cutting finger/toe nails?!?

Maria - posted on 11/02/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )




i realized as i was nursing my son to sleep, and to bed tonight, and waiting for him to fall asleep before i clipped his fingernails, that after he is weaned- and im also in the middle of sleep training,- that i wont be able to use his sleep to cut his nails, as he will be putting himself to sleep in his crib.

my question is, how do the rest of you get your 1 year olds still enough to clip nails? my son will never sit still enough, and if i let them go too long, they become vicious claws :)

any ideas/suggestions for the imminent future?

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Tamara - posted on 12/20/2009




I don't know if this is helpful but - we don't do it. She's never been the sort of baby who will tolerate you fiddling around - nappy changing can be a nightmare. She won't fall asleep unless in her bed by herself, so opportunities are rare. I do occasionally clip a few toenails while she's busy with something else. While that is easier than fingernails it still takes a while. Although her fingernails are longer than I would like they do break by themselves. We're lucky in that there is no childcare requirement for cut fingernails.

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I like to cut my son's toenails and finger nails when he is in a highchair. The toes are the easiest part. When it comes to the fingernails it kind of gets difficult and we don't always get to finish in just one sitting. If he has a something to play with in the other hand that helps alot. It is also alot easier when my husband is home because he can distract him and I can get it done fairly quickly. Sometimes my son likes to curl up on the couch for his nap so when he falls asleep I sneek over and clip his fingernails and toenails and he never even realizes it.

Christine - posted on 11/09/2009




I file my daughters nails with a crystal file. She handles that really well, much better than the clippings anyway!!

Nic - posted on 11/09/2009




If my husband is clipping her fingernails, I sing and dance in front of her to distract her. If Im clipping them by myself, I put some nursery rymthms or baby signing time from utube on my laptop in front of her and she is mesmerized (she isnt allowed to watch TV otherwise).

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now days, my 1 year old has actually started sitting still when I cut her nails...miraculous!! Before that, I would give her something to hold in one hand.

Best wishes!

Julie - posted on 11/05/2009




I try to do them after her bath because while she's on the changing table, at least I can get her toes because she's sleepy. Last night she was very good letting me do them but she is also very tickelish. The hands are harder to do because she's very active, but I had her sitting on my lap last night and she fell right to sleep while I was cutting them. After bathtime I find the easiest for me

Allison - posted on 11/04/2009




I lay my daughter on the changing station and sing to her while i clip her nails. That amuses her. You could try doing them when he is in his high chair, that may help with the wiggles. Just try to be fast and distract him. Good luck.

Lesley - posted on 11/04/2009




My daughter is great with it - she's 12 1/2 months old and holds her hand out like she's getting a manicure! Her toes are tricky as she has really ticklish feet! But we get the job done if I sing to her or tell her a story. xox

Ariel - posted on 11/03/2009




We fight over the fingers every time, but my son usually handles the toenail clipping ok. He just always tries to grab the clippers when I do his fingers. So I bought a spare clipper and he holds it in one hand while I clip the other hand.

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I cut my sons toe and finger nails when he's sitting in his high chair, like a manicurist. It's easier to hold them still and the clippings collect on the tray.

September - posted on 11/03/2009




I sing songs to our son as I clip his nails. My husband also helps sometimes by distracting him with silly faces :) Our son does pretty good and it also helps to do it quickly! LOL

Minnie - posted on 11/03/2009




I give my daughter something pretty interesting to hold and do as many as I safely can in the time allotted. Then when she gets wiggly and fussy I let it be. Return later in the day for another go.

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