any suggestions for finding an easier way to cut my toddlers nails?

Jessica - posted on 12/19/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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i have a very strong willed 16 month old, who is in this stage of only wanting to do what she wants, and when it comes time to cut her nails and toe nails she fights me and cries and kicks and screams, and i usually only get one or two done then thats it.. i was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to make this easier?!!

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Kathleen - posted on 03/08/2012

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I have a 27month old and he will let me cut his fingernails while he's asleep but won't let me touch his feet ((ever)) its a battle to cut 1 toenail... :-/ I feel SO bad but its gotta be done

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Nicole - posted on 01/20/2009

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i have a 14 month old, i don't cut his nails I file them down. You can buy a pack of baby nail files at Babies r us for 99 cents. I put on a cartoon, lay him down or put him on my lap and file away. I was always afraid of cutting him with the clippers. You can also try to do it when you give him a bottle. (if he still gets one)....good luck :) 

Carissa - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have a 20 month old, and she hates having her nails clipped. I wait until naptome to do it. I can get them all done at that time, and I have time to make them look somewhat decent...Not all ragged and crooked. Works like a charm for me!

Claire - posted on 01/18/2009

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hi i find the best way and also the safe way of doing this is to also wait till he is asleep and then use a nail file you do then not run the risk of cutting them or harming them in any way when i have sugested this to oyher people they have found this works hope i have help love claire x

Danielle - posted on 12/21/2008

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doing your own right in front of him is such a good idea.

my daughter is a really light sleeper, so i havnt been able to do hers while she's sleeping since she was a tiny baby. (around 5-6 months i guess)

i like the idea of giving them something to distract them too (daddies sunglasses always work as a good distraction)

Merredith - posted on 12/21/2008

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I have a 20 month old and I can relate. Since he is now at the stage where he wants to do everything I do I cut my own in front of him and that makes him want me to cut his. I think he knows he can't operate the nail clipper yet, so it works well for us. Good luck!

Ashleigh - posted on 12/21/2008

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I do it when my 14 month old son is drinking milk from his sippy cup. This works for us because he drinks all of his milk at one sitting.

Kandice - posted on 12/19/2008

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Hi,

The easiest way I can think of is wait till she's asleep and then bite them off...that's what i do to my 4 month old and I get all of his fingers nails off. good luck!

CHANTAL - posted on 12/19/2008

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My son had realy started to protest nail clipping by around 5mts. I would do all kinds of faces, noises, & sounds, the sillier the better. By 8mts he was over it & I tried the clipping while he's drinking his formula. That's a 50/50 now. While he's naping is the best garantee. We've now started with Daddy holding him & entertaining him with something he's usually not allowed to play with. Sunglasses, PS3 controller, remotes, cell phone, etc... A new unfamiliar item can draw them in & buy mommy the time she needs.

Jana - posted on 12/19/2008

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My 16 months old is the same way. I wasn't worth the struggle so I always wait until she is asleep. I can get all of them done in about 2 minutes! SO much easier then getting a few done at a time. Plus I have never cut her when she is asleep, unlike the fear when she was awake. I have also done the biting thing, but since she is now older it hasn't worked the best. I also found it easier when I got bigger nail trimmers. They are still "baby" ones but they have a bigger grip on them (American Red Cross brand) Good luck.

Danielle - posted on 12/19/2008

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i just try every day.... if i can get three nails done i'm happy.

(my daughter is 18 months old, we've been struggling with this since she was probably about 11 months old)

she's getting a little better now. cuz i can bribe her... (rockets candies, just one!)

tell her she's a big girl, and sometimes when i'm done i'll pain a nail... she LOVES that. she also gets a nail painted every time she pee's on the potty :P

Jamie - posted on 12/19/2008

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Distraction. Give her something else you normally don't let her have and see if that will occupy her. If you have a second set of nail clippers, let her hold those. Or wait until she's asleep --- a car ride works well so you don't have to worry about leaning over a crib.

Britney - posted on 12/19/2008

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well I think I might be able to help but my son is only 4 months old. But it always seems like he knows exactly what Im doing. So what I do is wait till I know for sure that he is asleep and what I do which might seem a little crazy is bit his fingernails off. Im so scared that im going to hurt him so I just bite them off so I know I dont hurt him.

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