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Trimming baby’s nails

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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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