Nail Trims

Monday - posted on 04/09/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any suggestions for getting my almost-9-month daughter to hold still while I trim her fingernails? It has turned into an ugly wrestling match and screaming fit every time they need cut! I can't do them while she's sleeping because it wakes her up.

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Lisa - posted on 05/12/2009

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I sit on the couch, put her on my lap with the tv on. Tell her she can pull the nail off ... sometimes it works. I hold her as still as I can and say LOOK.. PULL IT OFF.

I tell her after we cut we will paint them and let her hold the fingernail polish.

Tanya - posted on 05/11/2009

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I use to clip both my kids nails (fingers and toes) while they were napping. Then somewhere around 10-13 months, I started clipping them while they were in the high chair. At first they both were very squirmy, so I would clip my nails and show them that it wouldn't hurt and that it would be over and done with in a flash. I would make sure they could watch their nails being clipped just like they watched when I clipped my own (they were both very interested in seeing the clippings as each nail was done, strange I know, but it kept them still and allowed me to get the job done). Now my son who is 3 1/2 asks to have his nails clipped...even when they don't need it.

Laura - posted on 05/10/2009

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I put my son in his high chair and put him by the kitchen window. The high chair helps keep him still and he can watch the birds and trees in the back yard. My son is almost 12 months, and I find that using adult clippers really helps too. The baby clippers are just too small and make it difficult to get the nail. The larger clippers help to get the nail in one pass rather than multiple passes. It saves time!

Abbigale - posted on 04/26/2009

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I try to cut my 18-month-old's nails right after she wakes up in the morning. This way she is still kinda sleepy and not a monster yet. I usually only get 2 or 3 done before she realizes what I'm doing.

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you could try painting her nails after you cut them. she may start to look forward to getting them cut.

Ally - posted on 04/22/2009

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i just let her fall asleep nursing at nap time and before i lay her down i have my husband trim them. shes asleep and limp and its over in about 30 seconds. i use the nail scissors though and they are sooo much better than nail clippers!

Monday - posted on 04/21/2009

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I'll try that while she's watching the "Imagination Movers" in the morning. Thanks!

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I think I found something that works on clipping the nails! I don't know if it would work for your 9 month old but it's worked twice for my 18 month old. I usually let him watch 1/2 hour of tv in the morning (Veggie Tales) and half hour in the afternoon (Wiggles). I sat down with him the other day and watched with him (I usually use this time to tidy up or make a phone call or 2). I had the clippers sitting on the shelf next to the couch and thought "Hmmm....I wonder..." He was so engrossed in his show that he let me clip fingers AND toes without one squirm! He even let me file the corners! I'm gonna try it again next week when it's time and I'll let you know if it's a fluke or not.....

Monday - posted on 04/14/2009

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Well, I just can't bring myself to bite her nails--eewwww!  But..the thing that has been sort of working the past couple of times is for me to make a different noise for each finger.  (This one says "loo looo looo", etc the whole time I'm cutting)  But she's getting wise.  So I'll start trying some of these other ideas.  Thanks so much everyone!

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This is a constant battle in my house with my 18 month old!  I really haven't found anything that works every time.  I have tried letting him examine the clippers so that he can check them out and then explaining nail by nail (as I clip) what they are doing.  Sometimes this works but mostly nothing does!  I usually only get to clip 2 or 3 and then he's "over it".  So I resort to going "ooohhhh loooookieeee" and he'll stop squirming for two seconds....long enough to get one.  He doesn't mind the baby nail file though so if I can't get them all clipped I at least try to file the rough corners.  A friend of mine told me to bite his nails but I don't want to teach him a bad habit.  I honestly don't think there's a perfect solution until they get a little older lol.  So I guess we'll just have to deal with the squirming for awhile longer lol!

Christina - posted on 04/10/2009

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Some times I have to resort to giving my son a sucker or something that is a specail treat, that way he doesn't care cause he's to busy with his treat

Kylie - posted on 04/10/2009

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Bite them for her while shes having a feed (if you breast feed) or just cuddle her when shes sleepy after a bath and chew them off one at a time. Cutting babies nails is scary!:)

Amber - posted on 04/09/2009

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My daughter is fine(and has been since she was really little) as long as she is playing with something interesting. I give her something she doesn't usually get to play with and then take one hand at a time.

Anna - posted on 04/09/2009

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I always cut my dd nails in the bath tub. The water makes them softer and she is so busy with the water and her tub toys that she just lets me cut them. I found that if they are distracted w/ something even a toy in their other hand it is always easier to cut them. Good Luck!

Brandi - posted on 04/09/2009

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My boy won't sit still either. I either use the high chair...at least he's strapped in, or I use the changeing table and my upper arm to pin him accross his chest, while I use the same arm to hold his hand. I find I can't do both at the same time....he gets smart to me. So I do one hand in the morning and one in the evening. Good Luck!

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