How to trim your baby’s nails?
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A baby’s nails may be softer than an adult’s but they are sharp. While you may be tempted to let the nails be, it is important to cut your baby’s nails because they can easily scratch and cut their own delicate skin. Since your baby has no control over his limbs, he can easily end up scratching his or your face.
Another fact about baby nails is that they grow so fast. In just one week, you may have to cut them several times especially the fingernails. Toenails don’t need such frequent trimming. Even with that said, so many moms are scared of trimming their baby’s nails because they are afraid of cutting off their fingertips.
So, here is how to cut your baby’s nails in the safest way possible.
1. Do it while they are asleep
The best time to cut your baby’s nails is when he is asleep. This is because he will not protest or cry. He hardly feels anything when he is asleep so he will not give you trouble. It is even better to cut the nails after a bath because that’s when they are softest. A bath, some sleep, who wouldn’t want to cut their nails at such a relaxed time?
2. Use enough light
You need lots of light when cutting your baby’s nails. You have to see what you are doing if you want to avoid any injuries. It is best that you cut the nails during the daytime when there is plenty of natural sunlight. Using a light bulb at night is also okay but the light from lamps can be scattered thus failing to give you enough light. If possible, use the natural light during the day for the best lighting.
3. Use a pair of baby scissors or clippers
Cutting your baby’s nails is not like cutting your nails. Therefore, you cannot use the same nail cutter or equipment that you use when cutting your nails. There are specially made baby scissors and clippers which you can use to cut your baby’s nails.
4. Cut as you press the finger pad away
Now that you have the necessary tools, cut your baby’s nails as you press the finger pad away from the nail to avoid nicking the skin. Also, ensure that you maintain a firm hold of your baby’s hand as you clip. However, don’t be too firm to cause unnecessary discomfort on the hand.
5. Cut along the curve of the finger
While cutting the nails, cut along the curve of the finger for the fingernails. When it comes to toenails, cut straight across. Afterward, use an emery board to smoothen the rough edges.
It is possible to make a mistake and nip your baby’s skin which can cause bleeding. Don’t worry. It happens. Rinse the wound and wrap a tissue around it. The bleeding will stop in a few minutes. Don’t bite off your baby’s nails. You will be introducing germs to your mouth and you can easily bite his finger.
Cutting your baby’s nails is not rocket science. You just have to be careful.