It is not necessary to cut baby nails very often. In new-born babies, nails are soft and wear down on their own through contact with baby’s clothing. Older babies wear down their nails while playing and interacting with their surroundings.

You can clip your baby’s fingernails and toenails when needed. Use special baby nail scissors or nail clippers. You can also file nails with an emery board. This helps in just rounding off the nails so they’re smooth.

How to cut your baby’s nails

Try to cut your baby’s nails when your baby is asleep, very calm or drowsy.

Following tips for cutting nails can make things easier for you:

  • Ensure that you are clipping nails in a room having plenty of light, so you can see well.
  • Take help from someone; so that, one holds your baby as the other clips the nails.
  • Gently push away your baby’s finger pad from the nail to avoid cutting the skin.
  • Clip toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails.

Some more tips to keep your baby happy as you cut nails:

  • Talk calmly or sing while cutting the nails.
  • Try to distract your baby with a toy or activity.
  • Try to involve your baby in the activity by making a game of it.
  • Praise your baby for helping you finish as this can help both of you to feel good about getting the job done.


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