Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday's Tip: Infant Fingernails

Infant's fingernails are so fine and sharp we want to make sure to keep them 'clipped' so they don't scratch themselves too badly.  But it can be scary for some moms.  Here are a few tips to help:
  • It can be hard to see where the end of the fingernail is past the skin.  Instead of using fingernail clippers for the first while, use a very fine fingernail file and gently file it down.  It's less scary. 
  • After you can see where to clip, use baby nail clippers and not the same ones you use.  Yours are dull and worn down and won't clip their delicate nails as easily. 
  • Another helpful thing, is if you can find a way to do it while your baby is sleeping.
  • Baby fingernail clippers can also be found with lights (WOW!), and bigger handles that make it easier to have a firm steady hold while 'manicuring' those tiny nails.

1 comment:

Angie said...

Thanks! This is a task that I dread because I am always so afraid of clipping their little skin! I'll have to try to find a little fine nail file.