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Hi, just wondering if you can post question to other mums. I would love some tips on how to cut toenails of a toddler who won’t let us near her feet. Thanks.

Posted by Erin, 3/7/2013

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  • I generally do when they are asleep or just out of the bath and their nails are soft

  • it is easy to do it while they are asleep

  • Doing it while they are asleep is quite easy but mine were quite good and allowed me to do theirs.

  • I always find it is easiest once they have fallen asleep.

  • Either do it when they’re asleep or when they’re distracted with something, I find the tv to be a good distraction tool for things like this

  • After a bath the nails are soft and when sleeping they will not move whilst the nails are cut

  • I have found the best way is just to put my daughter in her highchair and give her a biccie to chew on whilst I get to work (very quickly mind you) Sometimes she still gets very sooky towards the end but I have found that the distraction gets me at least half way through the job…

  • We bribe our son with a multivitamin and TV to do his. It was hard at first, it used to take 2 of us, but now he wants to reward so he offers them to us.

  • The best time is when they are asleep

  • a nail file, yes if you have that much time. I used to just tear them off. Now I just snip the edge with scissors then tear them off. The scissors are too sharp to use to cut the whole nail, cause they move & wriggle too much

  • Can u use a nail file instead of cutting?

  • I don’t know about other kids, but unfortunately mine is waaaay too light of a sleeper to touch him when asleep. I have found the best way to get his nails is to distract him

  • I just wait until their sleeping cant do it any other way as they are to fidgety.

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