Trimming an infant’s nails is a nerve-racking task, but here are some tips to make this mini-manicure easier.
- Invest in some newborn mittens or simply place socks on your baby’s hands. This will keep him from accidentally scratching himself.
- Never bite your baby’s nails. This could lead to infection.
- Use nail clippers or scissors specifically designed for babies. Adult clippers can be difficult to maneuver on tiny fingers.
- Press the finger pad away from the nail to avoid nicking the skin while trimming.
- Don’t trim the nails too short. Just short enough to prevent scratches is fine, otherwise you risk exposing that very tender skin on your baby’s fingers.
- If using nail clippers or scissors makes you too nervous, use a soft emery board to file down nails instead. You will likely have to do this more often than clipping, though.
- For wiggly babies, try clipping during naptime. You could also have one parent trim the nails while the other parent feeds the baby.
- If you do accidentally cut your baby’s finger while trimming, don’t be too hard on yourself. It is a common mistake parents make, and you will get better at it with practice.
- To ease a nail-trimming nick, apply pressure and the bleeding will stop. If the cut won’t clot or the amount of blood seems excessive, call your pediatrician just to be safe.