(Closed) Clipping baby’s nails…any tips?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
8 posts

try using a nail file while the baby is eating. πŸ™‚ A quick one two swipe of the file should do the trick! 


If not – get one nail a night for the next week once she’s sleeping πŸ™‚ 

Post # 4
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had to hold my son in his boppy on my lap and hold each finger as I cut the nail (we would sit on the floor to do this) it always worked well for us =)

Post # 5
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I file (I’m too scared to clip!) but what about just doing a couple of nails a day? That’s what the guy at our newborn class suggested.

Post # 6
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Biting them worked for me.  Sounds crazy, I know.  Someone offered me this tip and it worked like a charm!

Post # 7
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Mine were squirmy too Frown

What worked for me was to sit baby in my lap and put the arm with the finger on it that I wasn’t cutting behind my back and to her baby firmly to my side, while holding the hand that I was cutting the fingernails on in my free hand while also holding as many fingers that I wasn’t working on down at the same time.

When my kids were babies, I had to use nail clippers, but nowadays, I have seen special clippers for babies that have guards on them, like the ones you would use for your pet, so you don’t risk nipping their little fingers and/or cutting too much of the nail. I highly recommend getting some of those; you may just be cutting a bit too close to the finger for her comfort. I really wish they would have had those when my kids were little.

Post # 8
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I swaddle my daughter in a swaddleme wrap and while she’s taking her bottle right before bed i sneak her hand out the side and cut real quick then tuck it back in.

Post # 9
423 posts
Helper bee

This probably sounds bad but I have to just hold my 6.5 month old’s hands tight and clip as fast as I safely can! πŸ™‚  Good luck!

Post # 10
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

If you are nursing try doing it then, possibly with help. We’ve tried the nail file and that works ok, not great. Biting them works well.

Post # 11
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have the baby safety clippers with the light on it (SafetyFirst) and honestly my baby has always been so into watching the light that he is very still and actually seems to like it. πŸ˜‰ Maybe try those? If that fails my Mom and Grandmother (who is a midwife) swears by the biting trick. Lol…

Post # 12
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I use these 1/4 jaw cuticle nippers to get more control of the clip for such tiny nails.  As for when I do it, either when LO is asleep on Darling Husband during a nap or Darling Husband does it while I am BFing.  I’ve never been able to successfully do it any other time.  And sometimes you just have to be happy with only getting one or two nails done at a time.

Post # 13
34 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Ocean: that’s totally what I was going to suggest – it’s what my mom has always told me to do with baby’s nails!


Post # 14
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m old school. With my son I bit his as a baby. It was safest that way. I made a game of it too where I would kiss his fingers then bite then kiss or preteend to eat them and you get the picture.

Post # 15
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Our peridatrician said that biting nails is not safe; since babies’ fingernails are so soft and tear so much easily, there’s a greater risk of tearing too much/causing injury.  When we can, I have my husband distract our daughter with songs, finger games, books, etc…  Lately, though, that hasn’t been effective, so I’ve started letting her “help” me by holding the big end of the clippers.  She likes to be a helper.  πŸ™‚

Post # 16
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Ocean: My mom always bit ours too.

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