Babies grow fast! They double their size in the first three months, and that means cutting baby’s nails every few days. The best time to do this is when the baby is sleeping because the hands (and feet) will be relaxed. Consider doing it right before baby wakes from a nap, although sometimes you may only one hand at a time.
Clippers are a good choice. They come in different sizes as your child grows. You can also use safety scissors. Emery boards and nail files also work, but they take longer. Biting your baby’s nails can cause infection. Peeling lacks precision.
Cut straight across the nail and leave enough white–a millimeter or two–you don’t want to cut the nail too short. Avoid angling the sides. This is where parents sometimes get into trouble. If there is bleeding, apply pressure with gauze or a clean cloth and monitor the area for infections. Bandages don’t work well on baby since they put their hands in their mouths and the bandage can be a choking hazard.
Whatever tools you use: keep them clean. Consider keeping baby’s set for baby. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions or wipe with rubbing alcohol and air dry to avoid rust and damage.
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