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Clipping Tiny Fingers and Toes
Posted by christina f on Oct. 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

When your baby is first born he has the tiniest fingers and toes - so small and delicate. But somehow, no matter how sweet they are, they sure do have fast growing fingernails and toenails. Have you ever noticed?

The gripping and flexing that newborns do makes it even harder to clip them. It's a reflex of course, but it happens all the time. Prying their little hands open can be a challenge. Feet are easier to get at, but the nails are still hard to trim.

For the first few weeks, I resorted to peeling my baby's nails off. I know that might sound weird, but it was better than bringing sharp clippers anywhere near his delicate digits. I know some moms who bit off the nails of their babies all so they could avoid the clippers. Us moms will go to some major troubles just to avoid a task that is scary.

I found that the easiest way to clip my son's nails was to wait until he was asleep. One time in particular, I remember finishing up a feeding with him and rocking him gently until his eyes closed. Once he was asleep, I broke out the nail clippers. They were the special newborn clippers that were supposedly shaped for small little hands and feet. They even had a small magnifine glass attachment so you were sure to see exactly what you were doing.

I gently stared my clipping. I painstakingly looked over each and every finger and toe, making sure I did not get too close to his skin. I was literally on the last finger when it happened. I nicked his skin. I saw the blood start to rise. This was followed by the loudest of cries. I had done the unthinkable, the very thing that I was petrified of doing. I held his little finger tight to alleviate the pain, and it was over before it had even started, but the whole ordeal left me scarred. 

christina f About christina f: My name is Christina Fiedler, and I am a parenting writer based in Los Angeles, CA. My husband and I are parents to a four year old boy, and we are currently expecting our second baby boy due this summer - I always knew I'd have a bunch of boys! I'm so happy to be sharing my personal stories with you and can't wait to get started!