Hello Mamas and dads to be! How are you doing today? I hope you are all really doing just wonderful. When I had my first baby, I was so afraid of cutting her nails that I prolonged it. But that did not help the situation, it only made it worse. As I ignored it she started to scratch her face and other parts of her body which meant I had to do something about it now. I will share with you what really worked for me personally. It might also work for you. My favorite way of cutting my baby’s nails is step #7. I hope it works for you. (Promotional link).
This site contains affiliate links. As an affiliate I will earn a small commission if you make any purchase through my link. Thank you for your consideration. So how do you feel about cutting your little star’s nails for the first time? Here some awesome tips to help you along:
1. Your baby’s nails naturally grow very fast, cut them when needed
Clipping your baby’s tiny nails may be a terrible worry, but it’s one you’ll have to do sooner rather than later.
Your baby’s nails have been developing even before he/she was conceived, so she could be ready for a manicure in the first week -and every two to three days for the next three weeks before the nails harden and stop growing so quickly! Do not let what happened to me happen to you, where baby begins to scratch her face or you.
2. What type of tools do I need?
The funny thing is that you can softly peel the ends off with your fingertips while your baby is very young. However, as your child ages, you’ll need to switch to baby nail clippers, tiny round-ended safety scissors, or a fine emery board. Since carving, some parents prefer to use emery boards to smooth out the sharp edges.
3.Here is an easy way to do it if baby is awake or asleep!
- Keep the baby’s finger and press the fingertip pad down and away from the nail while cutting.
Snip along the normal curve of the fingernail, being careful not to nip fast by cutting too short.
Split her toes’ nails straight through while caring for them.
- Keep in mind that toenails develop more slowly than fingernails and therefore require less upkeep. (Promotional link).
- Keep their nails straight, don’t cut them too short, and stop trimming along their finger’s curve.
- Do not cut down the side of their toenail, as this can lead to ingrown nails, and avoid scratching into the ends of their nails, which can lead to infection.
- Have a tight grip on their hand and press the finger pad away from the nail. If you trim your baby’s finger too short, the tip can bleed, which may lead to infection.
- Since newborn babies’ toenails are so delicate, they curl around the end of their toes, it’s difficult to tell which part of the nail is connected to the skin, so proceed with caution.
- Use mittens or socks to avoid baby scratching you or herself.
4. Get some help if you really need some support
Not everyone is cometent enough to do it for the first time on their own. Having someone there for support can be powerful in giving you confidence as you do it.
5. Practice, practice, practice!
This is what worked for me. After the first try I was more confident after each try. Like they say, practice makes improvement. Try not to get into the habit of letting others do it for you do it yourself and continue to practice.(Promotional link).
6. Always ask God for His help
Remember God is with you when you go through each challenge. So always reach out to Him .
7. Wait for them to fall asleep is what I did and it worked!
Mamas this just might work for you . I waited until the little angel fell asleep.! This was so easy and it was helpful in building my confidence.
8.Cut one -two weeks intervals
Cutting your baby’s nails regularly is a good routine. You can determine this by how fast it grows. Each baby’s growing span is different. You might could wait every 2 weeks.
9.Accidents can happen: Relax
Don’t panic if you nick your skin by mistake. Apply a small amount of pressure to the wound with a piece of wet, moist cotton wool to avoid the bleeding. However, don’t use a plaster because your kid could choke if it comes loose.
10. Never try to bite your little star’s nails!
If you want to keep the baby’s nails short, don’t bite them. You can end up biting off too much Germs from your mouth may enter some small wounds on your baby’s fingertips and cause an infection. You won’t be able to know what you’re doing, because your baby’s fingernail will be very tiny in comparison to your teeth.
Go ahead Mamas! Practice, practice, practice until you get your confidence. You just have to start and that is the beginning of releasing your fear and anxiety about cutting you little star’s nails. But for real try the sleeping technique. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you found this post interesting and helpful. Please like, comment and share. You can visit my social media platforms @https:linkedIn- MarilynSmith @ linkedIn, Instagram -marilynsmith_3291, Pinterest- https://www.breastifriend.
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