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I guess I'm old fashioned, but I'd really rather wait til dd is 8 or 10 yo to worry about nail polish. Unfortunately, a couple of months back, her 18 yo cousin thought she'd look adorable with some pink polish (dd's favorite color). Because this is a norm in dh's family and I wasn't home, she got her nails and toes done. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Part of my dislike is the chemicals. Part is that I feel there's plenty of time to be "grown up" and that I'd rather dd spend time being a kid (ie, nail polish, make up and similar activities are more "grown up" to me. Probably the way I was raised.)<br><br>
Since then, I've gotten Honeybee Garden's peel off polish and been thinking that maybe that's ok to put on. Do any of you let your 3 yo have painted nails? Is this something you do regularly, or for special occasions?
 

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My 3.5 yo is a nail polish junkie. Dh loves to put it on her when he does his own nails....he is in a rock band...... And it is a long standing tradition that she gets her nails "done" after her hair cuts. So I guess I have zero problem with it. However, I refuse to wear the stuff myself. Too much trouble.
 

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Nope. We don't do fingernail polish here.
 

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My dd has about 14 bottles of nail polish <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: I have one. She got some for Christmas from us, then at a Christmas party she got more, then grandma sent her some for Valentine's Day. I don't really mind it (though she doesn't need quite so much of it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ). As long as the emphasis isn't on make-up and clothing equaling beauty, and there's also the message that she's beautiful "as is", and strong and smart, etc etc, it's okay by me. She puts it on when she feels like it, and it makes her feel special for a while. Then she's off climbing the hills and trees and rubbing it right off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
FWIW, ds also gets his fair share of nail polish, and yes, we tell him he's beautiful, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Kristin<br>
mom to dd (5 1/2), ds (almost 3!) and #3 due in June.
 

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what happens when a 2 year old likes nail polish<br><br><a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v342/shawness/feet2.jpg" target="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ness/feet2.jpg</a><br><a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v342/shawness/floor.jpg" target="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ness/floor.jpg</a>
 

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I don't think there's anything wrong with being against it and asking your daughter to hold off. My older boys are in elementary and tell me of girls who have acrylic nails and wear more makeup than I do. I had no idea!<br><br>
My daughter is just a babe right now but I think it'll be cute to do her toes when she's older. Maybe just something light like clear w/glitter.
 

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Oh and FWIW I've painted all of my sons toes. Most recently my 3yo admired his "pretty toes" for a few hours and then peeled the polish right off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We don't do nail polish. We don't do any make-up of any kind. The purpose of it is to make you more appealing for mating purposes. I wouldn't be with a man (or a woman, though I have never felt the need to swing that way) that thinks I need to paint my nails for any reason and I wouldn't raise my dd to think she needs it. Beauty comes from within. I spend my time teaching her to be a kind person, not a vain person. No offense to those that advocate. JMHO.
 

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Since I also have teen girls they do have nail polish and love to do little sister. I have even let the boys have it on occassion. They do makeup as well. I do buy lip gloss for dd and some of her friends have it too.<br>
I don't think it is wrong to forbid, you have to do what works for your family.
 

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My dd loves the fun of nail polish. She doesn't think it makes her a better mate or anything. She also colors herself with markers to see the awesome color difference.
 

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We paint toes but not fingers, since dd still sucks on her fingers. I have been guilty of mentioning once or twice that we could also paint her fingers if she didn't suck on them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> The chemicals do bother me, although I'm sure she gets more icky stuff through other venues than having her toenails painted 3-4 times a year. I don't really view painted nails in pastel pink and purple as a grown-up thing to do. I hardly ever paint my nails (finger or toe). This is JMO & obviously you should do what you think is right. <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 think it depends on your 3 yr old too. I have a 3 yr old boy, and I KNOW that he would peel off the nail polish and eat it, or he'd suck on his toes!!!! So, no for us. However, if you have a more mature 3 yr old that enjoys pretty looking nails and you won't have to worry about them accidentally ingesting it, then I think it's ok. However, for me I might do it as more of special treat thing, so not something you would do very often. I worry about the chemicals too.
 

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I put polish on my soon-to-be step daughter's nails. I also let her put on make-up. So does her biological mother.<br><br>
She usually chooses nail polish colors that are not particularly "adult" (pink glitter). And the make-up I bought her is pastel. You can hardly see it unless you look close (She's not that skilled at the lasting application <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ). She wanted to be like me and put on make-up, but I didn't want her looking like she is trying to look thirty. I am all about little kids looking like little kids.<br><br>
I always make sure to tell her, whether it is in reference to make-up, nail polish, or me shaving my legs, that this is something that some people choose to do because they like it. Someday when she is older, she might not want to wear nail polish or shave her legs, and that is okay. When it comes to appearance enhancement, only do it if it is fun or gives you a feeling of satisfaction.
 

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My 3 1/2 year old loves to have her nails done.<br><br>
When I was about 6 months post partum I really needed a beauty boost (weird since I do not wear any kind of makeup). For some reason I fixated on my toes. I think it was a way for me to carve out some special "focus on mommy" time.<br><br>
Since then I have collected quite a few polishes, mostly the translucent sparkley kind. DD is fascinated by the sparkles, what little person isn't?<br><br>
I will occasionally bribe her to let me cut her nails with nail polish (especially when she has a few bitten off ragged ones and I get scratched). For the most part we keep it to the toes. Other times she sees me do it and asks for hers to be done too. It's an occasional thing and doesn't last very long. It's usually so pale (I do one coat) and on such tiny toes most people would not notice.<br><br>
She also loves "lipstick". She has a little pot of strawberry Burt's Bees lip gloss that she loves to put on (bought this for her when she discovered my Carmex and would not leave it alone). When we are at Grandma's house she is always right there when Grandma is putting her face on in the morning to get her dab of lipstick. She always comes running over to me after putting some on saying "Mommy, look at my sparkley lips."<br><br>
It seems like it is just play and fun so I don't worry about her getting any warped body image ideas. After all her mom doesn't wear make up, doesn't shave her body hair, and wears t-shirts and 5 year old cargo shorts most days.
 

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We only do toes but my ds has been getting 'pretty toes' since about 2 or 3 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (I buy natural nail polishes without the chemicals and such andf never use the acetone removers)
 

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There is no nail polish in my house and there won't be for a very long time. I tell the girls it is about the chemicals.
 

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I paint my daughters nails and toes all the time, never saw anything wrong with it. I didnt pierce her eyes, I will leave it up to her since that is more of a permanent thing.
 

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Same. Too many times she still puts her fingers in her mouth. But I give her frequent purple pedicures.
 

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Polish to me is just something to do for fun so I dont have a problem with it all all no mater what the age (tho it does look a bit odd to me on babies) I even paint ds's toes if he wants me to.<br><br>
To me make up for the face and nail polish are 2 very different things.
 
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