Parenting Babycare

How to Clip Your Baby’s Nails Safely

Kshitij Yadav
0 to 1 years

Created by Kshitij Yadav
Updated on Oct 22, 2020

How to Clip Your Babys Nails Safely
Reviewed by Expert panel

One of many things that leave new parents anxious is clipping the newborn’s nails. Baby’s nails are tiny and taking a good care of them is no joke. The nails of the infant start forming during the second trimester of pregnancy and formed completely at birth. And the nails need to be trimmed from the birth onward as they are soft and delicate. They grow faster and should be trimmed once in a week. Don’t worry parents! Here are tips to clip baby’s nails gently and safely.

Make sure you have the right tools

To clip baby’s nails isn’t a child’s play so you better make sure you have these important stuffs to clip your baby’s nails.

  • A pair of baby-nail scissors/clippers
  • Grained emery board
  • Antibiotic cream

Choose a right spot & time

You need to choose a spot with good lighting and a time when your infant is calm and relaxed. Try to hold the baby’s finger gently yet firmly to slightly clip the nail.

Use baby-nail clipper/trimmer

These clippers are small yet they give a better visibility than the adult sized nail clippers. It is highly advised not to use adult nail clippers as they exert more pressure and are too big and risky to cut baby’s nails. Also, initially when infant’s nails are soft, you need to use baby-nail scissor as they have round edges for safety.

Scrape the nails

One of the better ways to avoid cutting your child’s finger use grained emery board for filing both finger and toe nails. The nails could also be filed after they’re clipped or trimmed in order to smoothing rough edges of the nails.

Dip nails in water for easier clipping

Make sure that you dip your infant’s nails in the lukewarm water for smooth clipping and trimming.

Did you like the blog? Did you find it useful? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below; we’d love to hear from you.


This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

  • 6
Comments ()
Kindly Login or Register to post a comment.

| May 09, 2018

amazing suggestions.

  • Reply
  • Report

| May 17, 2018

i use baby nail grinder of trumom brand. i found it to be totally useful and not worried about my child getting her nails hurt even accidentally.

  • Reply | 1 Reply
  • Report

| Oct 18, 2019


  • Reply
  • Report

| Oct 18, 2019

  • Reply
  • Report

| Sep 17, 2020


  • Reply
  • Report
+ Start A Blog

Top Parenting Blogs

Ask your queries to Doctors & Experts

Download APP