Cutting fingernails is something you should have mastered by now. After all, you’ve been cutting your own nails for most of your life . . . but when it comes to trimming your baby’s nails, you may be feeling a little nervous – or even scared. Don’t be nervous. Trimming a baby’s nails gets easier the more times you do it. Here’s a big tip – Always cut your baby’s fingernails when he or she is asleep. It makes the job easier, and it’s less stress on you!
Although your baby’s fingernails are softer and more flexible than an adult’s, don’t make the big mistake of allowing them to get too long. Those fingernails are sharp, and because your newborn has very little control over his arms and legs, his nails can easily end up scratching up his precious face. Because your baby’s nails will grow pretty fast, you may need to trim those baby nails several times a week. Cut your baby’s fingernails at least once a week to be on the safe side. Luckily, toenails grow more slowly, so they don’t require as many nail trimmings – maybe once a month. Just pay attention to the length of the nail, and be your own judge.