Are This Baby's Fingernails Too Long? Parents Weigh in

ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Oct 2017
clipping baby's fingernails
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As you get to work on baby proofing, you’re probably not thinking about one particular hazard to babies: themselves. It takes a while for newborns to get the hang of how their bodies work—and many often end up scratching themselves with their own fingernails. The solution? A combination of no-scratch mittens and baby fingernail clippers. But a recent viral photo shows one parent has clearly opted out of both.

A photo shared by the Instagram account Daily_EarthPix shows an infant with long, pointed fingernails that honestly bear closer resemblance to talons than nails.

The captions asks users: “Cute or not?”

While we admittedly couldn’t scroll through all of the nearly 7,000 comments, it seems like the answer is a resounding “not.”

Fingernails of this length can pose a real danger to baby. While some babies are more prone to scratching themselves than others, Bumpies have reported babies scratching at their faces and their eyes, in particular. Luckily, Bumpies also have quite a few tips for keeping baby’s nails short, including when they’re too soft to be filed:

  • “My doctor said to cut with clippers if you need to. Just don’t bite them off—which is what I was told by a lot of people.”
  • “I just peel them off. They’re really soft so it’s easy. If that didn’t work I’d use blunt tip nail scissors rather than clippers.”
  • “I filed my first daughter’s nails from birth to keep them short, but my younger daughter’s are too soft. I use my own (very sharp) clippers because they work (safety ones frustrate me). I’m just careful to hold her finger firmly.”
  • “I’ve found that I prefer cuticle clippers; they are much smaller and more accurate than any clippers.”
  • “I just got these Piyo Piyo nail scissors on Amazon and they are amazing! They’re rounded so you can’t cut baby and sharp enough to trim nails but not too sharp. I used to be scared cutting his nails but not anymore.”
  • “The best time for me to clip my son’s nails was after his bath while I nursed him. He wasn’t squirmy and was focused on eating so I could get it done fairly quickly. I used the Safety 1st scissors from a grooming kit I was gifted and never had issues.”

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