How do you cut your toddler's nails?

(23 Posts)
GiveMeVegemite Wed 17-Jul-13 10:06:52

My DS is 13 months and is going to grow talons soon, but he won't let me near his hands or feet with scissors. It literally takes me a whole day of randomly doing one finger at a time to get them down to a reasonable length. I dont really want to pin him to the ground and use force to do it if possible! There is no chance I can do it whilst he is asleep, I have tried. Any suggestions?

CrazyOldCatLady Wed 17-Jul-13 10:09:09

I turn on the tv and hold DS down. He doesn't like it but it's better than him scratching himself! I find doing it early in the day before he gets tired or hungry is important.

GiveMeVegemite Wed 17-Jul-13 10:39:35

Ok, distraction and force! I will give it a try smile thanks

Ninehoursahead Wed 17-Jul-13 10:58:14

I used to do DS's when he was asleep, now I just pin him down or bribe him with chocolate (but he's 4.5 now -still a battle!)

MiaowTheCat Wed 17-Jul-13 13:46:22

A combination of cbeebies and cutting my own (and cynically exploiting the curiosity factor).

Oh and sod scissors - baby nail clippers (I got a tommy tippee set with all that malarky in) all the way - quick snip on each finger. Have done it almost from the start (I used emery boards for about the first month) so she's used to it now.

My mother watches with her jaw on the floor as she'd never dare do it that quickly or decisively and just used to cheat and nibble mine down... quite possibly the reason I ended up with the nail biting habit from hell!

Both my kids are like me and have nails that grow ridiculously fast too.

KatOD Wed 17-Jul-13 13:53:13

Either wait til really dozy before nap/sleep or bribe with Peppa pig/room on the broom on TV. Use the baby nail clippers, much easier. Dd is 20mo and I've been varying between these depending on her mood since a couple of months old.

Phoenixflame Wed 17-Jul-13 14:00:12

My DS is 2 and always wants to take the nail clippers off me to play with them if I try to do them while he's awake. So I wait until he's asleep and do it then. I just hold one finger at a time and do it as quickly and as carefully as possible. Never had a problem with him waking up. Thank god!

I think nail clippers are best - but I haven't tried scissors.

NotAQueef Wed 17-Jul-13 14:34:39

Sporadically, ineffectively blush I'm sure the nursery have me on some kind of list due to DS's odd mix of short and long nails - he is 2.8.

He pulls his hands away while I try and do it so it's rarely achievable I might have nipped his fingers a few times this way. - mainly because we have daily battles with teeth brushing and nappy changes all of which I seem to be tasked with ... it's no wonder he hits me and prefers daddy when I do all the nasty jobs!

Am thinking of investing in these as at least I can ensure that am not grabbing skin when I swoop in!

GiveMeVegemite Wed 17-Jul-13 14:35:10

I have nail clippers and scissors, just haven't been game enough to use them. I got my husband to sit DS on his lap, with C Beebies on and quickly snipped away! It worked! I will try clippers next time though. Thanks smile

ceeveebee Wed 17-Jul-13 14:37:21

I have a TV in the kitchen which gets switched on for 10 minutes after every meal while I tidy/wash up, so I clip their nails once a week or so when they are in their chairs and engrossed in whatever cbeebies are showing at that time (20 mo twins).
Disgustingly, DH bites their toenails off if he sees they are getting long, yuk

PiHigh Wed 17-Jul-13 14:43:02

TV, doing her sister's first, holding down and ignoring screeching sad. Actually now she's a bit older (3) a bit of bribing her by saying I'll paint her nails afterwards helps too.

GuffSmuggler Wed 17-Jul-13 14:45:45

Whilst he's drinking his bedtime milk, works a treat!

missesjellybean Wed 17-Jul-13 14:48:07

I do it while they're asleep or with a nail file which they will happily sit and let me do though it takes a bit longer smile

littlemefi Wed 17-Jul-13 14:48:20

My dd age 3 has eczema so have to keep nails short as otherwise she scratches til she bleeds at times!
After a mishap with scissors (eek!) I use an emery board while watching cbeebies, works for us with no problem.

valiumredhead Wed 17-Jul-13 14:50:32

I used to do ds's when he slept.

Babouche Wed 17-Jul-13 14:51:54

I've got tweezerman tiger print baby nail scissors.
They don't seem to mind their nails being cut with these.
If it's a battle I'd go for distraction with the TV,bribery and if all else fails,force!

OKnotOK Wed 17-Jul-13 14:57:01

Sod scissors & baby nail clippers, those things were so bloody sharp!!

I use an old small set of nail clippers i had in a set, after a bath (while watching Ina Garten cooking...strangly hypnotic!!confused) i just sit her between my legs facing the TV.
Shes just used to is now.

nancerama Wed 17-Jul-13 15:04:03

Distraction, and always go for the hand they use most first.

Slavetominidictator Wed 17-Jul-13 15:04:43

When she's asleep...

rrreow Wed 17-Jul-13 15:12:37

I use nail clippers and have several pairs. I give one to DS to play with, while I use another to clip his nails.

Sometimes if he's not very compliant I get DH to distract him (usually he does something in the form of "OOH what is that on your hand (the other hand than I'm clipping obviously), FINGERS?!! How many fingers have you got?" etc etc

showtunesgirl Wed 17-Jul-13 15:16:20

I do them when she's still strapped into her buggy so she can't get away! grin

shoesontheglasslamp Thu 18-Jul-13 18:55:30

I do toenails in high chair whilst eating favourite meal. He's also at a height where I can get them done quickly and effectively!

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