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How often should you cut your baby's nails?

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Because your baby's fingernails grow very quickly and babies can easily scratch themselves, file or cut them about twice a week. Your baby's toenails don't grow as quickly. You can probably get away with cutting them a couple of times a month. Just watch out for any jagged edges that need trimming.

Never bite off your baby's nails -- you could give her an infection.

From: Baby Maintenance: Baths, Nails, and Hair WebMD Medical Reference

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Dr Christopher Tolcher, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, USC School of Medicine; spokesman, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Safety Council: "Baby-proofing your home."

March of Dimes: "Giving your baby a bath."

Consumer Product Safety Commission: "CPSC warns of drowning hazard with baby bath seats or rings."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Dr Christopher Tolcher, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, USC School of Medicine; spokesman, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Safety Council: "Baby-proofing your home."

March of Dimes: "Giving your baby a bath."

Consumer Product Safety Commission: "CPSC warns of drowning hazard with baby bath seats or rings."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 17, 2018

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