Your baby’s nails probably seem to grow very fast; this is due to her tiny fingers! You might be wondering if you should cut them, and the answer is yes – because by doing so you keep your little one from scratching and hurting herself. This can seem a bit challenging, especially if your baby moves a lot, but before you get nervous, know that her nails are so thin that cutting them should be quite easy! To avoid hurting your baby, you can cut her nails after a bath when she is relaxed and calm, or when she is asleep. The risk of cutting your baby’s nails while she is asleep is that she might wake up. If this isn’t a problem for you, go ahead! Nevertheless, if you prefer not to disturb her sleep, ask your partner or a family member to hold her hand while you cut her nails, keeping her still. You can cut them using a small nail clipper or special baby scissors. To avoid cutting your baby’s skin first press her fingertip back and then cut the nail. Remember to avoid using your teeth, this can cause infection.
And what about toenails?
Toenails grow more slowly than fingernails, so you’ll only have to cut them once or twice a month. Her nails at this stage are very soft and easy to cut. You can cut them the same way you cut fingernails, asking your partner or a family member to help you out if necessary.