Cutting a toddler's toe nails

Dawn - posted on 01/31/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Do any of you have any suggestions for calming a toddler in order to cut their toe nails. My daughter is going into fits lately to where I have to physically hold her down to cut them. I could understand if I had ever cut and hurt her, but I haven't. I hate cutting her nails anymore, but I'm the only one that will do it.

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Sandra - posted on 01/31/2009

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I know this sounds dorky, but I used to act like each toe was getting a "hair cut' and after I snipped off the nail, I would pretend each toe was "talking" about how much they loved their new haircut....dorky, I know, but it worked :0)

Kristen - posted on 01/31/2009

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Ok this may sound alittle gross but this is what works for me. I calm my son down by letting him hold the toe nail clippings. Yeah, I know its gross but it works. When I'm all done cutting he throws the clippings away, then he gets to wash his hands. He is fascinated with washing his hands, so that's what works for me. It is gross but I make sure he washes his hands afterwards to get rid of the germs. Hope that this helps any. Sorry if you think it works.

Lydia - posted on 01/31/2009

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I give my daughter a toy in one hand and take the other I find her attention is on the toy rather than what I'm doing but you have to be as quick as you can hope that helps

Jackie - posted on 01/31/2009

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My daughter hated it when she was little too.  I use to wait until she was half asleep and then do it.  It worked for me!!!!  Good luck, I know how hard it is when they fight you, and how more likely it is to actually cut them...Maybe even offer a "reward" like a sucker or something after it is done!

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Andrea - posted on 01/31/2009

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Well, I would the twins nails when they were half asleep. That sometimes worked. The pediatrician said to get baby sissors. They worked even better, especaily after a bath when their soft. Good luck.

Nicole - posted on 01/31/2009

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Everytime I change her diaper I get another 2 or 3 nails done.  She cant sit still for much longer than that.  But by the end of the day they all get done.

Laurie - posted on 01/31/2009

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I used to put finger puppets over my kiddos fingers and toes. I would take one off and trim it then take another off and trim it etc. This helped distract them and also gave them a visual to how close we were to being done. It helped for all three of mine right away.

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Dawn - posted on 01/31/2009

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Thanks to all of you for your suggestions; I will try them. Anything is better than wrestling with a 2 yr old and then feeling like a heal afterwards.

Wendy - posted on 01/31/2009

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bribing always worked for me :).......tell her that if she doesn't make a fuss, she can have a few smarties or something else she enjoys but doesn't get very often. Also, at a very early age, my daughter was facinated with getting her nails painted. I used to tell her that I would paint her nails if she let me cut them first.



Hope this helps. Good luck.



Fortunately, my son doesn't mind getting his nails cut.

Shannon - posted on 01/31/2009

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my daughter use to do that too...i tried doin them while she slept but that didn't work it would wake her up....now what i've done is i've had her watch me do mine and then she lets me do hers....and i don't have to hold her down anymore...maybe that will work...she pry thinks that it will hurt her, if you show her that it's not goin to hurt it should work...Good luck....

Talitha - posted on 01/31/2009

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have you had any success cutting her nails when she is sleeping?  kind of like they do when they are infants?  it is one suggestion and I hope it helps you!

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