What's a good age to paint a baby's toe nails??

Crystal - posted on 03/15/2010 ( 78 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is 8 1/2 months and I wanna paint her toe nails but I don't wanna do it to soon. So when can you paint a baby's toenails??

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Meghan - posted on 03/15/2010

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I have a boy so I have never even thought about it but I would assume that nail polish has waaay too many chemicals and such in it. So I did some research for you and found this nail polish called piggy paint (sp) apparently it is made specialy for infants and has no chemicals or toxians, Maybe look into that and happy painting!

Nikki - posted on 03/16/2010

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I started painting my daughters toenails when she was 3 or 4 months old. She's 14 months now and LOVES to have her toes painted. I wouldn't paint her fingernails unless she doesn't suck on them. My daughter does, so I just paint her toes. I usually wait until it peels off and I paint them again.

Mary - posted on 03/16/2010

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My daughter is 4 and Ive never painted her nails. Figured I'd just wait until she asked...

Meredith - posted on 03/16/2010

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wow.. how did this go from painting nails to giving our kids cigarettes and spray on tans?? you guys are idiots.. and are the reason why i never wanna say anything on here.. GROW UP!

Andrea - posted on 03/16/2010

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LOL this is a good question.. As I have been painting my daughter toes since she was 6 weeks old.. I asked her NICU nurse if it would be ok they said yes, as long as i am using baby polish... So if you are on easy with it then speak with a doctor and ask them what they think of it... I know my daughter is going to a year old on 3-30 and she now hold still while i paint her pigs... Take care.. Also she is YOUR DAUGHTER so you as mom really do know what is best for her... Best wishes.....

Also my daughter was born at 36 weeks at 3lbs 8oz with Gastorschisis(inside outside belly) She spent the first 6 weeks of her life fighting to live.. She still has a rough road ahead of her so IF I as her mommy can give her little things that just make her even more pretty then she already is then i am going to... I feel that some mom's are judging mom's and comparing what one another are doing with our own childern.. I feel that she was just asking for a little input on what us other moms thought of Painting her daughters nails... I think that as mom's we should respect each other enough to give helpful advice and not judge each other.. As you never know what could happen in a small time frame... Sorry if this upsets any one but i just feel that some of us take for granted what we do have. When we really should just be thankful to have what we do have.. Sorry again, but when you almot lose or have even lost some one (chid, parent. grandparent) you learn not to take things to heart all the time.. As my daughter and mother in law have shown me... (my daughter was 5 months old when my mother in law passed away.. She was her FIRST grand daughter) Take care and We as mom's need to do the best that we can... Thank you for reading... ( i have a 2.5 year old son and an almost 1 year old daughter) (11 months adjusted)

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Andrea - posted on 03/16/2010

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Nikki, I am glad to know that i am not the only mom that waits for it to peel off and start over.. Thank you for that... lol... My daughter still has her fingers in the mouth all the time and she is also just starting table food (long story behind that) So i only paint her little toes also.. She loves it..

Vanessa - posted on 03/16/2010

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Personally I am not the mothers that are a fan of painting babies toe nails. So in my opinion I wouldn't do it there is no need to.

Kimberly - posted on 03/16/2010

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**You can paint baby's toenails when they no longer puts their feet near or in their mouth. You don't want your baby injesting any nail polish. But anywho..I imagine her teeny tiny toenails would still be too small to paint.

Meredith - posted on 03/16/2010

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and Angela.. there you go.. YOU pretend to soak the cotton, but to HER, she's ACTUALLY putting toner on.. so I don't see a difference..

Rose - posted on 03/16/2010

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I painted my daughters toe nails when she was about 6 months. I didn't put it on her fingers tho cause she would probably try to chew it off. She loved it. She would look at her toes alot when i did. My daughter is just fine and smarter than an average 2 year old so i don't see nothing wrong for it. But what is good for my kid may not be good for your but i say go for it =)

Amanda - posted on 03/16/2010

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i waited until my daughter could sit still for me to do it and she's 3 and i've only started over the last 6 months but it's only when she wants it.

Gemma - posted on 03/16/2010

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and to the person who said when we do things as parents our kids will want to do the same so what do we expect we should just let them!! my daughters see me do my hair and my nails and my make up and have a glass of wine on the weekends so where do we draw the line would you let your little one have a drink or a smoke just cus they see you do it i would like to hope not grow up and act like a parent just cus we do it that doesnt have to mean our kids should have a go too..responsibility anyone!!!!

Carly - posted on 03/16/2010

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Aww this post reminds me of when my daughter was real little ans she wanted me to paint her nails so I did them pink and she was SOOO thrilled!!! Now she (age 5) has this insane rainbow collection of nailpolish, lol!!
So obviously I see nothing wrong with it, no matter what the age. It's all in fun, and I don't think that if you paint her nails you need to start saving for therapy, haha!!

Gemma - posted on 03/16/2010

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i agree she's a baby for gods sake what are you thinking paint your own nails if you want the attention dont use your baby as an accessory and ply her with harmfull cemicals and toxins its just wrong!!!!!!!!!!!

Katarina - posted on 03/16/2010

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I've been reading some of these posts, and to be honest I had never thought about putting nailpolish on a little one. I have a boy but have siblings much younger then me. I don't think I've even seen nailpolish on a girl younger then 4. The thought of putting nailpolish on an infant seems rather odd and unnecessary but each mother has to make their own decisions when it comes to their daughters and who are we to say it's wrong?

Jessica - posted on 03/16/2010

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I was actually going to paint my daughters toenails the otherr day but got distracted.. shes 6 months!! For some of the people with their rude comments and "strong opinions" they are uncalled for. Just because you paint their nails does not make them an accessory! you need to grow up. "Fake eye lashes, tanning, & make up"?! some of you people are just outrageous! Crystal, I say whenever you feel comfortable, GO FOR IT!! :)

Autumn - posted on 03/16/2010

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since its her toes it think it would be fine.. i dont see anything wrong with it.. just not her finger nail.. good luck getting her to sit still!! :) i can't wait to do that kind of stuff with my daughter!!

Brandy - posted on 03/16/2010

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My daughter saw me painting mine when she was 21 months and came and sat beside me and asked me to do hers too. So I did. I only did her toes though because I think it's a little much to have it on her fingers this young and would never put make-up on a child. It was just for fun and I don't see the harm in doing it every once in a while. She doesn't put her toes in her mouth and we had fun doing it. Then she had fun for the rest of the week showing everyone we saw her pretty toe nails. She was very proud of them.

Angela - posted on 03/16/2010

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And Meredith, just because your child sees you doing something and asks to do it too does not mean that they are old enough to participate. Dress-up can be done without make-up. My little girl does it every day. And when she sees me doing something that she wants to do, like applying skin toner and wants to do it too I pretend to soak a cotton ball and she rubs it on her face. Just like Mumma. I don't think our little ones should be doing everything that we do. I don't think that it is wise.

Angela - posted on 03/16/2010

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Lianne- in response to what is wrong with a bikini-in the back yard I think nothing is wrong with it. In fact, if you have fence let them go naked in the summer for all it matters. However, in public I don't think little girls should wear bikinis. There are lots of people out there that don't look at our little girls as sweeties, but as sexual objects. I know we don't like to think about that but it is true. I try to draw as little attention to my little one by exposing her body as possible. There are lots of nice one piece bathing suits, and when they are older there are very nice tankinis that don't show belly buttons and cleavage.

Vanity - posted on 03/16/2010

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I don't think there is a age limit to that I have been painting my daughters nails sence she was born (cali baby) so I think its whenever you are comfortable

Deborah - posted on 03/16/2010

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My little girl is 4 months old and i started when she was 3 months old and and everyone just thought it was the cuties thing ever.

Meredith - posted on 03/16/2010

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i just have to say.. i was thinking this same thing just yeaterday.. but my daughter still eats her feet, so i shall wait a little longer.. but honestly?? i put my daughter in cute outfits ALL THE TIME.. does that make me a horrible person? no. it would be the same thing if i painted her nails! and to the mom who said "omg she's gonna wear eye shadow by 3".. guess what??? if you wear makeup and your child sees you putting it on everyday, THEY'RE GONNA WANT SOME TOO!! they wanna be just like mommy and daddy.. and what's wrong with that? I remember dressing up at a very young age and pretending i was a queen or a princess.. it was FUN! i also remember my older sister painting my nails at like 5 y/o. I felt so PRETTY! as long as we teach our girls not to let looks define us, what's wrong with feeling and looking beautiful? whatever that beauty may mean for that person!

Lauren - posted on 03/16/2010

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My daughter was 3 months the 1st time i painted hers and i also dont see anything wrong with it as long as they dont chew on their toes. So i think u are perfectly fine to go ahead and paint away if you want.

Lauren - posted on 03/16/2010

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They do nail polish for juniors but i dont think its for babies - i dont have strong oppinions on much i think mothers know best ut on this one I dont think you should do it untill she is old enough to ask you to.

Carly - posted on 03/16/2010

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Maybe when they ask you to do it? That way it's there own personal choice!

Sarah - posted on 03/16/2010

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I personally wouldn't do it until she was like 3-4 y.o. Thats when my eldest became interested in painting her nails, to do it just because YOU want to is a little odd in my opinion. She's a baby, not a dress-up barbie! I have a 10 month old and its honestly just not something that even crossed my mind. Babies feet are cute enough without covering them in laquer. Plus think of the risks, fumes, chemicals, sucking her feet. I mean nail polish can damage adult nails so think of what it could do to your baby. I mean whats the next step? Hair extensions and make-up? You need to think about the risks, not about what looks pretty. Sorry if I'm being blunt but I'm actually quite shocked that this question is even being asked, let alone the fact that its being responded to by other mums who have actually done it. Its just not something I would have even thought about. But each to their own I suppose.

Vonda - posted on 03/16/2010

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I paint my daughters toe nails all the time... however, I waited until she stopped putting her feet in her mouth and I use a certain kind of nail polish from Sally Hanson that dries in seconds so there is no mess...
Her fingernails I still cannot do because she still puts her hands in her mouth

Vicki - posted on 03/16/2010

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My daughter is 18 months old and I honestly can't remember the first time I painted her nails but I am pretty sure she was at least 1. The only thing that kept me from doing it sooner was being scared that she would put her feet in her mouth. Now she likes to get in my nail polish holder and pick out a color and hand it to me and then go and sit on the couch and wait for me and then as soon as I sit down with the polish she hands me her toes. I can usually get all her toes but she only lets me do maybe one fingernail. I see absolutely nothing wrong with it but then again we also got her ears pierced at 6wks. My husband thinks its cute cuz she will go up to him and shove her toes in his face like she's saying look at my pretty toes daddy. I am sad tho as we don't have any little sandals that show her toes so when she gets her toes painted no one but us really gets to see them but that is just fine for now afterall spring and summer are coming so I will be able to find some cute sandals for her. We are expecting another girl the 1st week of April but she can come anytime and as soon as she quits chewing on her toes I am sure I will paint them too. I am more skeptical about the fingernails and am glad my daughter doesn't want hers painted as she is teething some more and likes to chew on her fingers and I'm scared even with non toxic paint it will still harm her. And yes there is no need for nail polish remover as it comes off rather quickly when you paint their little toes.

Misty - posted on 03/16/2010

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I started painting my daughters toe nails when she was around 6 months....now anytime I paint mine she has to have hers done as well! Her pediatrician said that it was perfectly fine as long as she wasnt putting her toes in her mouth!

Marissa - posted on 03/16/2010

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LOL, your post just brought back a funny memory to me. When my son was born his nails were really shiny and almost pink in colour and the first thing my aunt asked the very first time she saw him was "did you paint his nails already?!". I laughed so hard. Thanks for bringing that back to me! Paint your daughters toe nails if you like, why not. People do a lot worse things to their children (and dogs for that matter too), I agree though about waiting until she's not putting her feet in her mouth (if she still is) and nail polish and remover that's non-toxic.

Tori - posted on 03/16/2010

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Wow, I didn't think this was an issue that people would get so uptight about. I don't think there is a one-size-fits-all answer to this. Just do whatever works for you, as long as you go about it safely. I'm really shocked about some of the judgmental comments on here, some people need to lighten up a bit. Painting a girls toenails when she is a baby doesn't mean she's destined to become a skank, relax!

Lauren - posted on 03/16/2010

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i agree with the ones who disagree with this idea!!!! WHY do u feel the need 2 paint ur child's nails??!! u are simply dressing her up! are u goin 2 be usin false eyelashes, fake tan and straightening her hair at 2 like katie price?! let her be a child, get muddy, run around and fall over, stop tryin 2 make her grow up 2 quick. i understand little girl's like dressin up but i think at least wait til 3-4!

Crystal - posted on 03/16/2010

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Thankyou for all of your responses to my question. I found some VERY helpful. I did find some organic nailpolish and nailpolsh remover. I'm going to do it when she is atleast a year old. She doesn't chew on her toes. I just want to wait until she can walk, I am not downing on anyone that has done it earlier, if it wasn't for being scared that I would get it all over her toes I would do it now. Now for all the people that said she isn't an accessory because of painting her toes, that's just insane. If that were the case then you must just put your baby in all white?!?! When you put anything else on your child it makes then pop out..RIGHT??! I mean honestly, anything other than white would make your child a quote on quote accessory. Thanks for all the input though :)

BrookLinn - posted on 03/16/2010

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I say do what you want! I don't understand some of the people on here that are so over-critical about what other moms do. So you don't agree with it, does that mean you need to insult everybody else? What works for you may or may not work for others. CHILL! I can see freaking out if she was asking if it was okay to feed her kid rat poison, but nail polish?!? WOW.

Jen - posted on 03/16/2010

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You can paint a baby's toenails whenever they stop putting them in their mouth.





Just read the answers of some of the posters who are against this - If this were about making baby an accessory, then tell me you only clothe your child for warmth, and tell me you don't use barrettes and hair accessories or buy your children any dress shoes... The second I see one of you nay-sayers packing your kids around in a white onesie and white baby shoes with no accessories, and a plain stroller with no patterns or decorations... Then I will listen to your advice not to decorate my child.



It's not a matter of making them an accessory, it's a matter of amplifying their cuteness at an age where they are unable to and it's completely harmless to them. A baby wearing nailpolish isn't going to condemn the child to date rape in their teens. Get over it.

Nikkole - posted on 03/16/2010

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just bc you paint your lil girls toe nails dosent make her an accessory!!

Dina - posted on 03/16/2010

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we started painting my sisters lil girls nails when they where areound 2-3 months old an we would wait till they was asleep an paint them an use the polish that did not have that bad of an odor when you opened it... an make sure she does not suck on her fingers while polish is on there..

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you wouldnt have to use nail polish remover, it comes right off after a couple baths..I say go for it!! As long as she doesnt chew on her toes. Hope this helps you..

Emma - posted on 03/16/2010

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if your baby will stay still for you to do her toes then as long as you use one with less chemicals and a remover that isnt that strong, i dont see a problem

Lauren - posted on 03/16/2010

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I find it incredibly strange that you would WANT to do this to a baby??? I didn't realise so many people would be into it!!

Melissa - posted on 03/16/2010

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When she is no longer biting/sucking on her toes. You don't want the polish flaking off in her mouth.

Heather - posted on 03/16/2010

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Are you kidding? She's a baby, not an accessory! This is just ridiculous!!

Christina - posted on 03/16/2010

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How about you wait until your Daughter actually asks you to paint her nails?!?!?! My Daughter is 14months and i would not even contemplate decorating her up for my pleasure, she is a child not your accessory!!

Ashley - posted on 03/16/2010

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My aunt had twin girls, and when they were young, the only way they could tell them apart was to paint their toe nails! :o) Just make sure you're in a WELL ventilated area, or like others have said, use the kind designed for kids that dnt smell as strong, but I think you'll be fine painting her toe nails! I have a little boy, but if I had a little girl, I so would have painted her nails by then! :o)

Josslyn - posted on 03/16/2010

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I suppose it would be up to you, I know there are plenty of Barbie, Hanna Montana and little miss products available out there you could use, I would refrain from the ones us adults use due to the chemical contents and little ones are no doubt going to put their feet or fingers in their mouth. I would suggest you research it to full extent. :)

Nikkole - posted on 03/16/2010

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my lil girl is 5mts old and i painted her toe nails a few days ago. she dosent put her feet in her, she just plays with them. you can get lil girls nail polish that dont smell and if it dosent get in thier mounths it wont hurt them. and what is wrong with a binki at 12? i had one at 12. i had one when i was lil and i have self respect. my lil girl is prolly going to have one. it is up to us to teach them self respect.

Vanessa - posted on 03/16/2010

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i have tow girles 5 and 4 and only now do we paint nailes i think that 8 months old is way to young

Kari - posted on 03/16/2010

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i did my daughters toes when she was like 18 months, id say just make sure that she NEVER puts her feet in her mouth before you do it. i waited a long time only because my husband thinks she's still to little for it.

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hi, my daughter is 23 months and i paint her toe nails, she sees me painting mine and asks me to do hers,
she loves it and shows everybody!! its not hurting her, and it comes off in like 2 weeks, i dont do it often, only if she catches me doing mine and trust me that aint often LOL,
actually i think im gona paint ours today! :)

wots wrong with a bikini angela??? my daughter wheres one in the summer playing in the back garden,

Kimberly - posted on 03/16/2010

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**You can paint baby's toenails when they no longer puts their feet near or in their mouth. You don't want your baby injesting any nail polish. But anywho..I imagine her teeny tiny toenails would still be too small to paint.

Jen - posted on 03/16/2010

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You can paint a baby's toenails whenever they stop putting them in their mouth.





Just read the answers of some of the posters who are against this - If this were about making baby an accessory, then tell me you only clothe your child for warmth, and tell me you don't use barrettes and hair accessories or buy your children any dress shoes... The second I see one of you nay-sayers packing your kids around in a white onesie and white baby shoes with no accessories, and a plain stroller with no patterns or decorations... Then I will listen to your advice not to decorate my child.



It's not a matter of making them an accessory, it's a matter of amplifying their cuteness at an age where they are unable to and it's completely harmless to them. A baby wearing nailpolish isn't going to condemn the child to date rape in their teens. Get over it.

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