How Do You Clip Your Kids Nails???

@Michele21 (3095)
United States
April 12, 2007 1:44pm CST
My son is two and has always hated for me to try and clip his nails, finges or toes. He will scream bloody murder and I am so aftaid that the neighbors are going to call the cops one day while I am trying to get it done. He will kick and scream like I am killing him!! I have never cut his skin or anything so I don't know why he won't let me do it. If I try while he is asleep he will wake up....and I don't want to just let them grow...it is gross if they get really long. How do you clip your kids nails?
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@smartmom (827)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I had the same poblem, when my oldest son was younger. My solution was to cut his nails, when he was sleeping. To avoid getting pieces of nails all over the bed, just put a kitchen cloth or towel under your sons hands and feet, before you start clipping. This solution worked wonders for me for years, and fortunately, he has now passed this stage.
• United States
12 Apr 07
This is how I handled both my children and told all my sisters to do to cut their kids nails. You just wait until they are completly asleep and then trim away. I have never had a kid wake up in the middle, to me this just always seemed like the most "humane" way to handle the nail experience. Eventually they get to an age where they can do their own nails and then it just isn't as traumatic.
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@stacy624 (2777)
• Canada
12 Apr 07
I so know where you are coming from with this regard, I have a few children like this. I just do it with them carrying on It usually takes me 2 Min's the most! I know I'm not hurting them and it does need to be done so I allow to scream but when its all done I explain See that didn't hurt mommy didn't want to hurt you it just has to be done. Don't worry about others for this is something I am trying to learn myself, There are just some things that have to be done. Good Luck and keep me posted
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I have to clip my daughters when she is really tired. Even then sometimes it doesn't work. Sometimes if I have her a toy to distract her with one hand that will work, but it only works for a minute so I have to work fast. There are times when she won't let me at all and we'll go a couple of weeks without clipping them. I've noticed they just kind of get thin once they get so long and break off on their own. I know that sounds gross but it's hard to hold an 18 month old down to clip her nails. I'm afraid with her squirming so much I'll cut her.
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• Canada
12 Apr 07
I use nail clippers. I used to use scissors but my daughter didn't like them, so I got some baby nail clippers and she seemed a lot more comfortable with them. I used to scream blue murder when my mother cut my nails as a child too because she was just so rough and well, it hurt! lol. Dad always took care though and he was gentle. Mom hated the fact that I let Dad do my nails but not her. I can only suggest that you try and distract your son while you do his nails. Maybe give him something to eat that he likes while you cut them, or tell him that he can have some candy or something he likes AFTER you've cut his nails.
• Gabon
12 Apr 07
I usually clip them when she's sleeping. But do it not so long after she fallen to sleep, that's usually when she's in her deep sleep. I use a nail clipper (not scissors). If I clip them early in the morning, she will wake up, that's why I usually clipped them late at night. It works better for me.
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@Rickrocks8 (1751)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I can so relate! Both of my kids (boys) are the same way. One of them became a nail biter. The other one I will just sneak in his room at night when he is sound asleep and trim them then. There is alot less struggle, tears, and noise. MY youngest (the nail biter) Got hit in the thumb during baseball season. When the nail grew out it was falling off. I was afraid it would get snagged so I snuck in his room at night and trimmed it. In the morning he said see Mom I told you it would just fall off! LOL Rhonda the Sneaky Mom
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@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I always waited until they were ready for bed. As soon as they went to sleep I would do it. It avoided a confrontation.
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• Philippines
13 Apr 07
Why does your kids cry like that? My nephew who is 7 dont mind me clipping his nails. Although he just always reminds us to be careful, which we always are but he doesnt hate it.
@Michele21 (3095)
• United States
13 Apr 07
My daughter never cried so I don't know why he does...I am as gentle as possible...he just doesn't like me touching his feet.
@samrat16 (2442)
• India
14 Apr 07
My nephew screams and fights when I try to do his nails - he's 26 months old. I do it when he's asleep. I do his fingernails about once a week (biting them in between if one gets sharp) and his toenails about once every 3 weeks. They grow at the speed of light squared, don't they? Sharp little buggers, too!
• United States
13 Apr 07
I got no problem with my toddler when it comes to clipping nails because for one thing she is a girl and enjoys playing pedicure/manicure with me. Before, I used to clip her nails while she sleeps. Then she asked me why do I need to clip her nails...so I told her that if her nails gets long and she goes around barefoot or touches dirt, the dirt and germs will get inside her nails and these germs might get her sick. She seems so understand that and when I tell her it is time to clip nails...she will let me. Sometimes she protested but I told her, can I clip just one fingernail? Then I make sure she got her favorite program on tv...and before she knows it...am done with her nails.
• United States
13 Apr 07
I am not sure what to do about this, but it reminded me of what my nephew used to do. When he was only 3 or 4 he hated having his nails cut, so whenever he was in the bathroom and saw the nail clippers out, he would take them and hide them! We lost about ten pairs of clippers before we finally figured out what was going on!
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@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
13 Apr 07
My daughter was the same way. I was terrified someone was going to call the abuse hotline number on me. She would scream something terrible and kick and fight also. I too had never cut her skin or cut the nail too short either. Eventually they grow out of it. In the meantime...... try to set up a reward system for him. Tell him if he sits real still and doesn't scream then he will get a star put on his chart and when he has 3 stars (because he is such a little guy don't make his goal seem impossible to reach) then he gets something new or gets to go somewhere he really likes. Tell him it is ok to cry just not ok to scream. Let him know that if he needs a break during the nail clipping time he is allowed three five minute breaks. Good luck to you and keep in mind that they do outgrow this.
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@kurtbiewald (2628)
• United States
12 Apr 07
bathe him then they will be soft and clip easily be careful you don't cut him he is sensitive
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@delenep (212)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I sit my son on my lap (he's 1) and let him hold a nail buffer (blunt, soft, and completely safe) and proceed to cut his nails with a clipper while singing this little piggy. It works and we have a great time with it. I also let him watch me cut my nails and he helps me buff them, then we buff his.
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@Kylalynn (1773)
• South Africa
12 Apr 07
This suggestion might help, hope so. When he is in the bath playing with his toys, kneel down and start making a gaime with your son and the toys. The nails usually become soft in the bath, and you could try just tearing them off. But don't go to short. Hope it helps.
@dfinster (3537)
• United States
13 Apr 07
My daughter hated getting her nails clipped when she was little too. The easiest way for me to get it done was to se the small clippers and do it right after she got out of the bathtub. I did it that way because her nails would be nice and soft and easy to cut quickly.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I use either baby nail clippers or small clippers but they are pretty much the same size. Lately I guess I haven't been doing them fast enough for my 22 month old daughter b/c shes been biting them. Even her toe nails. No clue where she got that from b/c neither hubby and I do it. Maybe show him that it doesn't hurt you and then do his after. Or you can try and do it when hes sleeping. Good luck
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
13 Apr 07
when they were real small I would either bite the nails or tear them off, when the nails were quite soft. By toddler age I used small embroidery type scissors, as they did not grab the nail from underneath they were not frightened of the scissors...also from my perspective it was easier to avoid catching the flesh or going too far.
@Erilyn (3020)
• United States
13 Apr 07
My son was the same way. I made a game out of if. I would play this little piggy with him and say oh no, look the icky toenails!! Then I would pretend to smel his feet and say yepp you got icky toenails. I think we need to get rid of them beofre they stink up the whole house!! I would get the clippers out and tell him to say bye bye icky toenail as I clipped them. After clipping his nails I would pretend to smell his feet again and sy that's so much better! And he would look at his hands and say I think I got icky fingernails too! It would out really well. He's 9 now and still when he clips his toenails he will sometimes say it.
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
13 Apr 07
When my daughter was small (19 yrs ago LOL) I used to clip her nails when she was asleep. I had the same problem, she'd scream bloody murder. She could scream loudly. Sleeping time was alot better for this task.