The Best Baby Nail Clippers for Stress-Free Nail Care

Baby nails can get razor sharp—but trimming them makes parents quake with fear. Stress less with these best baby nail clippers and files.
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April 12, 2021
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One of the most intimidating and tricky tasks for any new parent is trimming an infant’s nails. The combination of a squirmy baby, tiny fingers and toes and the fear of drawing blood makes the job seem next to impossible—but it’s not one you can just ignore. (Take it from someone whose 6-week-old scratched a cornea. Ouch.) Thankfully, product designers have taken pity on anxious parents and designed baby nail clippers specifically for teensy nails. Here, we’ve rounded up the best baby nail clippers in the grooming game, making the job as easy, painless and tear-free as possible—for both you and baby.

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Safety 1st Sleepy Baby Nail Clipper

A common piece of parenting advice in the nail-trimming department is to do it while the baby sleeps. While that solves the challenge of handling a squirming infant, it adds in a brand-new hurdle: Being able to see what you’re doing in the dark. Which is why these baby nail clippers from Safety 1st has a built-in LED light to guide you while baby snoozes. Plus, the large ergonomic handle makes for a slip-free grip.

Buy it: $6,

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The NailFrida Snipper Clipper Set

It figures the same people who figured out the easiest way to clear baby’s congested nose also have an ingenious solution for trimming baby’s nails. FridaBaby’s NailFrida may look like traditional baby nail clippers, but features like the spy hole (to see exactly what you’re clipping) and overlapping blades (to prevent nicks, even if baby moves at the last second) make these one of the best baby nail clippers around. Bonus: The included S-shaped baby nail file is designed specially with small fingers and toes in mind and helps remove any rough or sharp edges left behind.

Buy it: $13,

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The First Years American Red Cross Deluxe Nail Clipper with Magnifier

Feel like you need a magnifying glass to get a good look at baby’s teeny-tiny nails? These are the best baby nail clippers for the job. They have a magnifier directly attached to improve your view (with four-times magnification, to be exact) and make the job that much easier.

Buy it: $6,

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Rhoost Deluxe Baby Nail Clipper

Trimming baby’s nails can be pretty nerve-wracking for first-time parents, leading to sweaty, shaky hands—which of course only makes things worse. The no-slip silicone grip is easy for anxious moms and dads to confidently hold, and the large bamboo handle fits comfortably in adult hands, giving you precise control over the baby nail clippers. Parents appreciate the sharp blades that clip nails without leaving jagged edges behind.

Buy it: $6,

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Piyo Piyo Baby Nail Scissors

Prefer baby nail scissors to clippers? Look no further than these from Piyo Piyo. A parent favorite (nearly 1,200 users give them five stars on Amazon), the Piyo Piyo baby nail scissors have handle loops that work for both right- and left-handed users, as well as rounded tips—so if your little one manages to get a hold of them, you don’t have to worry about any accidents.

Buy it: $8,

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ZoLi BUZZ B Electric Nail Trimmer

Want to avoid clippers and scissors all together? Spring for this high-tech electric baby nail trimmer from ZoLi, which is essentially a baby nail file on steroids. The battery-operated tool works by gently filing, rather than cutting, a baby’s nails using a cushioned, circular pad. The Buzz B comes with four different file pads, each color-coded and designed for specific ages. It’s not quite as speedy as using baby nail clippers, but it’s virtually fool (and injury) proof.

Buy it: $34,

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Little Martin’s Drawer Baby Nail File

This baby nail file features all the benefits of the Zoli Buzz B—and then some. The electric baby nail trimmer files and buffs baby’s nails, but also features an LED light and nearly silent motor (in case you want to work while baby is sleeping). Another bonus? The Little Martin’s Drawer baby nail file isn’t just for babies and toddlers; it also comes three attachments for adults to give themselves an at-home manicure. In other words, pampering for all.

Buy it: $30,

Published September 2018

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