cutting nails

Ashley - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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how do i get my 15 month old to sit still so i can cut her nails??

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Katherine - posted on 01/14/2010

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Cut them while your little one is sleeping other than that i don't think there is a way.

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Jessd - posted on 01/19/2010

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try to do it when they r sleeping. or hold them down. its hard but thats what i do..

Anna - posted on 01/18/2010

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I agree that cutting while my baby is sleeping is not an option.. he would wake up, I have sort of been doing 2 or 3 fingers at a time and then let him hold the clippers for a minute(which he loves) and the continue, making a game out of something always gets kids interested.. I love some of the ideas posted.

Candice - posted on 01/18/2010

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My son is 14 months and i used to do the whole pin him down thing, then i would do them while he was sleepin but my newest technique which works great i bite them! Ive made it like a game. He thinks its HILARIOUS! I say gimme those nails and like shake my head and make loud noises (like eating noises if that makes sense?) It works wonders!!

Sheila - posted on 01/18/2010

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This one is interesting:

I read on a different site about how a mother of a girl took her eyeliner and drew little happy faces on each nail and said that they were all going to get their hair cut! I thought it was sooooo cute! Otherwise, I used the while they sleep technique. After a while, you may still have to hold them down, or do it while you are clipping your nails first. Make it fun for you and more than likely they will be trying to shove their hands in before you are even done with your nails!

Michelle - posted on 01/18/2010

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i have cut my daughters nails since birth and have never had a problem she just sits there and lets me cut both her hand nails and toe nails, it is easier after the bath when the nail is softer i also sing this little piggy and she loves it

Trudy - posted on 01/18/2010

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I was having trouble getting my now two year old to let me cut his fingers nails, but I made a game out of it,we had been reading a book which had a crocodile in it, and everytime he seen the crocodile he said "Snap Snap" so I told him the nail clippers were a crocodile and it was going to eat all his yucky nails away, avery time I clipped a nail I said Snap Snap it there were no tears from him, mind you sometimes we could only get 1 hand done at a time, and would have to come back later and finish off the other hand. But it worked in the end.

Alison - posted on 01/18/2010

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I give my daughter something to play with while I cut them, cutting hers while she was asleep was not an option either as she would wake up. I always start by cutting mine first then she watches and then I say ok now your turn! Try doing it after the bath when they are relaxed. I find it works for me.

Casey - posted on 01/17/2010

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My daughter is 5 months. I have tried to use baby clippers but I cut her finger when she was asleep. I have been too scared to try it again, that was about 3 months ago. I now file her nails when she is nursing. I dont have to worry about cutting her fingers or tearing the nail off too short.

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My 17 month old is squirmy too, but I do "this little piggy" with his fingers and clip each nail as I say it and he loves it. He even thinks the clipping noise is funny. Ive tried doing it when he's asleep but he's a light sleeper.

Michelle - posted on 01/17/2010

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Make it a game. Garrett gets mani and pedi's... if she watches you do it.. she'll be better about it. At least that's what I have found. Also, if you can only get one or two done at a time. That works too, they'll all eventually get done. :)

Sharon - posted on 01/16/2010

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it's really not easy.....the best thing is when he's sleeping or even try is his bath time

Rebecca - posted on 01/16/2010

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When my son was that old I would let him watch me cut my nails. If your 15 months has any older siblings let them watch you cut their nails. My son now loves getting his fingernails and toenails cut.

Jackie - posted on 01/15/2010

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i would wait until she was asleep to cut her nails.. she wouldnt even know and you woldnt have trouble with her moving around.

Arelis - posted on 01/15/2010

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Well the truth is that my son NEVER let me,so I always waited til he fell asleep and then go for it. When he was 6 months old, I tried cutting them while he was awake and ended cutting him and he was crying and bleeding. I was so sad,poor baby.

Jessica - posted on 01/15/2010

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A lot of doctors recomend biting your childs nails if they move around to much (after making sure the child has clean hands, of course.) Cutting them with nail clippers sometimes can be a very easy way to cut to short, when you bite them off its easy to know when to stop. Or you could just cut them while the child is sleeping so there is minimal to no movement. I used to do both and I never had any problems. Hope this helps.

Colleen - posted on 01/15/2010

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I put my daughter's (sne's 17 months) favorite show Barney on whenever I attempt to cut her nails. She sits on my lap and watches the show while I cut her nails.. I can usually get through a few nails untils she realizes and then i take a break and once she gets into the show I start back up.

Carolee - posted on 01/14/2010

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Either wait until she's sleeping, or make a game out of it. My son hated having his clipped until we kept celebrating (seriously, we cheered "I got it" after every little snip and did a dance when we finished each hand) whenever we cut of any little bit of his nail.

Melissa - posted on 01/14/2010

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I used to do it when my son was sleeping, or I would bite them while he was sleeping. This way she has no ides that you are even doing it and she won't move around so you won't cut her.

Brittany - posted on 01/14/2010

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my son didnt like it for the longest time. he has actually gotten better since his little brother was born b/c now that he sees him getting it done he wants his done too. lol. but with him i would start...and just talk to him the whole time. either distract him with toys or his favorite tv show...and make sure knew that he had to sit very still so that mommy didnt cut his fingers. it has taken a long time...but now any time he sees the nail clippers out...he crawls in my lap to have them cut...even if they dont need it!!!

Anisha - posted on 01/14/2010

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I cut my daughter's nails when she's asleep otherwise i find it impossible! She's 14 months old x

Ashley - posted on 01/14/2010

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thanks everyone. unfortunately doing it while shes asleep isnt an option. she will definitely wake up. i guess ill just have to restrain her till shes old enough to understand "sit still"

Alyson - posted on 01/14/2010

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Two suggestions that worked really well for my kids... My five year old, when she as younger hated getting her nails cut so I either did it when she was asleep or did a few at a time to build her up to it. The other thing I do with my 2 year old is to sing "This little Piggy..." and we do the stoy with every finger. He loves that and now we cannot cut his nails any other way. He will say "little piggies" every time we go to cut nails now. Hope this helps!

Nicole - posted on 01/14/2010

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Hey Ashley,
I wait until my little guys goes to sleep at night, it just makes it easier for both of us :) Once in awhile if I'm clipping my own nails he'll let me do his, but it doesn't happen that often. (He's 2) Good luck.

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I had to hold mine down at that age. I crossed my legs over hers and held my arms across her body it does not hurt them if you do it right. Also explain what you are doing every step of the way. I only had to hold her down like twice now she likes to watch very closely to make sure I am doing it right. She is 2 1/2 now.

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