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My 15 m.o. must be part monkey. She won't let me clip her nails (fingers or toes). How do you manage?<br><br>
On that note, how do you clear a stuffy nose? She won't let me near her with the nasal ulb, and she hasn't learned to blow. Any ideas?<br><br>
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I do it when she's asleep. In the first 20 minutes of her nap or bedtime nothing can wake her (she's a very light sleep otherwise) so I can turn the light on really bright and clip them.<br><br>
AS for the nose, what about using eucalyptus EO in the bath? That should help make things flow a bit better.<br><br>
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Oooh, I like both ideas. I'll try them. I think Soli has been taking instruction from the cat; she always manages to have one sharp fingernail in reserve. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Is there a video she really enjoys? I know some kids have no interest, but I've always been able to hold dd on my lap as she watches Signing Time and clip away in peace <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> (And when that's over I've got another 20 minutes to load/unload the dishwasher and change over the laundry. Could life be better? LOL)
 

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- bribery (organic vegan gummy bears)<br>
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- when she's asleep<br>
but since she doesn't really nap much anymore, it is much harder to do this.<br><br>
The monkey thing... do you mean she curls her toes really hard so you can't clip the nails? That's what my daughter does. It's so annoying!<br><br>
For the nose, the only thing that seems to work is nursing. Hopefully she will have learned how to blow it by the time she stops! Once, only once, I was able to use saline drops in her nose and it worked like a miracle. She's never let that bottle more than 10 feet near her since, though!<br>
Oh, putting her on a pillow or two helps her sleep better, as her nose can drain that way.<br>
Good luck!
 

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I've been doing it in my DS' sleep most of his life, and it is only very recently that he has let me near him with the clippers (and only then on a limited basis).<br><br>
As far as blowing noses ... I just decided that if my DS didn't like the "nose sucker" bulb, then he would probably live with having a stuffy nose (even tho it bugs the crap out of me). The eucalyptus oil is a great idea!!!! I will have to try that, just as soon as I can get him back into the tub... which will be a few days probably.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Who knew how challenging the little things could be?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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AS for the nose, what about using eucalyptus EO in the bath? That should help make things flow a bit better.<br><br>
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I usually cut her nails after a bath and they are softer. I also do it while nursing [prop her head on pillow].<br><br>
Good luck!!!
 

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Another one here who clips nails while DD is sleeping. I don't do anything in particular about a stuffy nose. She can't blow yet, and I tried the bulb thing once or twice when she was little and could never get it to work, so I gave up on that.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I have always been afraid to clip my babes nails. I pretend to be going in for a kiss on the finger or play like Im going to eat them up and just bite the nail. They dont realize Im doing anything and usually get a good laugh at thinking I am playing a silly game.
 

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When my ds was younger, he loved to listen to music, singing, so much that he was almost paralyzed by it. I learned how to clip his nails while singing a song, or saying nursery rhymes, and I had a pretty good repetoire. That's the only way he would keep his fingers still.<br><br>
With the stuffy nose, he never let me use that nasal syringe, he just hated it. We just did without it.
 

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as far as the nails...do it at night when she's asleep. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> and as far as the nose, this will sound gross but it really works awesome...suck it out yourself. i do this with ds and just spit it out in a cup. sorry if this was tmi... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> at least he has never had an ear infection! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We use cookies (we use Newman's arrowroot cookies). They are "special" cookies that they only get at nail clipping time. I break up the cookies into small pieces and sit the nail clippee on my lap. With dd, I would turn her so that one hand was in reach of the cookie pieces and clip the other hand, then switch. That was usually sufficient distraction for her (I had to be quick though). Ds is not distracted by picking up the cookie pieces like his sister, but if I stick a piece of cookie in his mouth for every nail I clip he is usually cooperative.
 

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hehe, my son has a horror of having his nails trimmed. Even in his sleep he'll wrestle his foot/hand away. So I just trim them one or two at a time when I can get a hold of him. I just use my fingers to do it since the clipper thingee takes too long to get into position.<br><br>
On the nose blowing thing, I blow my nose alot (it's a pg thing) around my son and he seemed to have picked up my habit. He'll blow if I hold a tissue up to his nose. So I'm lucky with that bit. He's also a picker so his passages are usually quite clear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I *used* to give DS the "real" phone (our cordless.) I thought I was so slick, having found something that would keep him still for the entire time it took me to cut all of his finger AND toenails!!! I would just reach over every few seconds to be sure he wasn't calling China or something (or disturbing some unsuspecting random person.) But then, one day, just after I reached over and shut the phone off (he always managed to turn it on and start hitting the buttons "live") the phone rang. I thought, "Oh crap, he managed to connect to someone and they *69'd us, I owe them an apology." It was the 911 operator! (yes, of all the possible 3 number combinations he could have managed to randomly hit, of course that was the one!!) I was extremely contrite and apologetic, but the operator said that she still had to send a police car to my house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Thank God the officer had a two year old at home and was very understanding!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Now, I give him the (unplugged, but charged) baby monitor receiver. He has fun pressing the buttons and changing the channel and watching the lights on it. "Forbidden" electronics have always worked well for us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">On the nose blowing thing, I blow my nose alot (it's a pg thing) around my son and he seemed to have picked up my habit. He'll blow if I hold a tissue up to his nose. So I'm lucky with that bit. He's also a picker so his passages are usually quite clear.</td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Same here!! i guess that's the one upside of having chronic allergies!!
 
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