Newborn nails aren’t just scratchy – they can harbour bacteria too, so it’s a good idea to trim them regularly. Just try telling that to a wriggling baby! Here’s how to do it without losing a finger…
- Sit your baby on your lap so your body holds his securely. Hold each finger separately in one hand, while you trim it with the other. It’s best to use scissors with blunt edges so you don’t risk nicking his skin when he wriggles. You can also buy nail clippers especially for babies, but make sure you don’t cut the nails too short.
- That’s the official advice, anyway, but ask any parent and most will tell you they nibble their baby’s nails when he’s having a feed. You could also try doing the deed while he sleeps and his hands are still.
- Toenails grow more slowly than fingernails and will probably only need trimming once a month, if that.
- If your baby is prone to scratching his face, look for babygros that have cuffs you can fold over his hands like mittens.