The first time you have to trim baby nails its scary business. For the first few months Baby D’s nails would start to peel off and it was easy and painless to trim back. Well last week I got a note home from his school that said he had scratched his face and to please trim his nails. I’d heard horror stories about the first time someone had trimmed baby nails and struggle that often results in clipped skin.
I was truly dreading this moment and came home with a look of terror on my face. The Mister asked me what was wrong and I said we had to trim baby nails! Surly I am not the first mom to be fearful of this. It’s like a right of passage, you know its right up there with sleepless nights and blow out diapers, learning how to trim baby nails.
#1 Gather your equipment: We weren’t entirely sure what to use, so we got everything out. emery boards, baby clips and nail trimming scissors. We ended up using the clippers.
#2 Give baby a bath: This will help soften the nails as well as calm baby and mommy down before the big event.
#3 Enlist a helper: This is really a two person job. Someone to hold baby and someone to focus on the clipping.
#4 Place baby in your lap facing outward and try to gently unclench that tiny fist for prime nail exposure.
#5 Using your index finger gentley pull back the skin under the nail to expose nail length. This really helps the person clipping.
#6 Gently trim baby’s nails. Carefully not to go too close to the skin, Boo Boos will happen.
We made it successfully through 9 nails! On the last nail the skin got clipped. I’m not sure which of the 3 of us was more upset. After some snuggles and nursing all was okay.