Tips for Trimming your Baby's Nails

According to our Medicure Clinic Pediatricians; keeping your baby’s nails trimmed short is actually incredibly important for their health and safety. Although their nails are quite a bit softer than our own, they can still be incredibly sharp, as anyone who’s ever been scratched by them can attest to. The problem lies in the fact that babies have very little control of their movements, meaning that they can easily scratch and injure themselves as they flail their cute little limbs all over the place. So, while trimming their nails can be quite scary at first, here are a few tips to help make it easier and ensure neither they nor you get scratched as a result of long nails.

Use the Right Tools for the Job

As your baby’s finger and toes are tiny, there’s really no way you can trim their nails with normal clippers. For this reason, it’s recommended you invest in baby scissors or trimmers designed for this specific purpose, as it will make the job that much easier. For the first few weeks of your baby’s life, you should probably skip these tools altogether and simply use an emery board to file them down, as the nails are so tiny that they can be nearly impossible to trim otherwise.

Choose the Right Time for Trimming

There are two schools of thought as to when be the best time for trimming your baby’s nails. The first one says you should do it while they’re sleeping, as this way you can easily access the nails without worrying about your baby moving around too much. The other idea is to do it after a bath, as the water helps soften up the nails and make them easier to cut. We would recommend combining the two, especially as your baby is likely to be tired and fall asleep quickly after a bath.

Make Proper Cuts

When trimming your baby’s fingernails, make sure to follow the curve of the finger when trimming. However, for toe nails, you should always cut them straight across. Don’t worry too much about being exactly precise when you’re trimming, as you can always smooth and file them down with an emery board once you’ve cut the longer parts away.

Trimming your baby’s nails is actually not that hard, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you were so worried in the first place.