how do you manage to cut their nails?

Amy - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 64 moms have responded )

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how does everyone manage to pin down their wriggling baby to cut their nails? my husband and i are getting gouged by our daughter and she wont sit still long enough to cut them properly!

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Kylie - posted on 03/23/2010

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I can't bring myself to bite my daughter's nails, I want them straight lol. I do it when shes asleep at night as shes in a deeper sleep but if she does wake up i usually give her a dummy and soft toy to play with and shes fine. It's her toenails that are impossible to do no matter when I do them, she's so ticklish! I file them every couple days but she still hates it.

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I keep a pair of nail sissors in the car then when my boy falls asleep in his car seat I trim them.

Kristy - posted on 03/01/2010

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the only suggestion i have and it has always worked with my son is to cut them in the bath. they are preoccupied that way and their nails are also nice and soft so they are easier to cut. hope that helps you other mums. xx

Nicole - posted on 03/25/2010

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I sit my little guy on my lap, reach around him in a hug style, and hold his hand tightly. I make sure that when he starts to get antsy I let him go and play for a few minutes. That way he doesn't think of it as a punishment. I also have a almost 3 year old who I did the same to. All I have to do now is say "time to clip your nails" and he runs over, stands in front of me with his back to me and holds up his hand.

Sonia - posted on 02/23/2010

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i sit my 8 month old on my lap (in the position as if u were bout to take a picture) and i show him the clippers.. he usually looks at them while i clip and at times if hes starting to wiggle i let him hold them for a few seconds and then continue clipping. this method has worked for me. good tip is to do it when they 1st wake up or anytime they r NOT fussy! hope it works for others : )

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Melissa - posted on 04/05/2010

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I used to cut my little mans nails while he slept. Now he is nine months old and lets me while he is awake. If he is not in the mood to let me, I wait until later!

Rachel - posted on 04/05/2010

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I am scared of the clippers too, I always nibble them off while shes sleeping, very quick and easy!

Amanda - posted on 03/25/2010

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I do it while he sleeps!! He is a hard sleeper and he usually doesn't wake up, so that is normally the best time for me to do it! =)

Alison - posted on 03/24/2010

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I cut my daughters nails while shes sleeping. I dont even bother when shes awake.

Theresia - posted on 03/24/2010

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I sit my son on the lap and cut his nails, he used to be still, but now, we do it one finger at a time, could be done over 2 days. But during a nap is also possible though my son is a light sleeper so ht e nap does not work for me.

Kristi - posted on 03/23/2010

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I do it when she is asleep or while she's holding a bottle. She watches me intently but is hungry so she doesn't let go of her bottle & try to grab the clippers.

Tania - posted on 03/23/2010

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I wait until he's either sleeping or drinking a bottle, then I bite them. He doesn't mind when I bite them, but he wriggles like crazy when I try to clip them. I'm afraid I'm gonna cut him so i just bite them.

Kalle - posted on 03/23/2010

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I just keep trying until my daughter is in a quiet mood and will just sit there and watch Baby Einstein or play with something while I cut them. I find distraction works wonders.

Annette - posted on 03/23/2010

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I use clippers during bath time. The nails are much softer and easier to clip. Also, if I give baby Sam a bath toy in one hand, playing and splashing keeps him occupied while I clip the nails on the other hand. I've never had much success clipping my children's nails while they're asleep (I have 3 kids). Good luck!

Monique - posted on 03/23/2010

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I do my sons nails so he stands and watches what I am doing and is interested in watching his nails collect in a pile.

Laura - posted on 03/22/2010

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I file her nails. I just bought the Safety 1st electric filer thinking it would be faster. She doesn't mind the noise or vibrating but it takes longer than the emory board. If you try filing stick with the old-school files. They're cheap and efficient.

Nidia - posted on 03/22/2010

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I have the safety 1st clippers that have a little light so you can see where the skin starts. And nail clipping is the one time I let him watch TV. I set him on my lap facing away from me and while he's mesmerized by Elmo, I clip away. Usually only takes about 5 minutes

Rhiannon - posted on 03/22/2010

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hi everyone i hve 2 kids and cut both there nails with ease i either put a toy in the opposite hand im cuttn or do it when there asleep...

Natasha - posted on 03/22/2010

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The best way is to just cut it when they are asleep, thats what I always do.

Rebecca - posted on 03/22/2010

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i have been using a nail file, she see's me doing my so she thinks shes a big girl! but yea none the less if you do it when they are in their deep sleep your better off!

Jacque - posted on 03/21/2010

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Currently, I am still nursing my son. I'll lay him on my lap and while he is nursing on the left side, I will cut his nails on his left hand. When he is finished, I will flip him over and do it on the right side.

With my girls, I was able to cut their nails while they slept. Good luck!

Cindy - posted on 03/21/2010

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I bite my sons nails while we are in the car and he is in his car seat :) Easiest thing I have found because he is to busy paying attention to everything else.

Violet - posted on 03/21/2010

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I put my son in his high chair, get some of his baby lotion and make it a "Spa Day". After I do his, I do mine. He really loves the lotion part! I can't do it when he is sleeping because he sleeps on his hands.

Mindy - posted on 03/21/2010

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My husband and I have never had a problem with cutting her nails. I will say the best time to cut them is right after a bath. They are softer and easier to cut. Kennedy has always allowed me to paint her nails as well. She just sits there and watches me do it and when its time to allow them to dry I just read her a book.

Christy - posted on 03/21/2010

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I either do it when shes napping or when she is eating her bottle. She holds her own bottle and is preoccupied and lets me do it.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/21/2010

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Right after a bath, I sit crossed leg on the floor. She sits in my lap, all clean and happy. I sing songs as I clip and she generally holds still. She sometimes moves, but I stay calm and soothing in my voice, and she will be still again. I tell her when I'm almost done. Sometimes we count down. But I've done it this way since she was born, so she is used to sitting still to have her nails clipped.

Jubel - posted on 03/20/2010

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hi, at first we r having d same problem w/ our daughter but eventually we learned how to deal with it. i'll give u 2 options that u can try. 1st, try cutting her nails when she is asleep. when i want to cut her nails i try to let her sleep beside me on the bed or floor so that it would be easy for me to cut her nails. 2nd, if she's awake...put her in you lap wrap your arms around her as if hugging her and give her toy or something in one hand that would get her attention...normally after cutting some few nails she would start crying so hold her hand tight and try to make some noices or talk to her.later she would realize that i am not letting her go not until her nails are done so eventually she would stop crying. hope this works. :)

Felicia - posted on 03/18/2010

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I give my son baths at night and I clip his nails right after. That way they are nice and soft and he is nice and relaxed and just ready for bed.

SIAW YEE - posted on 03/18/2010

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I cut his finger nail just like that. I pull out his finger and I tell him that mummy want to cut cut. I show him the nail cutter. then he just lie down well and look at me cutting his finger nails. Love it........

Shanae - posted on 03/05/2010

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i cut my sons nails when he falls asleep that's the only time i can get them

Kayla - posted on 03/04/2010

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I give my daughter something to play with while i am cutting her nails or i have my husband sat down beside us and talk to her to keep her entertained.

Sarah - posted on 03/04/2010

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i just bite my son's nails off. it's a lot simpler than using nail clippers. i do it while he's going to sleep in my arms.

Stephanie - posted on 03/01/2010

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I bought a pair of baby nail scissors with a light on from Babies R Us. I cut my son's nails once he has fallen asleep. The light really helps!

Heather - posted on 02/28/2010

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I always do it when he's asleep and I have a free moment. Otherwise if I dont he'll claw me with not only his fingernails but his toenails too. Immobility is the key.

Heather - posted on 02/28/2010

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I pick a any nap time that I have a minute and i cut his nails and his toenails. Otherwise im like you and your husband he claws me and whoever else has him. Thats the best time to do it is when they are inmobile.

Rachael - posted on 02/28/2010

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I do it while Tyler is having a bottle. It's a lot easier to do it while they're busy and content!

Emma - posted on 02/28/2010

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Hi! the easiest and safest way for babies is to just file their nails- some even enjoy it :)

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My mom said she always did it after eating while the baby is sitting in the highchair (she was a caregiver). I file my kids nails. It does take longer but when I remember, I can use a soft buffer and do it every day or so and I won't have to spend time filing it down. I can get it really low and it doesn't bother them.

Andrea - posted on 02/27/2010

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I cut my daughter's nails when she is asleep in the car seat when we are driving somewhere.

Carmen - posted on 02/23/2010

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mine are quite good....most of the time they will sit on my knee to let me cut them but my 19m/o hates having his toes done so have to do it during his nap time.

Kristen - posted on 02/22/2010

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I cut my sons nails with nail clippers, Ive always done it while hes awake since the time they got long after the hospital, and he wriggles while I have his hand but as soon as he hears the clippers clip, he stops moving and watches me do them.. I let him have a couple min break before I do the other hand and he wriggles until he hears it start clipping that hand and than watches me do that one... I never cut all the white off so I end up doing it every week and a half but its better than him scratching himself or me and my boyfriend and I cant bring myself to bite his nails because I cant even bite my own nails...

Keeshea - posted on 02/22/2010

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I don't ... my husband does. He just sits Boo on his lap and cut his nails. Boo stays real and watches still his daddy cuts his nails.

Marion - posted on 02/21/2010

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we do it with much difficulty. Often I have to have my hubby hold her hands still while I clip them. She is a very wiggly baby. She wants to grab the clipper and explore it with one hand while I am cutting the other- which makes it difficult!! Doing it while the baby is asleep would probably be a good thing to try.

Stephgies - posted on 02/21/2010

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At first I ONLY used a nail file, which would take quite a long time. Now I use the nail clipper. I either clip my daughters nails while she naps or the latest thing I've tried is while she's in her high chair. She sits pretty still, I give her toys to play with and she can't completely twist and turn away from me. I do know of some people who have the doctors office clip their babies nails during their monthly visits.

Suzy - posted on 02/21/2010

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As a midwife I have been encouraged to get mother's to bite bubs nails or use a file. Never use clippers if the baby is likely to move. I have seen many ends of babies fingers cut off after an attempt at nail cutting.,

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