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How do you trim a baby's nails if he wakes easily and won't let you do it while awake?


I used to be able to trim them in his sleep, but he wakes easily now. I could use some good tips and hacks!

  • Jenn
    Jul 16, 2019

    That's when I started letting my LO watch TV. I would put on fish swimming and she was mesmerized long enough for me to clip her nails

  • Laura
    Jul 16, 2019

    Distractions definitely help. You could also do the brute force method if someone else can hold him down for you (won't work when they're older and stronger). It may be helpful to let him hold the clippers and pretend to cut your nails first.

  • Anonymous
    Jul 16, 2019

    I filed her nails instead. I had the same problem as you. Worked well. I used Baby Nail File by Baby Blue Giraffe..I dont use it on her anymore she's 3 and a half but it still works like it did when she was a newborn. I only use it now if her nail is bothering her and it's still a little short to trim with a nail clipper

  • PK
    Jul 16, 2019

    I let my son hold my phone... or some forbidden object. Then when that stopped working we did YouTube videos on my phone... and then when I noticed that he was paying attention to me trimming his nails we don’t use my phone anymore!

  • Melissa
    Jul 17, 2019

    I turn on baby shark and give him a toy to hold in one hand

  • Kristine
    Jul 18, 2019

    I trim my son’s nails when he’s drinking his bottle. He holds it with one hand so I usually trim the free hand and switch.

  • Natasha
    Aug 29, 2019

    I use a file