10 hacks to clipping your baby’s nails

Posted on March 12th, 2018

Breaking out in a cold sweat whenever it’s time to clip baby’s nails? These 10 tried-and-tested tips from moms who’ve been there and done that will make this task a breeze. By Nikita Camacho

10 hacks for nail clipping

Motherhood presents one of the most anxiety-induced tasks, nail clipping! It often takes nerves of steel to do the seemingly simple task of clipping your baby’s nails.

The uncertainty of how to do it or when exactly to cut your baby’s nails can be very daunting for new moms.

To make life and nail clipping a little less stressful for you, we have rounded up some of the best nail clipping advice from fellow moms.

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Hacks for nail clipping

Offer your baby a toy as a distraction to what’s happening.

“I give my son a toy to play with. Sometimes I get his dad to distract him with a toy, which works well” – Aidan

Partner up

Don’t take this stressful task up on your own. Rope your partner in on the job. Get them to distract your baby with silly faces while you quickly trim his nails.

Front facing carrier

Keeping your baby still while cutting his nails is half the fight most of the time. Try placing him in a front-facing carrier. It keeps your baby still enough and you can easily see what you are doing.

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Bath time

Take distraction to the next level with bath time. The time spent in the bath makes the whole process simpler with softer nails.

“I cut my kids’ nails in the bath. Their nails are soft and they’re distracted”- Robs and Kit from Flourishing Fit Moms.

“I cut my baby’s nails in the bath. The hot water makes them softer and easier to cut. I either give her something in her one hand to chew on or run the water lightly so she can play with it to distract her while I trim her nails on the other hand”- Emily

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Feeding time

Feeding time is often forgotten about when it comes to nail cutting. Your baby will happily surrender her hands while she is drinking milk.

“I have to cut Isabella’s nails while she is drinking her bottle”- Lydia

“I cut my baby’s nails while breastfeeding”- Sonja

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Break it up

Babies sometimes get restless while you cut their nails, so break up the task. Rather opt to trim one hand and then the other later in the day.

“I find it easier to trim my daughter’s nails when I break it up. I’ll start with one hand in the morning and finish the other hand later in the day.”- Natalie

Forgo the nail clippers

If the nail clippers or nail scissors are too scary for you, rather try a crystal (also known as a glass nail file). Nicks and cuts are easily avoided.

Lap time

Get your baby comfy on your lap and start the trimming. Your baby will be mesmerised with being close to your face.

Talk it out

Fostering a good atmosphere around nail cutting makes it easier for you. From a young age, start talking your baby through the task. Eventually you might have a toddler that sits and allows you to cut her nails without any hassles.

“Zach and Hailey are both so chilled when cutting their nails. It sounds weird but I can cut them anywhere anytime. Guess my kids are just way too chilled” – Raquel

Sleepy baby

Nap time has always been my foolproof way of trimming my daughter’s nails. Once she’s fallen asleep for her nap, I wait 10 minutes or so for the deep sleep to settle in before I commence. It’s a win-win situation.

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