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When it is about newborn’s hygiene, parents need to make sure that they are doing the best they can. Cutting baby’s nails is one of them.
Consistency and utmost care, while washing and bathing, cleaning umbilicus, nappy changing, genital care, and cleaning nose, ears, or nails, is very important. Dealing with newborn’s hygenic areas can be very tricky. And, at the same time, it cannot be delayed either. In this series, today we will try to find out how to cut newborn’s nails.
In the beginning, nail trimming was a challenge for me as well. Being a first-time mommy, I was equally afraid of using any sharp objects for nail trimming. It used to be very stressful.
However, as I mentioned earlier, this moment cannot be delayed because newborn’s nails grow very quickly. In addition, despite being tiny, baby nails are sharp. And, as babies have no control over their hand movements, they get hurt easily.
My daughter used to cry a lot
Every time, before starting with trimming my baby’s nail, my daughter used to shake and cry a lot. This was very scary for me until I get to know that she is crying because the feeling is new to her and the clipper is cold, which is upsetting her.
Be it a scissor or nail clipper, Both are fine. It depends upon your comfort. However, before using scissors for children, make sure it is new and clean. And, do not forget to hold it in your hands for a few minutes, so that it’s temperature is similar to the body.
Do not use scissors or nail clippers that are for adults. Unlike adult scissors, scissors for children are different. The one you can find in the pharmacy and before buying make sure that must have rounded edges to avoid injury to the baby.
When to trim
Some mothers prefer to cut the nails when their babies are sleeping, while many other prefers after a bath. This is because after the bath they are soft and your baby is more relaxed. You can distract your baby with a toy or ask someone for help. Either way is just as good as long as the baby is quiet and you can accomplish the mission safely.
How to cut newborn’s nails
To start with, you need to push your baby’s finger pad a little backward. By doing so, you will be able to stick the nail out. Once done, with utmost care, you are supposed to chop the white part only.
Be very careful, as you are not supposed to trim it too deeply. As long as it is not troubling your baby, it is okay to leave a portion uncut.
I used to trim her finger nail at least 5-6 times a month and toenails at least once a month.
It is recommended to choose a good time, when you have natural light and when you are least bothered about the phone calls or visitors. The idea is – keeping distractions away.
In case your baby is not responding well, it is better to postpone your mission. Put baby gloves on your baby’s hand to protect him/her from scratch until you trim your baby’s nails.
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