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April 27th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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Any advice? I am HORRIBLE at this, and DH won't even try. I tried clipping last night because I can never seem to get her nails filed short enough, but they were too soft to clip - they just bent, and I was using baby clippers. At least she seems to scratch me more than herself...

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April 27th, 2007, 12:07 PM
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I tried adoption ten years ago...was a mom for almost two years.
When Ashlyn was newborn I tried to clip her nails...got the same result
you seem to be getting.

I bit her nails. (I'm not naturally a nail-biter, so this was a chore for me!)
I never caught her fingers in the clippers again (once was enuff to seek a different
method!) It seemed crude, but it definitely worked!

Good luck!
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April 27th, 2007, 12:43 PM
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our hospital told us not to clip yet, too much risk of cutting the cuticle and causing infection. they actually recommended biting the nails, like Dawna mentioned. That or filing.
Do not sorrow; the joy of the Lord is your strength." Neh. 8:10
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April 27th, 2007, 10:46 PM
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I used a little emery board on Nicholas' nails until he was about 6 weeks old and only did it when he was sleeping. I also found that Safety 1st makes a baby nail clipper that has a magnifying lens attached to it so you can see really close up. I use those now only while he's sleeping and my DH shines a flashlight one his hand to give me a little light. Doesn't it sound like a lot of work?

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April 28th, 2007, 07:59 PM
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Thanks for the replies - I guess there's no easy way to do this. I've been usng an emery board and filing... guess I'll stick to that and those gowns with mittens at night. They also said not to clip for awhile at our hospital, but I couldn't remember how long. Blame the mommy brain!

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