Trimming baby’s nails

19168348_thbI couldn’t believe how long my daughter’s finger nails were! She was less than a week old and desperately needed them trimmed. When she was fed and calm I got the clippers out and placed her on the changing table. Although meant for babies, the clippers were enormous compared to her. The lighting seemed OK. I picked up her delicate little hand and started with the pointer finger. I pressed her tiny finger pad away from the nail and started to cut along the curve of her finger. Then she SCREAMED! OH MY! WHAT DID I DO? She was bleeding. I nicked her precious little finger. My heart dropped. I grabbed a nearby cloth diaper and applied pressure . “I’m a horrible mother,” I thought.

Since then, I’ve been using an emery board to file her nails to the right length. I’m too scared to pick up the clippers again. I’ve been tempted to peel or bite them at times, but worry about ripping the nail too low and not being able to see what I’m doing. Filing is a bit time consuming, but at least I know she can’t get hurt this way.

Do you have any recommendations or stories to share? We can all learn from each other, so feel free to leave a comment.

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7 Responses to “Trimming baby’s nails”

  1. Jocelyn Says:

    I did the exact same thing! Poor girl…

    My hubby was looking at me after she started screaming and joked “What did you do to her?” Boy did I ever feel terrible. Three years later, I can look back and laugh at the smart Alec remark hubby gave me, lol What a butt.

    I still use nail clippers. I can’t stand the feeling and sometimes the sound a nail makes against an emery board.

  2. Fiery Says:

    Skip the clippers and either use a file or a pair of baby nail scissors. You can cut them while the child is sleeping if your concerned about wiggly bodies though I found making it part of the bedtime or bath time routine and doing it while the child is awake makes it easier on you in the long run for dealing with all kinds of situations. If your worried about soft nails do them before instead of after baths.

    The scissor are the easiest to use as they are small and you can see where you are cutting. Just make sure to have them hold their hand with fingers facing you as opposed to facing them away from you. This gives you a better view and a better cutting angle. Most of the scissors have a slight curve to them. use with the curve towards the nail bed for best results. Have someone hold the child in their lap or sit them next to you or in front of you. Singing a song like “This Little Pig” or “Where is Thumbkin” can help make it fun.

  3. Anne Says:

    Hi Jocelyn,
    My husband said the same thing!! As if I didn’t feel badly enough. My daughter had an appointment with the pediatrician later that day. I was so nervous that he would notice the cut. I would have been so embarressed.

  4. Anne Says:

    Thanks Fiery! This is great info. Thanks for taking the time to share. I’ll have to buy a pair of scissor’s and try them out. Maybe I’ll make my husband do it : )

  5. Maddy Says:

    Poor little thing…
    I feel for her…

  6. Anne Says:

    Hi Maddy,
    Thanks…it was traumatic for both of us : ( Now that she’s older, cutting her nails has become much easier.

  7. Jennifer Says:

    Oh, how terrible. I always nibbled their nails and that worked great.

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