In the very beginning, you might only need an emery board. Yes, they make baby-sized emery boards! Some newborn’s nails are so soft that a clipper or scissors just aren’t necessary. But some babes have nails that are too thin for filing. Either way, once you’re ready to move on to the heavy machinery, just follow these simple tips.
The first few times, you may want to try clipping while baby sleeps (if she’s a good sleeper) or right after a bath when nails are softest. Use clippers or scissors specifically designed for babies—they usually have a curved cutting edge. Now it’s time to clip!
Try to trim every three to four days. And don’t worry…if you do clip a bit of skin, simply rinse the cut under water and apply pressure with a cloth until the bleeding stops (and be sure to give lots of kisses).
If you’re too nervous to pick up those clippers at first, here’s a tip: Gently peel off nails (they are very thin during the first several weeks) or just nibble them with your teeth!