Give Baby a Manicure?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Give Baby a Manicure?
Wed, 10-02-2013 - 10:06am

I gave my 8-month-old a manicure (sort of), and it was good enough to photograph, Instagram and then tweet. But don’t worry, I didn’t make her sit still while I applied layer upon layer of toxic polish and then force her to sit still during the drying time. I used a set of press-on nails (yup, they exist) that I got as a freebie. The whole thing -- from peeling off the sticker backing to removing the temporary nails from her fingers -- lasted just a few minutes. In that time, she giggled, tapped her fingers, picked up her rice cracker, and gently rubbed her belly, clearly enjoying all the things her fingertips could do.

Still, when I posted the picture, it was met with harsh criticism from my mom, mother-in-law and several unnamed female relatives.

I'm not sure why this made people so upset!  What do you think about it?  Would you give it a try?  At what age did you/will you begin painting your daughter's nails?

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 10-02-2013 - 5:12pm
I'd be concerned that when I wasn't looking she'd peel them off somehow and then try and eat or swallow them. I don't care for it personally, but to each their own I suppose. Mine are 4 and 6 and we'd paint their nails with the non-toxic nail polishes that are out now around the age or 2 or 3ish, but not regularly, just once in a while if we were doing our own nails (me an ODD) they would ask for us to paint their's.