Baby Light & Clip: The Tiniest Manicure Is Totally Doable

03/23/2009 at 05:45 PM ET

I think every parent is traumatized by the sight of blood when it comes to clipping those teeny-tiny fingernails, but Baby Light & Clip ($15) has come to the rescue. It’s an inexpensive and astonishingly simple idea: a pair of tiny nail clippers with a flashlight attached. It enables parents to snip the nails while baby sleeps. It comes in its own storage case and already has a AA battery installed. Mine lives in the pocket of the glider and gets pulled out whenever Baby nods off after a feeding. Those nails grow fast so this gadget is going to get a lot of use!

— Kristen

Do you have any tricks for trimming your newborn or infant’s nails?

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Amanda C. on

My daughter (now 18 mos.) has resisted sitting still for nail cutting since she was about 9 mos. old. Before that time she would conk out while nursing and I would cut her nails then. After 9 mos. she switched to a bottle and that opportunity was lost.

We’ve had some success cutting her nails while she sleeps at night. The risk is waking her, of course. I have tried the Baby Light & Clip and didn’t like it. I found the plastic part around the light makes it hard to maneuver the clippers and cut the nail short enough. I prefer to go in with a cuticle clippers and a flashlight. (I am very careful with these! I find the way they fit in the palm makes it easier to be precise than regular old baby nail clippers.)

RJ on

These clippers are so awkward!!! The light is ineffective and the clippers are hard to maneuver. We do best (for the past 10 months) using an emery board.

LB on

Personally I am doing just fine with the baby nail clippers that come in those safety kits. I wait until my son (5 1/2 months old) is asleep and just use the lamp next to me for extra light. Plus one trick I always use is once I have the clipper under his nail I don’t clip it right away. I put it under his nail a second time to make sure that it was just his nail that I had. Then I clip away. Works great every time and I get the job done without any problems!

Danielle on

I tried to wait until Anya was asleep or at least nursing and then I used baby nail scissors. But my best tip is to let someone else to do it! I found it too nerve-wracking when she was so little.

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