June 02, 2014

The time has finally come; your little bundle of joy is growing bigger, and so are their fingernails. Although the thought of handling a pair of scissors around your newborn seems pretty scary, clipping your baby’s growing fingernails is actually a very quick and easy task. Just take a deep breath and follow these steps:

First things first: make sure you have all the proper equipment necessary to undergo this mission.

-Special baby fingernail scissors with rounded tips (or a mini emery board as an alternative)

- A magnifying glass can also be helpful, but is optional

Now it’s time to get trimming! Many parents find it helpful to clip their baby’s fingernails while they are sleeping, that way you don’t have to worry about them squirming around or resisting. In this case it is always a good idea to keep a pair of your nail scissors in your diaper bag so that you can be ready with them at a moment’s notice.

When beginning the process, hold down the top of your baby’s fingertip, separating it from the actual fingernail. Gently snip, following the fingernail’s natural curve. Try not to cut too much off to where you might accidentally poke skin. Toenails grow more slowly than fingernails, so they do not require as much attention - but when they do get to be a little too long, they can be clipped straight across.

The first time is always the hardest, but it gets easier once you’re familiar with the process. And don’t forget, if you have any questions or concerns regarding clipping your baby’s nails- do not hesitate to consult your HANDS home visitor or local pediatrician. Good luck and happy trimming!