Any tips on nail trimming?

Inna - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 91 moms have responded )

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My almost 9 month old baby girl hates having her nails trimmed. Has anyone found a better way to do this or is there some kind of a trick. I cant use the regular trimmer so I use small cuticle scissors. Everything i trim them she screams and crys like crazy. I saw an ad for an item that uses a moving file for kids, i'm thinking maybe this will help. Any ideas?



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Michelle - posted on 02/07/2010

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My husband and I tag team our 12 wk old son. After I have nursed
(this is when he is most relaxed), I hold him and then hold out one finger at a time so my husband can cut it with the baby nail clippers. If he starts to wiggle we take a quick break. I doesn't take us longer than 15-20 minutes to do all of his nails (even with the breaks) and he is usually asleep by the last nail. :) I hope this helps.

Shannon - posted on 02/03/2010

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I haven't tried it myself yet, but probably should...my son's Occupational therapist suggested trimming his nails underwater in the bathtub. Sometimes the air hitting the skin under the newly trimmed nail can shock and scare little kids. This worked well for her daughter who had a similar problem. Hope it helps. We are holding him down right now while the other one trims...it hasn't scarred him yet, but I hate hearing him scream. His nails are long and it is easier that way.

Dorothy - posted on 01/30/2010

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I put on a Baby Einstein movie and sit him on my lap. He is very aware of what I am doing and pulls his hands away sometimes, but the movie keeps him distracted enough for him to tolerate it. His nails grow so fast that I need to clip them at least twice a week or he scratches himself.

Revannepb - posted on 01/30/2010

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It can be a difficult thing. When our daughter was that age, her behavior with us was similar. I asked a nurse, an older woman with grandchildren and a loving, no-nonsense attitude, if she would cut them for us. She did. Our daughter's crying didn't bother her. She just smiled and talked to her as if she was happy about the clipping. The next time, my husband and I were able to do it, same no nonsense attitude, but smiling and talking to our daughter as if all was well. It worked.

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Kathy - posted on 02/07/2010

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Using a baby sized nail clipper and waiting until my son fell asleep helped! It was easy then! :) Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 01/31/2010

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My 7 month old doesn't like to sit still either, but he LOVES Mickey Mouse. I put Mickey on the TV for the short time I'm trimming his nails and he doesn't even budge. He doesn't watch TV normally, but if I can get him to stay put, I'll definitely turn Mickey on.

Johann - posted on 01/31/2010

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well get the baby clippers and do it when she is asleep dont cut too close to the skin though you will have to do this prob once a week but both of you wont be scratched - blessings

Faith - posted on 01/30/2010

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I trim my daughter's nails while she's sleeping. If I do when she's awake she just wants to grab the clippers and squirm around. Wait until she is in a deep sleep and trim away.

Theresa - posted on 01/30/2010

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I agree with trimming her nails after a bath, they are soft and if she has a toy to entertain herself then she will probably not realize what you are doing.Good Luck

Lisa - posted on 01/30/2010

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Instead of clipping use a nail file. The back and forth motion seems to be more soothing.

Tania - posted on 01/30/2010

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Hi, Inna have you tried sining a song just to kip her distracted or give her a toy one hand to hold and other getting her nails clipped it worked for my daughter i think it's the best way :)

Diane - posted on 01/30/2010

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Hi Inna,

Two options that may help. First, if you are going to use scissors, do it while she is asleep. Wait til she has been asleep for at least an hour, so she is in deep sleep, and you should have no trouble. Second, young children have very soft nails, so you can just use your own harder finger nails to gently but quickly peel her excess nails off. Just hold your fingernail at right angles to hers, dig in slightly to break the outer surface of her nail, then quickly peel the rest of the excess nail off. Dont try and do them all at once - just do it while she is sitting on your knee over a day or two. Can be helpful to turn on a TV programme or DVD that she particularly likes, sit her on your knee, her back to your front, and hold her hand lightly in yours. And while she is enthralled with her favourite characters, you can deal with her fingernails.

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Trim baby nails while they are sleeping gently only trimming the nail with a small size clipper (scissors of any kind are dangerous)when needed and be careful you are not pulling at the nail bed or skin

Charisa - posted on 01/29/2010

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my baby girl is almost 4 months old and I have learned that the only way your going to trim her nails is when she is sleeping. After her bottle she falls asleep sometimes and that's when I go to town! I keep the trimmer near at all times, you never know when your moment will happen...good luck!

Katelyn - posted on 01/29/2010

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you could try and do it when she is sleeping thats what i do with my son he hates it as well.

Lyn - posted on 01/28/2010

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If you're lucky enough to have a little one that sleeps after a bath, clip them while she is sleeping, the water will have made her nails soft and she will never be the wiser!

Julie - posted on 01/28/2010

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Don't trim them real short, the pressure close to the finger is sensitive. I used to wait until my baby was asleep and them trim. He was relaxed and I could be real gentle.
Also , you might trim them after she has played in her bath and the nails are softer...

Melissa - posted on 01/27/2010

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I sing to my son, he usually trys to pull his hands away but then i start to sing to him and he seems to calm down.

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I have issues as well. and the finger nails grow like weeds! My sis in law told me to use Vaseline every night to soften the nail. A softer nail will bend and not scratch. My big issue is that he scratches his face. This has been helping and I get them clipped every 3 days or so with struggle.

Julie - posted on 01/27/2010

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Trim baby's mails while they are sleeping ... and use clippers. Be careful not to go too close...

Jeanne - posted on 01/27/2010

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My two tricks are the following: You can try while she is in the bath...sometimes it can just be because her nails are hard and she doesn't like the feeling...and it's a lot easier when the nails are soft from the wather (i.e. why manicurists make you soak your hands before they work on your nails). And if she is a sound sleeper do it in her sleep....both of these have worked with both of my kids. Good luck.

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While sleeping never worked for me. An emery board ended up being the safest and easiest method. Now that my baby is older, 17 mos., she will actually sit still on my lap and let me use the clippers.

Jeanne - posted on 01/26/2010

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I agree with trimming her nails while your child is asleep. Works every time.

Kathryn - posted on 01/26/2010

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I was only able to cut my boys' nails while they were sleeping. Once they got a little older it wasn't so much of a battle. Sometimes they'd even sit on dad's lap and he would talk to them long enough to distract them while I clipped and I always used an infant nail clipper with the longer handle. Easy to use and makes little clips.

Good Luck I hope this helps.

Shanda - posted on 01/26/2010

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My 2 daughters ( 7 and almost 5 ) still make a big deal out of having their nails cut. They have been this way since they were babies. I just tune them out and cut them anyway.

Manbir - posted on 01/26/2010

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Best time to trim baby's nails are when they are sleeping and use a small baby nail trimmer.

Sarah - posted on 01/23/2010

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I do it right after I feed her, so she's full and mellow. I put her back to my chest and hold her hand out in front of me so it's easier to maneuver and see, and she's interested in watching, too. If she gets fidgety I'll sing or talk in her ear. Sometimes I don't get every nail in one sitting, so don't get frustrated if you can't get them all at once.

Teesha - posted on 01/21/2010

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Trim her nails after a bath when she is asleep. The bath water will make her nails soft and extremely easy to trim; therefore, she will be less likely to wake up during the process.

Ava - posted on 01/19/2010

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When my girls were babies I found allot of things I needed to do that they were just not having were best done while they were asleep. They didn't fuss and I got things done quick & easy. LOL

Nicky - posted on 01/18/2010

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The sleeping thing always works. Also, I used to do it sitting on the front porch outside. She loved being outside and it would keep her mind off of what I was doing. Even if I could get at least one hand done.

Candi - posted on 01/17/2010

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my daughter LOVES to have her nails painted. i tell her 'no prob' but first we have to trim them up nice and pretty. Hope this helps.

Inna - posted on 01/17/2010

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Thanks everyone for your help. I used to do it when she was asleep, but she is a light sleeper and it scare her even more when i do it.

Lauren - posted on 01/17/2010

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Hello, any time I trimmed nails, I had to wait until my children were sleep. This keeps them from screaming and pulling away from you. The baby or a small set of nail clippers will do the job. Good Luck!

Lyndsay - posted on 01/17/2010

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Post a reply!just use small clipers when she is asleep or a file to get rid of the shap bits my baby is 2 now and only lets me do the odd one so gett them done when she is fast on

Karen - posted on 01/17/2010

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i know this sounds really bad but i use to bite my sons. i made a game out of it and he would laugh through the whole process. you get to a point when you have to do what works.

Nedra - posted on 01/16/2010

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yeah I use a baby file that came in a baby manicure kit to file my 4 month old. He doesn't mind at all when I do it. I think it is much safer than using the scissors or clippers.

Sam - posted on 01/16/2010

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My little girl is almost a year and has never liked her nails being trimmed. I always find it easier to do when she is asleep. Hope this may help!

Tiffany - posted on 01/16/2010

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I know a lot of comments say to do it while they're asleep, but I find that right after he wakes up when he's still a little sleepy and mellow is best. But I can do it any time of day now that I learned a trick by accident. I sit on the floor or bed with my legs out in front of me in a 'v' and put my son between my legs, face up, scooted as close to me as I can get him. This position has been amazing for trimming his nails, giving him liquid vitamins or tylenol, or even trimming his toenails. He can't really move around and most importantly, he can't roll over. Then I act really excited and sing him his favorite song if he starts fussing. I also use the tiny, curved scissors that are super sharp, they work much faster than nail clippers and we all know the fast you can get the nails done, the better. :)

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Tara Marie - posted on 01/16/2010

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Same here! good idea when shes asleep. My son is 3 and i still sometimes cut his nails when hes asleep. Anything to make life with kids abit easier!

Ginny - posted on 01/16/2010

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Just wait until she is asleep! That is what I had to do. Or, if she sleeps in the car keep a pair of clippers in the car. Good luck!

Michele - posted on 01/16/2010

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I usually give my girls a bath and right after on the changing table i file their nails and it goes pretty fast or I wait for them to go to sleep and then I do it

Karina - posted on 01/15/2010

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Hi there, i dont think a nine month old baby understands that when you cut nails, it doesnt hurt, so using language isnt good at this age, apart from your 'tone' when about to begin cutting. I use to always cut my kiddies nails while they were sleeping, they have to be in a deep sleep otherwise an incorrect move may wake them. This enables you to concentrate on the job rather than focussing on soothing your child. I believe if you do it when the child is content, happy, fed, and change, and is in a good mood, then introduce the nial clippers, without using them, if this makes sense? after a few introduction sessions, they should begin to see the clippers as non threatening and allow you to cut their nails, always make it a fun thing to do and praise when they dnt make a fuss. :)

Marsha - posted on 01/15/2010

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my daughter went through this stage, too. she would flail and kick and scream. i found using ALOT of enthusasiam worked. i sang her a song she really liked and each time i cut a nail and i would tell her how much of a big girl she was with total enthusasm. i aggree with anna, after the bath is a great time to do it.

if you could do it while she sleeps, that is probabally a good time. my daughter always moved around too much and jumped if i did.

Janine - posted on 01/15/2010

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When my children were tiny I would wait until they were asleep before trimming their nails . No wriggling tiny person getting all upset

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