How to Trim a Baby’s Nails

Here's how to cut your baby's nails.

From the umbilical cord falling off to seeing your baby’s first smile, time may feel like it’s moving fast once you bring your little one home from the hospital. Before you know it, you’re going to have to cut your infant’s nails. For most new parents, this is incredibly scary. Here is why you should cut your baby’s nails and how to go about it safely:

Why you must do it

Newborns have soft, flexible fingernails that grow very fast. If you don’t cut them, your baby’s inadvertent movements can cause the nails  to cut or claw his or her face. To prevent scratches, keep your little one’s nails short.


“Trim your infant’s nails once a week.”

How to do it

First, make sure that you have plenty of light. Pull the tip of your child’s finger away from the nail, and use some tiny scissors or infant nail clippers to trim the nail. Try to trim in as straight a line as possible. If you accidentally nick the skin and there’s blood, just apply pressure with a cotton swab. The bleeding should stop soon.

It’s a good idea to keep your baby’s nails as short as possible by cutting them once a week. Not only will this decrease the chance of your little one scratching his or herself, but it can also limit germs.