Nail clipping is impossible!!!!

Kimber - posted on 11/30/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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I can't figure out the secret to clipping my nine month olds nails! I went through the same thing with my son and still don't know how to keep them still! Everyone just says to wait til they are asleep but I am a single working mother of two and will not touch them once they finally go down at night! What is the secret to clipping their nails!

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Kimberly - posted on 12/01/2010

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Yes nail clipping can be hard and intimidating esp. since their hands are so little. It wouldnt hurt to grab a partner to help you by holding the baby to keep him from wiggling or distract him so he'll stay still. Experts also recommend occupying the baby's free hand with a toy so they dont try and grab for your clippers.

Hold your baby's palm and finger steady w/ one hand while you hold the clippers in the other and be careful nt to clip too much causing a quick since it can hurt.

Try cutting the baby's nails after a bath so that they're super soft. If you happen to draw a little blood, dont worry. Wrap it in a tissue and apply a little pressure. Dont use a band-aid since it could slip off into your babys mouth and choke.

If your baby's really throwing a fit, take a break to give him a chance to calm down or try to trim the rest tom.

Like everyone says, when they're asleep is the best way but sometimes you dont wanna risk waking the baby esp. if they have trouble going back to sleep in which case, I completely understand. lol Hope this helps some...Have fun ;)

Lara - posted on 11/30/2010

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Sometimes i give my baby a toy in one hand that distracts her while i clip the nails on the other hand!

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Beverly - posted on 12/02/2010

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I'm very opinionated so I have to say.....Mean mom????Strapping your kids down??? Jeez! Biting your child's nails?? Gross!!! We have so much bacteria in our mouths! I don't think it needs to go that far. Put on music or a tv show your child likes, sing a song or make it a game like I do with my son. I clip most of it and he gets to pull it off, weird but it works! Then he has to go show daddy and big brother!!!

Sarah - posted on 12/02/2010

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get a nail file and file them. Kids sit better for it and you don't have the worry of catching their fingers

Aydanbow - posted on 12/02/2010

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I just found it easier to hold their little fingers firmly. I use the baby scissors and not nail clippers. They soon realise that your not going to hurt them.

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I'm really surprised to hear that a few of you bite your kids' nails off. I'm not judging, I promise. I had a friend tell me to do that to my son when he was an infant and I just couldn't bring myself to do it. In my mind, it's like teaching a kid that it's ok to bite your nails. There is no more of a germ infested area on a human being's body than under the nails. Gross!

Chantal - posted on 12/02/2010

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I trim my son's nails while he's in the bath and distracted with something. I usually don't get them all in one sitting but within a couple of days they're all done.

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ok, i guess im the "mean mom" here... i sit my daughter (and my niece, im usually the one to do hers too) in my lap and cross my legs around her legs and hold her wrist/finger im clipping in one hand and i just do it. if she pulls i tell her shes making too big a deal of it, and if she just sits nicely itll be over and done with before she even notices. shes usually crying by the time im done her second hand, but at least her nails are clipped and i dont have to worry about her scratching herself or her brother.

Holly - posted on 12/01/2010

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My daughter used to be the same way< she woulf fight to have her nails clipped. The wait til they are asleep trick worked but now she is 2 1/2 after her bath I tell her we are going to make her nails pretty and clip them and pretend to paint them with nail polish. Good luck!

Beverly - posted on 12/01/2010

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As a mother of a very energetic child from birth, the last thing I wanted to do was risk waking him after he went to sleep but it was the only way to cut his nails. I usually had music playing in the background so there was some distraction. If he moved around, I would shoosh him til he went back down. It always worked!

Schyla - posted on 12/01/2010

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I always do my girls nails after bath time (they are much softer so it goes faster) and we play a game of it I make the nail clipper their favorite animal and then I say the piggy/lion wants to sniff your finger/toe my girls are 3 and 5 now and it works great!

Vanessa - posted on 12/01/2010

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bite them off!!
my friend didn't listen to me and ended up cutting her bubs fingertip off --- she bites them now and agrees she should have listened!!

Linda - posted on 12/01/2010

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When they fall asleep, the time they are in their REM sleep which is their deepest is about 10 minutes after falling asleep. Try that and I don't think they will wake up. Also used scissors and they don't feel it as much as the clipping sensation and noise. Good luck.

Sue - posted on 12/01/2010

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Show them how they work on you. Put in a movie and have them sit on your lap. When they lock on the movie take a hand and do a nail. I found if they are doing something esle they don't pay attention to you. When my daughter was about 21 months old she grabbed the nail trimmer and gave it to me! It will get better with practice.

Grace - posted on 12/01/2010

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I have a litttle girl and she wouldn't sit and let me do them either for the longest time. Doing it while they're asleep is great if you can but I'm a full time working mother and don't always get the opportunity. Now I tell her (when it's warm out) that if she sits still I will paint her toenails (there are some non-toxic nail polishes out there for kids now). Before when she absolutely would not let me do them at all, my best friend used to do them. I was slightly miffed to say the least. I couldn't do it but Emma would sit peacefully quiet while my friend did it. Worked every time, no idea why.

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I've always sat my son on my lap, facing away from me to do it. I do it after a bath when the nails are softer. When he was younger, like around your baby's age, I would give him a small toy to hold with the hand I wasn't working on. And once you get that calm moment where they aren't struggling.....you have to GO GO GO and just get it done really fast lol Sometimes it would take me all day to clip his nails because he'd only let me do one or two at a time but eventually I'd get them all. My problem was that he would never let me get his toe nails. He's 3 now and just last week, for the first time EVER, he sat on the toilet lid while I sat on a stool and he let me do ALL of them without a struggle. Good luck Momma!

Theresa - posted on 12/01/2010

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Just clip one or two at a time. Get as many done as they'll sit still for, then try a couple more after awhile. I also sing songs to my little ones while I clip. I start out just clipping after about 2 nails they're getting wiggly. I then ask if we should sing a song (for my 8 month old I don't ask, just start singing) and name several songs she (my 2 year old) can choose from. She picks and we sing. The choosing buys me 1-2 more nails, the song buys me another 1-2. For the baby I obviously don't give song choices, I just sing. It'll buy me another 1-2 nails. So the baby takes longer than the 2 year old. But it gets done eventually. Do it over a couple days if you need to.

Sondra - posted on 12/01/2010

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i always had that problem too. then my mom showed me a way instead of using clippers use your teeth. they dont pull away as much and you can tell how short you are getting them.

Tabby - posted on 12/01/2010

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If I don't do it when my daughter is alseep, and she has to be in a "dead sleep" for me to be able to do it that way, (she's 10 months) then I'll do it when she's really tired but not cranky. I put on her favorite movie and she'll kinda slump in my lap. I clip each nail quietly and quickly. If she happens to notice something I'll stop and just hold her hand, when she goes back to watching the movie I go back to clipping! Good Luck!

Hayley - posted on 12/01/2010

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We would give my daughter something to distract her so she paid attention to it and not the nail clipping. My daughter's now two and it's impossible to get her to sit still long enough to clip them so we started giving her a nail file to keep them filed down. She loves to do it herself and it saves a lot of arguing.

Dora - posted on 12/01/2010

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I have to agree with Lara. I do the same exact thing. I give my son one of his favorite toys to hold in 1 hand while I clip his nails on the other hand. It works everytime.

Stifler's - posted on 12/01/2010

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I would like to know too. They say while they're asleep but if I so much as walk into his room he wakes up.

Stifler's - posted on 12/01/2010

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I would like to know too. They say while they're asleep but if I so much as walk into his room he wakes up.

Iysha - posted on 11/30/2010

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Do it after they go down for bed, not naps. I found that my daughter wasnt "dead asleep" until about an hour after bed time so I'd do it then. I had tried during the day and got a few nails in at a time...when the day was done her nails were clipped. lol. But if you dont have all day, after they're really asleep is a great time.

Kate CP - posted on 11/30/2010

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That's really the only secret I know of. Wait until they are asleep. You can try filing them during the day?

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