Cutting Nails- any tips

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Registered: 05-15-2007
Cutting Nails- any tips
Tue, 02-08-2011 - 10:26am

so my three year old is refusing to let me cut his nails. and it is not like something you can do while he is having a tantrum. I've tried bribing him with treats or with tv time...but nothing has worked. I guess it is my fault. we havne't had to cut nails in while since he was biting his nails. I didn't really push the nail biting since he was doing it in bed I wouldn't catch him. So i figured I would wait it out a bit as our household has gone through some changes with out newest addition, my daughter.

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Registered: 05-12-2005
Tue, 02-08-2011 - 4:34pm
Logan went through a stage like that when he was 3. I started doing it during his nap when i was sleeping. LOL I also found if I put him in my lap facing outward and put a show on, he will normally stay still. I also use the "Oh no, your nail is broken! we better cut it before it cuts you or someone else!" and he will let me cut that nail... it could take a couple days to get through them all.. but at first it would probably be a step in the right direction.. maybe you could convince him to only 2 nails cut at a time during bedtime routine or something?

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Registered: 03-04-2008
Tue, 02-15-2011 - 9:12am
I've never had to cut my son's nails either until yesterday! His fingernails just get worn down or broken off while playing, but his toenails started getting long and I realized I had to cut them. After his bath when I had him in the floor getting dressed, I started kinda playing with his feet and talking and playing with him. I took the clippers and showed them to him, and showed him how I use them to clip my fingernails and toenails. Every time I would clip one, he'd go, "OW!" and I would laugh and say, "No, it doesn't hurt." After a few minutes he saw that it didn't hurt. Then I told him I wanted to clip HIS nails and he would get a sucker or a jelly bean when it was done. The first couple of times I tried, he got up and started to walk off, but he said he was going to get a sucker. I told him he could have the sucker only if I cut his nails. He eventually, after about 5-10 minutes of this sort of negotiating and warming up, laid down and let me clip his toenails. Thankfully he only had 3 or 4 that had to be trimmed, so I could be really quick about it and got it done before he had time to change his mind. Then he got his sucker.

That's just what worked for us. Maybe you can show him that it doesn't hurt and tell him he will get a reward when you're done.
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Registered: 12-29-2010
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 6:50am

With the cleaning the ears thing - I still think the advice is not to stick any Q tips in their ears so I clean my DS' ears with a washer (flannel) when he is in the bath. I make sure it