clipping toe nails

Rachel - posted on 08/03/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )




My son is almost 19 months old and he does not like getting his toe nails clipped...he became so upset last time we got his nails that he made himself throw-up!!! Does anyone else have trouble with the tow nail clipping and if so any ideas....thanks


Kathryn - posted on 08/04/2010




YES!!! Major issues with cutting nails!! My son almost has to be pinned down by my hubby while I try cutting his nails.

Best advice I ever got. Let him fall asleep in his carseat with barefeet (during nap time, take a drive). and trim them while he is sleeping and his toes are exposed.

P.S. I have tried so many different things. Disraction with sippy, tv, toys, books, a pair of nail clippers for him to hold, Nothing worked till the car thing.

April - posted on 08/12/2010




At that age my son had the same issues. For him it helped when I let him choose which nail to clip next, and then counted one...two...three...clip. He actually likes his nails clipped now.

Denelle - posted on 08/06/2010




My son was exactly the same way. What worked for me was a lollipop (dum dum size). that distracted him enough that we could get it done....he still didn't like it but didn't go into hysterics. He is now 7 and has no problem with us trimming his fingernails. So they DO outgrow it and it DOES get better. :)


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My husband just asked me if I wanted a divorce because of a conversation over clipping my 3 year old's toe nails. I have to hold him down, but hubby refuses to support it, saying that it is my problem, not the child's problem. His nails grow around his toe, so I have to wedge the clippers between his nail and his toe. It's is so bad that I cannot do it anymore. Great ideas on here, but I've tried them all. please help.

Charlene - posted on 08/13/2010




My little girl does the same thing with cutting toe or finger nials and getting her bangs cut. I'm a hairdresser and my kid has uneven bangs, it's terrible!! Honestly to cut her nails I basically have to pin her down & just do it. It sucks it's painful to hear, but it's gotta be done. Or try having someone else do it, an aunt or friend, my husband can cut her nails with no complaint!!!! The joys of motherhood!!!!

Catherine - posted on 08/12/2010




I thought we were the only parent going through this. My daughter is okay with her finger nails trimmed now but I fight with her soo much on the toe nails. I'm so afraid that if I don't trim them regularly they become ingrown toe nails. I haven't found the trick on those yet, I'm trying the distractions but not working and I even wait till she's asleep and as soon as I start she wakes up. Glad to know we are not alone on this.

Carol - posted on 08/10/2010




my son is 16.5 months, i've clipped his nails and cut his hair when needed since birth while he's sleeping, if they startle wait a minute or two before continuing the rest to let them get back to slumber :) hope this helps!

User - posted on 08/10/2010




My daughter used to whine or cry when I cut her nails.
I now use an emery board and make a big deal blowing her toes to get the nail dust off. She now grabs the board, "files" her nails or toe nail and blows. It is so cute!

Nikky - posted on 08/09/2010




what works for me is cutting my toe nails and their dads 1st without making a fuss but sitting beside my daughters so they can see me. Its not long before they ask for theirs to be cut aswell lol.

Mary-Ann - posted on 08/09/2010




clip them while he is asleep. I have a girl so i can bribe her with nail polish if she cooperates lol!. But still she struggled at times and it does make it easier then they are sleeping.

Sherry - posted on 08/09/2010




Rubis Baby Nail scissors are awesome! The cannot physically cut the skin. I don't know how they work, but they cut baby's nails and not skin. They won a design award, they're so great. My daughter is almost 3 and I've used them since she was a baby.

Tiffiny - posted on 08/09/2010




play tickle toes in between each clipping! sometimes it works or do it when he is sleeping

Tracy - posted on 08/07/2010




I have the same problem with my oldest. He is 4 and has never liked getting his toe nails cut. He is totally fine with his fingers but hates his toes done. He gets bad hangnails so I gotta cut them regularly. The distraction thing worked for awhile. I would give him a bowl of raisins and while he ate I cut. But that didn't last. So now what I do is sit him down, tell him I'm going to cut his toenails, then show him with my finger what toe I'm going to cut the nail off first. I assure him it won't hurt and tell him exactly how it will be done. then make sure you do as you said and don't try to cut more. Once he saw that I was telling him the truth and I didn't hurt him, he cooperates quite well now.

Tracie - posted on 08/07/2010




This works a treat... Next time you sit down for a cup of tea with a magazine- have the nail clippers next to you- every time he comes over to try get your attention, say "nail clipping time??" (in a lovely soft voice with a big smile) he'll shake his head protest, run away etc etc... keep offering it every time he comes back - untill you've finished the tea and magazine. This works great untill the day comes when he actually sits next to you and wants them cut!! Then you'll have to resort to the currently hated slice of fruit or vege (that you just happen to be eating right then...) hair brush/ toothbrush/ or other area of avoidance from that particular moment in time! haha,,, It's amazing how they find other things to amuse themselves if they think they have the control, and because they are like little moths to the flame- they can't avoid us for long, and usually end up wanting to try or do it in the end, making sure we don't often get that whole uninterupted cuppa and read of that magazine... (definately agree with Kathryn regarding the 'do it while they're sleeping' routine- works for fringe trimms too!) Good luck- hope you get a decent sit down for a few times with your cuppa! (as you don't really want them to give up too early and do what we want in this instance, funnily enough!!) :-) PS I've used this technique on all my toddlers, now they happily sit still and just watch TV while I do it, same can't be said for my squirmy baby though... he's a 'do it while sleeping...'

Carisa - posted on 08/04/2010




I try to cut my daughter's finger nails when she is for the toe nails, I never remember until they are very long and then just rip them off with my fingers.

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