Cutting the Stress Out of Cutting Your Child’s Nails

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Cutting your child’s nails doesn’t have to be a fight. Try these tips to cut the stress out of cutting your child’s nails.

  1. Buy a good pair of clippers/scissors so that you can get the job done faster and easier. Dull tools will only make your job harder.  See suggested products below.
  2. If your child is a heavy sleeper, try cutting nails while your child is asleep.
  3. Cut nails after they have been softened in the bath, and the nails will be far easier to work with.
  4. Be careful not to cut nails too short. Your child will remember it hurting and will be less likely to cooperate the next time.
  5. Try cutting a single nail per day so that your child knows it will be over fast and will be more willing to cooperate.
  6. Try filing nails instead of cutting. Or use scissors instead of clippers, or vice versa.
  7. Use distraction to your advantage and cut nails while your child is glued to their favorite part of their favorite movie.
  8. Double team the nail cutting job. One person can hold or distract the child while the other person does the cutting.
  9. Let your child watch you cut your own nails whenever you do, to normalize the process and lessen any fears.
  10. If the child is old enough, let them try cutting or filing their own nails, so they have more control and less anxiety. Be happy even if the job isn’t perfect.
  11. When all else fails, offer a reward for holding still or helping to get the job done. An M&M as each nail is completed, or a Dollar Store prize at the end, can make all the difference. ©

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