How to cut your newborn’s nails

A child is born with nails, but many mothers do not even assume that they are on small fingers. nails can be so long. Young parents will have to do a manicure for their baby from the first days. If you do not cut your nails, a newborn can scratch his face, and you will get nuts. Children’s nails grow very quickly and they will have to be trimmed every 4-5 days.
How to cut your newborn's nails

You will need

  • separate manicure scissors with rounded ends or tweezers, alcohol, brilliant green, bandage.


Purchase special round-tipped scissors or tweezers from a pharmacy or baby store. It is desirable that other family members do not use them. After the purchase, you need to sterilize the scissors – dip the blades for a few minutes in boiling water or wipe them with medical alcohol.
Prepare yourself – wash your hands with soap and calmly proceed with the procedure. Do not worry too much, otherwise your anxiety will be transferred to the baby or scare him so much that he will be afraid of subsequent haircuts. For the first time, you can cut your baby’s nails when he sleeps. This will give you time to carefully consider each finger and overcome your fear.
prune nails on the arms of the child is rounded, and on the legs in a straight line. Do not cut very close to the skin. Just move the pad of your finger away from the nail so as not to accidentally injure the delicate skin.
If it so happened that you hurt your baby’s finger, press a sterile bandage to the wound for a couple of minutes to stop the bleeding. Treat the wound with brilliant green or a solution of potassium permanganate.
When you do a manicure to an awake baby, try to distract him with something. A book, a cartoon, dad jumping around – anything to keep the baby from spinning. Even if you did not have time to process all the nails, and the child is tired, you can always return to the procedure a little later.
Do not believe the rumors that if a child starts trimming his nails early, then their shape will be ugly. It depends on genetics, and not on the nail trimming procedure itself.
Helpful advice
Don’t wait for baby’s nails to grow too long, cut them on time. Despite the fact that in newborns, compared to adults, nails are softer, broken and bitten edges are not the best look for children’s fingers.