm understanding it wrong when I see biting them in some of the post.. what does that really mean? like nail biting your babies nails.. ? If it is nail biting as in chewing them off with your mouth I don't recommend you continue to do that, human mouths have so many germs that's is so unsanitary to even do that.. I think you should try to use a clipper or scissors.. try doing it while your baby sleeps it might be easier..

Melissa - posted on 06/07/2009

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I have to cut my daughter's finger nails once a week too! They just grow so fast. And like Tricia, I have to cut her big toenail more often then the rest of the toes....how funny.

Tricia - posted on 06/06/2009

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Its definitely normal! I wish it wasn't, but it is. My baby's toes aren't too bad, compared to his hands. His toes are like mine and I only have to cut the big one every few weeks and the other toes once a month.

Melissa - posted on 06/06/2009

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I don't know if it is normal or not, but that is what happens with my child as well. I know that my fingernails grow faster than my toenails too.... Thats a good question... I never even thought to ask it

Amy - posted on 06/06/2009

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I do James' nails every few days. I must say, I bite them rather than cut them because he doesn't like the scissors. I try to do his finger nails while he takes his bottle. I do his toe nails when we play on his blanket, I pretend to eat his feet, and just catch his nails as we play. He is just over 6 months now!

Louise - posted on 06/06/2009

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Yep! I have the same problem too! I have to cut Rhianna's nails once a week. Will be interesting to see what your replies are Bronwyn!

Julia - posted on 06/01/2009

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i have the same problem! my little guy's nails grow like weeds! he's not too bad for having them cut with the baby clippers (even though since he's become more grabby this is harder and harder to do). however, i've heard that this is a good thing and means that your baby is healthy. i'm not sure if that's true, but it makes me happier every time i have to cut his nails! ha!

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