Trimming baby's nails

@jessmtiu (251)
Philippines
January 23, 2007 8:55pm CST
How often do you trim your baby's fingernails? I find this especially difficult to do with my 10 month old baby boy because he's very fidgety and would not keep still for me to trim his fingernails properly. I often trim his nails about once every 4-5 days because they seem to grow so fast in such a short time and I often find scratches on his skin which means he scratches himself a lot. What "instrument" do you use to trim your baby's fingernails? Before when his nails were still softer, I used baby scissors for this, but now that his nails have become a bit harder already, I use baby nailcutters. I need help! Thanks.
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@cherhost (1073)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Tip of the day: wait till he gets really sleepy then get him! I still have to do that with my 18 month old. Works great! Also if you do it after a bath they are softer. But the clippers are faster and will get it done sooner. I trim my kids about once a week. She comes and tells me she needs them done. She likes them a little longer so she can pull her stickers off of her book. But I do make it a point to trim them often. Good luck
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• Japan
24 Jan 07
i think while sleeping is really a good timing while baby is sleeping and you are right (",) my baby is only two months and 24 days old and he hates to be hold tightly in his hands and its really hard to cut his and at the very first i was scared to do so. because its my first time to have a baby i really had a hard time cutting his nails coz his so delicate and i was afraid to break his wrist up. and then i tried while he was sleeping and really it helped both of us a lot.
• United States
24 Jan 07
I agree I always cut my babies nails when they were sleeping it made for much less stress. And less chance of cutting or hurting them while they flop around.
@medooley (1874)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I vote again for clipping them while they are sleeping. Our two kids that we had were very good when it came to clipping their nails other kids that we know do not sit still and their parents tell us that the best time for them to do it is while they are sleeping.
@xXmeganxX (4422)
24 Jan 07
hi, my daughter is 20 months old and she is a pain when her dad tries to trim her fingernails. we have baby nailcutters too and she screams and moves when he is doing it, i think that's the best thing to use really but i have to hold her down when he is doing it and i feel really nasty but she scratches me because her nails grow quite fast and needs trimming once a week!
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• United States
25 Jan 07
I have a 16 month old boy who also gets figity. I usually bribe him with a special toy he can hold with one hand while I work on the other. :)
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• United States
24 Jan 07
i use baby nail clippers on my 9 month old. she, too, is very fidgety. heres what i do, and it works great. i cut her left nails first b/c im left handed. i put my right arm over her right arm and chest and hold her left hand with my right hand. that way i can make sure she doesnt jerk away or grab at the clippers. i also give her something to hold in the other hand so its busy, and shes less likely to grab at the clippers or fidget. clip straight across the nail first, then do the edges. then i switch hands, by placing my left arm over her left and hold her right with my right. i usually only have to cut hers once a week now because this works pretty well. hope this helps. good luck.
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@XxAngelxX (2831)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
I used to use baby nail clippers too and a lot of the time I would do it when my babies were sleeping as I found they were fidgety as well and it was easier to do when they were asleep. Their nails seemed to grow incredibly fast when they were little, lol, wish mine would grow that fast!! haha
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@gberlin (3836)
24 Jan 07
Well, when my kids were babies my wife would trim their nails by biting them off rather than using scissors because she was afraid that she might poke them with the scissors. They were fidgety and she did not want their nails to get long because they would scratch themselves. This may not be a good solution for you but it worked for us.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
i just trim my 2yr olds nails when she needs it. my 8wk old, on the other hand, even if she's asleep, i cant do it! she starts moving around and fussing at me. I try and use a file on them if they arent but a little sharp or so. I use the baby nail clippers, i was never comfortable with the scissors, altho i cut the tip of my older daughters finger once and it about broke my heart!!! if you can do it when he is a sleep, it would much easier on you!
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
24 Jan 07
We use baby nailclippers. I had the same problem with my son. Every time I would try to trim his nails he would get all fidgety on me and made it hard to trim his nails. My sons nails grow fast to. They seem to grow over night. LOL! What I do now is wait until he is sleeping. It's much easier to trim a childs finger/toe nails when they are sleeping. If I must do it when my son is awake, I just have someone else hold him on their lap and I give him our keys or something to play with and then I just work my way through each finger. So yeah, it can be a hard task for us parents and that is why I really prefere doing it when my son is sleeping.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
My son is almost five months old, and I usually clip hs nails every couple days using a baby nail clipper. I have to wait until he is asleep or he will pull his hands away from me or try to put my fingers in his mouth. At first I was afraid that I was going to hurt him, but once he started scratching me all the time I stopped worrying. It may be difficult, but it needs to be done.
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@superchook (1786)
• Australia
24 Jan 07
On our four kids we used nailclippers. With all of them they carried on like it was the end of the world. With my first son we tried distracting him and that didn't work, so one of us had to hold him down while the other did the clipping. We felt terrible doing this and as he got older he began to just sit there. With my other 3 kids, at first they carried on then distracting seemed to work with them. Every now and then they would still move but they weren't too bad.
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• India
24 Jan 07
ya u r correct..
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• India
24 Jan 07
yes u r correct
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@ronita34 (3923)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
The only advice that i can give you as almost every baby at this age can get quite figidy when it comes to getting their nails cut. Would be to always try to cut them while he is asleep. During his nap would be the best time. If you are careful enough he won't even know that you cut them!
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
24 Jan 07
We use baby nail clippers to clip my son's nails. We wait until right before bed. Everynight to wind down we turn on some lullaby music and read a story. While I'm reading his story his daddy sits in the floor and trims all of his nails. It works pretty well because he is busy concentrating on the book I'm reading. We clip his nails about every 10 days or so.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
i've always used baby nail cutters since my daughter has been born. she lets me cut her fingernails fine but her toes are REALLY ticklish and she SQUIRMS like crazy. so i try to do it when she is really half asleep. or just waking up. she is not so fidgety then. is there a time when your son is less figity ? maybe one person feed him and another cut his nails ?
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• United States
24 Jan 07
What I did with my kids is I would "cut" my nails first and say something like now we are going to cut your so that you are a big girl like mommy. and to prepare them for it I always count to 3 before each finger. It may take a few extra minutes but it saves a lot of screaming and fighting. Maybe you can try one or both of these and see if they help you out.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
When my children were babies I used to trim their nails when they were sleeping, they never seemed to wake it and the fidgety is not an issue
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@suzannaz (73)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
I gave up trying to do my son's nails when he was awake somewhere around month 3 :) I use a baby nail trimmer and do it during his nap. I have to admit, I have bitten his nails occasionally. Yuck but hey, desperate times...... But isn't it amazing how fast they grow?
@wdiong (1817)
• Singapore
24 Jan 07
I know what you mean. My son is 21 mths old now. He still doesn't really like to have his nails cut especially his toenails. Sometimes, it's much easier to do it when he's asleep, then I'll be able to cut his nail in peace. I use the normal kind of nail clippers to cut his nails and try to have his nails trimmed at least once in every 5 to 7 days.
@Kaldonya (278)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I have a 2yr old and a 1yr old, and I trim their nails about once every other week. My 2yr old I can now engage in what I am doing, and she is fascinated by the nails after they're cut off. My 1yr old is all fidgety, so I just cut them as quickly as I can. Usually I try counting out loud to him - or sing him a song to distract him. Sometimes I even put in his favorite Elmo video & he'll watch that & not really pay attention to what I am doing as much.
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@pclife (246)
• Malaysia
25 Jan 07
Hi, jessmtiu ,I'm sure your baby is so cute & healthy & lucky enough because he has a very loving mother ! I'm not having baby yet because i still don't know whose should be their future mother ...ha ha " Still Not Married ...!"....However, i've a little experience dealing with this situation , I think this should be really effective....How ? It's easy just trim your baby's nails when he is sleeping...so,The only problem is to make your baby to sleep ...I'm sure you know HOW ? Here are more professional tips from health experts , Do you want to know How ? Let's learn it for you baby : http://freewebs.com/myresponse/trimmingbabysnails.htm