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Oh my gosh, I just absolutely hate cutting her nails.<br>
Sometimes they rip off, and that is awesome. But they are starting to get longer. (She is 3 1/2 mo old). Anyways..So today I cut her nails and she was squirming around. I accidently clipped a piece of skin on her thumb and she cried.<br>
It bled for a while but I think its stopped now.<br>
I dont know how I am supposed to deal with the cut though. I tried putting a bandaid on it and then covering her hand up with a mitty. but she sucked on it and soaked the mitty and so I let it be open to air.<br>
Anyone else ever done this!??<br>
I have such bad first baby anxiety with every lil boo-boo.<br>
Heh.<br><br>
-Kimberly-
 

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Wait until she's asleep. I mean really, floppy asleep. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My DD lost the nail on her pinky toe. I felt like the worst mother *ever*. I think it snagged on her sleeper. Now I try to keep them all trimmed.
 

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its SO hard isnt it, i have no great advice, my first had a nail cutting phobia till he was about 3 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> my second is better, but still hates it and dd is following in their well worn foot steps. i have never felt comfortable biting the nails, and i cannot bring myself to do it when they are sleeping, i tried in the past but they even pulled away from me in their sleep.<br><br>
huge hugs - it is a job i hate too, un fact i need to do dd's soon as she took a few lumps out of me when she grabbed at me today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I am too afraid to try the clippers. I still bite them off. I wonder though, do they get stronger so that I have to clip them? Good luck!
 

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Should I just leave the cut open to air? Shes been sucking on her fist and slobbering all over the area. She even spit up ALL over.<br>
But I dunno..I cannot really cover it.<br><br>
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Thanks for all the hugs mama's.<br>
i appreciate it.
 

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I hate it too! They grow like crazy, and if I don't cut them twice a week, she scratches herself and leaves red marks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I can't cut them in her sleep, either, because if it's dark I can't see what I'm doing and if it's light it wakes DD up, so I just do it when she's awake, calm, and in a good mood. It's gotten better as she got older, although now I do have to worry about her other hand getting in the way.<br><br>
For the cut, I'd probably just keep it out in the air, and make sure to clean it on a regular basis, and obviously if she spat up on it or managed to get it in her poop. I know tiny babies are fragile, but this certainly won't be the last cut she gets in her childhood, and it's not as big of a deal as you probably think. Good luck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i must be the only one that thinks cutting babys nails r easy but only when he is sleeping<br><br>
ayah
 

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I used to do it when my dd was sleeping, but now she holds still enough for me to cut them awake. (she's 4.5 months) I use a baby clipper, and the trick is to use the bottom blade to hook under the nail, and then clip. That way, you won't knick the skin.<br><br>
As for the cut, I'd put neosporen on it 2x a day. It will keep the bacteria down.
 

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<span>I never liked cutting my dc's nails either i once tried cutting dd chloes nails when she was sleeping but she started wakeing and moved and i ended up snipping her finger <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> i felt so guilty even she only cried for a second and then wouldn't do it after that just bit her nails when they too long also bit her toe nails and did the same with ds cameron, i fineally got confident enough to do it again using clippers with dd caitlin and the same thing happened she wriggled and i ended up cutting her finger <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> now i just pick them off or bite them off with cameron and caitlin but use clippers with chloe cos she now lets me do it and sits still for me</span>
 

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I hate doing this too. But I've found that pulling back the top of the finger to expose the nail more helps get the skin out of the way (if that makes sense).<br>
I was having a really hard time and letting it go and a friend with a baby a month younger then my ds offered to cut ds's nails. As she makes each clip she says: "sssnnnniiiiiippppp" My ds cracks up and now sits still through the process. HTH.
 

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I bite DS's. I bit DD's until she was old enough to understand she had to stay still to get her nails cut (maybe 2 years old?)<br><br>
Just leave it alone and it should be fine. If you are worried, you can put some lanolin on it since it's safe for eating.<br><br>
Hugs mama!
 

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i have dh do it.<br>
somehow, he is great at it so he is the official baby nail clipper-er <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> in the family. thank goodness because i really dislike doing it, mostly because i'm afraid of hurting her. now as a 15 month old, dd sits quietly for him for the 2 minutes that it takes him to clip.
 

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If it were me, I'd leave the cut open to the air - I know it'll end up in the mouth, but still. Babies' skin has an amazing ability to heal.
 

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Oh, I caught DH cutting DD's nails like this once, that might help:<br><br>
He put a towel folded a few times in the sink so she doesn't bump her head. He put her on the towel, so she couldn't roll away. Then he could grab her hand or foot to trim her nails.<br><br>
Our faucets don't hang too far over the sinks, so she wasn't going to hurt herself.
 

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Aw, that's hard. I'd just keep the cut clean and leave it open to air. I don't think her sucking on her own hand will hurt.<br><br>
I use the safety baby nail clippers and angle the bottom half of the blades so it's not pointing towards skin. She sits on my lap facing outward, and I make a big deal of pretending to cut mine first, saying "let's get a manicure! doesn't that look nice." And I make up some silly song. She has a toy to hold in her free hand to keep her from grabbing at the clippers. She likes the toothpaste tube. This has worked since about 3-4 months, when the nails stopped just peeling off on their own. I also don't try to get them right down to the skin, so I cut more often, maybe 2x a week. It's less stressful that way.
 

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I did that once to my neice and I cried I think as much as she did out of guilt...then ran out and bought her a gift...lol...it seemed to have bled forever...<br><br>
With my son I file them while he is sleeping...it is so easy and I'm not nervous about it and I can get them pretty short w/o rubbing his skin...I pull back on the skin on the tip so that helps...I use either the little boards that came in a baby kit or I use my pink boards which are for buffing adult nails...<br><br>
I love when they just break off themselves...I have yet to do anything to his toenails and he is 10w old...his socks seem to taking care of his nails I think they are just breaking off...
 

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Squirt some breastmilk on the cut. Antibacterial and nontoxic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I bite them off. That's not entirely foolproof either, I've messed up and ripped the corners low. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> A bit easier though. She's 2 and I can still bite through most of them. I bite my own nails habitually so I'm in good practice.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Try not to feel bad. I know it's hard. The first few accidental mama-inflicted injuries are the hardest. But gradually you get to toddlerhood where there is a constant barrage of ouchies of all sorts and it gets a little bit easier to deal with.
 

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I have always had much better luck with the nail scissors than with the clippers. I've never drawn blood with the scissors. I'm sorry you're feeling badly, though. I know that when my little ones have had knicks from nail cutting, it always healed up very quickly. It's amazing how resilient baby bodies are.
 
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