It's important to keep your baby's nails short and smooth so she can't scratch herself and can still use her hands to learn about her world. But clipping a baby's nails when she's squirming is almost impossible ... so wait until she's asleep! Tiny as they are, your baby's nails grow surprisingly fast and may need to be trimmed as often as twice a week.
Here's how to do it:
- Use a soft emery board, baby nail clippers, or baby nail scissors.
- To avoid snipping the fingertip skin as you trim the nail, press the finger pad away from the nail as you cut.
- Don't panic if you draw a bit of blood — simply apply a little pressure and some antibiotic ointment.
- Toenails grow more slowly and are generally very soft; trimming monthly is usually enough.
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