Dear Father Hood: what’s the best way of cutting baby’s nails?


Get him or her in a headlock, grab their hand and go, go, go and get started cutting baby’s nails. I’m joking, obviously. The answer to this question comes in two parts. First: the implement. And second: the technique.

Implement-wise, a lot of midwives recommend using your teeth and a lot of parents think this is disgusting. I am not one of them, but I couldn’t come to terms with eating my baby, so began to look at other options. Baby nail clippers were purchased but, due to difficulty of use, these were quickly discarded in favour of Tommy Tippee baby scissors*. A teeny tiny set of blades that my dumpy digits can’t master, but my wife uses with aplomb.

Top tekkers

Now, it is time to talk technique. Make faces. Relax him in the bath. Distract him with the telly. We tried all sorts of things before stumbling upon two methods that do the business for us. The first involves tackling our son’s talons while he’s chowing down on a bottle of milk. And the second sees us clip his claws when he is snoozing away in the land of Nod. And if neither of these work for you? You have two options. Keep trying until you find a way that works for you, or give up and let those bad boys grow. Like your face? Then I would suggest doing the former.

Your methods

And that’s it. That is all I can tell you about the time-consuming, heart-raising and danger-filled process of cutting baby’s nails. Have I missed anything? If you have got a fail-safe secret move or another method for cutting baby’s nails please let me know in the comments section below this article.

Until next time…

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