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I have now had two children that made it nearly IMPOSSIBLE to clip their nails. When they are really young (like the first month or two) I can usually get away with doing it while they nursed, and I liked to use the nail scissors then. However, now Archer is at that stage where he gets distracted very easily while nursing and just will NOT sit still for clipping them. And since the scissors are so sharp I hate using them when they are not still enough.
I must admit I get so stressed out while trying to clip their nails without hurting their little fingers while they are flailing around like crazy people. What we finally figured out to do with Perrin, and it seems to work for Archer is well, is to have Dh hold them up on his shoulder and I stand behind him and let their arm dangle over the shoulder toward's his back. For some reason they actually sit still this way and as long as I am fast I can get it done with the regular clippers with no incidents.
I know some people are lucky enough to be able to do it in their LO's sleep, but both of my children have been way to light of sleepers for that sort of thing. This really is the only thing that works for us.
Its funny, we prob have all kinds of ridiculous ways to cut our kids nails!
Nick lets me do his fingers no prob, but when I mention the toes he FREAKS OUT! I have to pretend his toe nails are shooting me in the eye the whole time I do the toes but that seems to make him laugh and distract him enough!
Nate just lets me do it to him, wide awake and curious!
Thankfully Lauren sleeps deep enough that I can do it either when she sleeps or she is calm enough after her bath at night so I can do it then. For the first month I was so afraid of cutting her that I just just the nail file.
Well, after our nail clipper incident last night, I dont think I'm going to cut them for a while... at least until her boo-boo heals and she has forgotten about it! I might try the nail scissors next time.
i cut ty's fine, he flails but i still can do it. I use to bite austins off, BAD idea, now he bites his nails ... so i never have to cut them, they are bit right off contstantly... now he has a horrible nail biting habit.
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