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How to cut a headstrong 3yo toenails?!

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Alaska77 Fri 12-Oct-12 12:24:36

Seriously, it's impossible. Fingernails OK. Toenails, too tickly (so he tells me). I've tried pinning him down firmly so it doesn't tickle. I've tried bribing him with chocolate buttons (only worked for one toe). When he used to have a daytime nap I'd do it whilst he slept, but now he only sleeps at night I'm not attempting it in the dark!

Any tips?

ZuleikaD Fri 12-Oct-12 12:28:25

My DD (3) likes me to clip about 95% of the way and then peel the rest herself. Otherwise she won't have anything to do with it. Still have to pin DS (2) down.

LeChatRouge Fri 12-Oct-12 12:30:11

Was going to suggest while he is sleeping...torch maybe?

Or how about getting someone else to do it. My sister's kids won't sit still for her, but will quite happily sit for fringe/toenail/fingernail trim for me.....!

PhyllisDoris Fri 12-Oct-12 12:30:13

Tell him is toes will drop off if his nails get too long - lol!

We had an aupair, and she was the only person my DD would let cut her toenails. (bit of an expensive solution to the problem though!)

SaurenLaurensonsMum Fri 12-Oct-12 12:30:44

Trim the nails after they are asleep.

amck5700 Fri 12-Oct-12 12:34:02

Do it when he is sleeping and put the light on or will that wake him, if so, then get a head torch or get someone else to hold the torch.

I could do anything while mine were sleeping - we even showed people round their rooms (with the light on!) when we were selling our house and they were in bed. smile

LadySybildeChocolate Fri 12-Oct-12 12:36:31

Play a game. How about 'this little piggy'?

Noqontrol Fri 12-Oct-12 12:37:22

I do ds's when he is asleep at night. He doesn't wake when the light goes on though.

Theas18 Fri 12-Oct-12 12:37:32

Emery board adnd let them do it them selves little and often?

LtEveDallas Fri 12-Oct-12 12:38:43

I used to bite DDs - so much easier.

WitchesTitWhistles Fri 12-Oct-12 12:39:37

File them? Going anywhere near my wriggly toddlers toes with scissors makes me nervous.

Iggly Fri 12-Oct-12 12:41:24

Stick the tv on and do it then?

Flossie69 Fri 12-Oct-12 12:45:08

Can someone please explain to me how it can possibly be easier to bite a wriggly 3yo's toenails? confused

MrsJohnDeere Fri 12-Oct-12 12:45:08

I have to do ds2's when he's asleep at niht, with minimal light! And he has to be in the right stage of sleep (deep sleep?) otherwise he still resists and squirms and complains.

Alaska77 Fri 12-Oct-12 13:00:41

Thanks everyone. Maybe I'll give it a go at night with a torch or the dimmer switch on! I hadn't thought of asking someone else to do it. Nana is in favour with DS at the moment so maybe I'll ask her to give it a go!

ZuleikaD Fri 12-Oct-12 13:01:16

Got to say, I wouldn't fancy biting my DD's! I used to do it when she was tiny but it's clippers all the way now.

AngelDog Fri 12-Oct-12 13:56:47

Playing with bare feet in sand e.g. sandpit - it's supposed to 'file' them down. I've not tried it, but may well do soon with my 2.9 y.o. as he hates it.

A nail file might be better than scissors or clippers.

PedanticPanda Fri 12-Oct-12 14:01:33

Put a lamp on in his bedroom and do it while he sleeps. I had to do this for my son too, he has ASD and will go bananas at anyone trying to cut his nails.

LtEveDallas Fri 12-Oct-12 14:14:48

Flossie, at night, no light needed and no danger of cutting her smile

aquavit Fri 12-Oct-12 14:25:08

I would up the bribe. At one stage we were at several smarties per nail. Soon afterwards the bribes weren't required any more, I think because she realised there wasn't really anything to be scared of. Also doing it while watching TV as it's a good distraction, but TV gets turned off the second the nail cutting gets interrupted.

Doing it while asleep woke her up, annoyingly.

NB dd didn't ever spot that I had substituted mini smarties for the normal kind once we had offered more than one per nail...

Cee3008 Sat 13-Oct-12 17:56:01

Try doing them in the bath, he'll already be distracted...?

EntWife Sat 13-Oct-12 20:33:26

I bribe dd1 (2.5) with the promise of sparkly rainbow toes. works every time.

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