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We all know how to use a nail clipper -- but babies are squirmy, their nails are tiny, and clippers are sharp. Try clipping when your child is asleep or after a bath when nails are softer. Push the tip of the finger in to expose the nail. Squeamish parents may choose to use a nail file instead. Toddlers in an uncooperative sort of mood present an even bigger challenge. Valerie Plowman, of Wellsville, Utah, says that having her 2-year-old count each clip does the trick, as well as asking him to be brave (counting and being brave are two things he loves to do, she says).

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