five reasons to not trim your baby’s fingernails and toenails

little toes

1. Because he’s currently more interested in wiggling than in personal hygiene, you are terrified you are going to hurt him. (Talk about “moving target!” And you’ve never really been known for your scissoring savvy, anyway.)

2. You’re waiting to see if this Babies-as-Tiny-Adults trend will sprout any shops specializing in Infant Manicures so that you can be off the hook.

3. Hey, if you want him to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for nail length, you better get started early.

4. Right now he’s snoozing safely in his crib, but it’s a brutal world out there: claws could come in handy (pun intended) for self defense.

5. You could use some help with all those scratch-off lottery tickets you’ve been buying lately – word has it that college isn’t cheap these days.

19 replies

  1. With baby #1 I had him in little mittens for a while until I mustered the courage to cut his nails. With #2 I did it within a few days of getting home. With #3 I brought the scissors to the hospital and cut them as soon as he entered this world.

    • Ha! Yup, I worked those mittens pretty hard (after all, it was winter…) – I had them on him so much I wondered if I was compromising his dexterity…:) For a while, I was able to cut them while he was feeding, but now he is wise to my tricks…

  2. All valid reasons but I really like the idea of baby manicures and pedicures the best. Those little feet travel everywhere naked. No telling exactly where they have been exploring.

  3. I always kept baby trimmers in the car. Then when they fell asleep (they always fell asleep in the car), I would trim their nails before taking them out of the car. A little weird, but it worked like a charm. πŸ™‚

  4. I cheat when cutting nails…used to do them when he was sleeping, then he started waking up. Now, I sit him on me, put on some baby Einstein on youtube and trim all 20 of his nails in record time because he’s much to concentrated on the puppets to care about the nail trimmer πŸ˜‰

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