Cutting your baby’s fingernails can be a bit nerve wracking between trying not to cut a fingertip and getting your baby to sit still while you do it. The best time is while he is sleeping. Always keep the needed supplies with you in the diaper bad so that when he falls asleep in his car seat or at another location you can do it then. The next best time is after bath time; your baby’s nails will be soft and easier to cut.
Proper lighting is a must to clearly see what you are doing and reduces the risk of cutting a fingertip. Try using a pair of baby safety clippers, these normally have a better grip and are easier to use. Hold the finger pad away from the nail and keep a firm hold on your baby’s hand as you clip. Make sure that you cut along the curve of the finger and toenails straight across. To even out the rough edges try an emery board. If you are patient and you don’t think he’ll wake up soon you can just file the nails with the emery board.
To cut your baby’s fingernails while he is awake enlist some help. He will be wiggling and trying to explore and learn while you are trying to cut his nails. Your help can hold him and his arm steady for you while you do the work. If this doesn’t work, try having your help distract your baby with toys, so you can clip and file his nails. Sometimes parent’s cut their baby’s nails by biting them off, this increases the risk of exposing germs from your mouth to any cut that is on your baby’s finger. When you bite you won’t be able to see to only bite the nail not the finger.