How to trim your infant’s tiny nails

Start with the proper equipment (and a positive attitude) to keep your baby’s itty-bitty nails neat and trimmed.

How to trim your infant's tiny nails
 Long nails on the hands of infants with little to no control over them can lead to scratches, especially on their faces, so keeping them short is essential.

Did you know that your baby’s fingernails grow about 0.1 mm daily and faster in the summer? Keeping up with their constant growth might be a very challenging undertaking.

Your baby’s nails have been developing since before she was born, so she may be ready for a manicure within the first week of her life (and every two or three days for the first three weeks until the nails stop growing so quickly.

What is the best method for trimming a baby’s nails?

Use special baby scissors with rounded points, so you don’t accidentally poke her if she flinches while you’re working or a clipper specialised for the task. Some clippers have built-in magnifying glasses to assist you in getting a clear view.

  • Hold your baby’s finger while pressing the fingertip pad away from the nail while you trim the nail.
  • Carefully cut along the natural curve of the fingernail.
  • When caring for her small toes, trim the nails straight across. Remember that toenails grow more slowly and require less trimming as a result.
  • It’s easiest to trim a baby’s nails while they are sleeping.
  • Keep a pair of scissors in your nappy bag so you may take advantage of cutting chances whenever they present themselves – in the stroller, in the car (when someone else is driving! ), or at Grandma’s house.

Top tip: Too timid to use baby nail clippers or scissors? Instead, use a baby-sized emery board.

Can I nibble on my baby’s nails rather than using scissors?

Peeling or gnawing your baby’s nail tips is generally not the best idea. Peeling may inadvertently remove too much of the nail, whilst nibbling may transmit your bacteria to her skin.

What should I do if I accidentally cut my infant’s finger while clipping her nails?

Even though you’ll feel terrible, try not to worry if you accidentally draw blood; it happens to every well-meaning parent and manicurist! Do not put a bandage on the affected region (if it comes detached, it could pose a choking hazard). Applying mild pressure with a clean, lint-free cloth or gauze pad will quickly stop the bleeding.

Invest in baby mittens

Many parents wrap their infants’ hands with mittens or socks to keep them from scratching their faces with their nails. However, as your baby develops over the next several weeks (and as you get more adept at nail trimming), it is advisable to give them ample time to explore their hands freely. If scratches continue to be an issue, we recommend limiting your baby’s covered time to when they are sleeping.