It is important to clip baby’s nails from time to time, as you will see them growing every few days. Nails of newborn babies are very soft , but the baby can scratch herself as they can be quite sharp. Best time to trim a baby’s nails is after a bath, while a baby is sleeping.
Easiest way to clip a newborn's nails is to just peel away the nail. They are so soft that they come off easily, and you may be scared to use a clipper on those extremely soft fingers.
As the baby grows older, it is important to use nail clippers or scissors to trim baby's nails.
You should buy nail clippers and scissors meant for babies and not make do with regular scissors as this can be dangerous. These baby nail clippers have rounded edges to ensure nails can be clipped short.
baby nail scissors and clippers
How to clip nails ?
It can be nerve-wracking to clip baby's nails the first-time. Don't worry, you will get a hang of it in no time. You may wait till the baby has gone to sleep. Even then, be very gentle. Make sure, there is enough lighting to see what you are doing. Hold the baby's palm and finger with one hand and clip with the other. If you feel you can't manage alone, especially if your baby is very fidgety, take your partner's help where one of you can hold the baby and other can clip the nails.
However careful you might be, there will be an incident or two where you might accidentally draw blood. Don't panic. Apply gentle pressure to stop the bleeding. In most cases, this will stop the bleeding and cut will heal on its own in a few days. Don't apply and medicine or bandage to it as baby is bound to put fingers in mouth and it can be dangerous.
If the cut is too deep and you are not able to stem the bleeding, go to the doctor.