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Monday, April 19, 2010

The Adventure Begins!

TO CLIP OR TO BITE?!


It has been a little over a week since I brought my precious bundle of joy home.  In this time I have learned many things, some I hope to share with you.  First and foremost, babies LOVE to sleep during the day and have parties at night.  I know this will pass, and she will eventually get on a schedule.  However, for the time being it is hard.  I am not complaining (too much) she is healthy and happy……even at 4:30 in the morning.
As previously mentioned there are so many things I can’t wait to write about, it is finding the time now to do so.  I must bring up this and hope some of you other mothers out there can help me.  To Bite or To Clip…..finger nails?????  My poor child doesn’t even know she has hands yet because they are confined to what I like to call “oven mitts”.  If one of her outfits does not have hand covers, I immediately put on her oven mitts to prevent her from scratching herself.  There is only one remedy to this situation, cut her nails.  She is so young and her hands are so small I am scared to clip them out of fear I may hurt her.  My friend Sophia told me to bite them off when she was sleeping….. REALLY?!?!?  Bite them off?  Isn’t that a bit prehistoric?  I mean if we have Pedi Paws for dogs shouldn’t we have some better piece of equipment for cutting a baby’s finger nails?  I guess not so I am left with the smallest nail clippers to do the job! 
So what do you other Mom’s say?  Clip or Bite?
Please be patient I will have more post coming……..as soon as I get some much needed sleep!

1 comment:

Karla Doodlebug said...

Ohh Amy, this is a good one to start out with! What makes it so difficult is that there nails are so soft right now and they like to keep their little hands closed up so cute and tight! There are about a million "gimmacky" baby nail clippers out there. They claim to be the best solution to get the job done without cutting the little one! First let me say that if they look too big and complicated they probably are. I ended up relying on a pair of Gerber (i think) ones that have a "bulby" white handle but are regular clippies on the end.(we still use them to this day..speaking of) As an infant I would do this task while they were sleeping in my arms or otherwise very comfy and happy. Sometimes only accomplishing one or two fingers a day! I did resort to biting one here and there...mostly cause it was snagged and pokey and we were somewhere away from home! As Bailey got older I was willing to pay serious money to my sitter to do this because at home I had to hog tie her! Literally I would sit over her legs backwards and Shawn would hold her hands while I worked on her feet! But Caden was a whole different story and always just let me do what I needed to do! You will find the best way for you...and YES you will clip her precious skin at least once and your heart will bleed longer than hers!