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What are ways to make cutting your baby's nails easier?

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Here are some tips to make cutting nails easier:

  • Cut nails after a bath, when they're softer.
  • Sometimes it helps to trim a baby's nails when the baby is asleep and relaxed.
  • If you use scissors or a nail clipper, press the skin under the nail down so you can get to the nail more easily. It may help to have your partner hold the baby's hand steady the first few times so you can concentrate on cutting.
  • Trim her fingernails following the natural curve of the nail. Cut toenails straight across.
  • Use a nail file after clipping to smooth any jagged edges.

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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