Handle with Care

Long Nails

Some babies are born ready for their first manicure. The safest thing to use is an emery board or special infant nail clippers. "Never use your own cuticle scissors or adult nail clippers," Thompson says. "Newborns' nails are tissue-paper thin, and it's easy to get some of their skin caught if you're using a product that's really made for bigger fingers."

Quick Tips: File the nails down to the fingertips, rounding any sharp edges. Don't try to peel or bite your child's nails. "The risk is that you'll tear off more than you intended, causing soreness and possible infection," Thompson says. Instead, cut or file her nails when your baby is sleeping and won't know what's happening. Plan to trim the nails about once a week.

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