Cute, fragile, innocent, unknowing – these are all words to describe a newborn baby. Oblivious to the world around them, newborn babies are the
Do newborn babies have fingernails?
Well, the first question is very simple; do newborns have fingernails? The answer is both Yes and No. Most newborn babies are born with a thick, scaly skin that covers the area of where the fingernail is supposed to be. When the baby’s skin comes into contact with the air outside the womb, it becomes hard to protect it. This may not be the case for all babies. Some are born with fully-developed fingernails. You may have to watch out for the length of these fingernails are they could scratch you while breastfeeding or when swaddling.
How do we trim the baby’s nails?
As your baby develops, so does his/her fingernails. Just like our fingernails, we need to groom our newborn’s nails to become safer and neater. To trim the baby’s nails, you will need a set of baby nail trimmers, along with all the necessary tools. Some of these tools are baby nail clipper, baby nail scissors (trimmer), a nail file and buffer. Some sets also come with other grooming tools such as a baby pipette, a thermometer, a hairbrush and a baby toothbrush, and a holder for all the items.
One thing we need to keep in mind when trimming baby’s nails is to go follow the nail shape and to apply as little pressure to the finger as possible. It is vital to hold the finger in place so it does not move around. DO NOT RUSH! Take your time when trimming your newborn’s fingernails as they are tender and easily bruise.
When can you cut the baby’s nails?
Now the ultimate question: When do we cut baby’s nails? This highly depends on how fast your baby’s nails grow. Some babies grow so fast, you may need to trim them once in two weeks. Typically you will need to trim a baby’s nails once in 3 weeks to a month. Just keep an eye out for long fingernails each time you let your child hold on to your finger. Do not by any means cut the nails when they are short. This may cause injury and