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Top Tips Tuesday – Trimming Baby’s Nails

Baby Finger Nails

It’s crazy to think that babies start to grow their fingernails at around week 8 in the womb. When they are born, the size of their hands and fingers are tiny, with their fingernails being even smaller. It’s also these very small fingernails that cause scratches on baby’s face and body. Their fingernails grow at such a rate, that you may find yourself cutting baby’s fingernails twice as often as you would cut their toe nails. We have put together a simple guide on how to trim your baby’s nails.

1. It’s best when baby is just after a bath and is sleeping.

The best time to trim baby’s nails is after they have had a bath and when they are sleeping. This means baby’s nails are even softer than usual and a sleeping baby is easier to hold while cutting their nails. If baby isn’t sleeping, you can ask someone else to help you hold them still.

2. Don’t use blades for first few weeks.

Doctors recommend using an emery board for the first few weeks to remove any rough edges. This is because baby’s nails are very soft and parents are more prone to accidentally clip babies skin.

3. You’ll need a bright, well-lit area and a pair of baby scissors/clippers.

Make sure there is a lot of light as you need to see exactly what you are doing. Make sure you use baby scissors or clippers as they have a big handle for adult hands, but the blade area is much smaller for the size of baby nails. This makes them easier and safer to use.

Check out the Stylfile Nipper Clippers below which have a window meaning you can see baby’s nail. To find out more, click here.

4. Hold baby’s hand firmly.

Make sure you have a firm hold of baby’s hand. Push baby’s finger pad away from the nail to avoid nipping the skin behind.

5. Cut along the curve for Fingernails and cut straight for Toenails.

Cut baby’s fingernails in the natural curve that their finger has. When cutting baby’s toe nails, cut in a straight line. You can then use a soft emery board to remove any rough edges.

6. DO NOT bite baby’s fingernails.

Do not bite baby’s finger nails. You cannot see what you are doing and there could be germs in your mouth.

7. If you do clip baby’s skin, don’t panic.

Take a damp tissue and gently apply pressure to the cut. The bleeding should stop within a few minutes. Do not put any plasters or bandages on as baby’s often put their fingers in their mouths. The bandage or plaster could come off and they could end up choking.

If you find the blood isn’t stopping with the pressure, take your baby to their GP.