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Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5
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Your newborn has soft nails. As your baby gets older, the nails dry out. This means your baby can scratch herself.
Your baby's naptime is a great time to clip finger or toenails.
When your baby is a few days old, use an emery board to smooth out rough edges.
After a few weeks, use a small nail clipper or scissors.
First published: 02/01/2010
Last updated: 02/01/2010
Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Medical Clinic - Coon Rapids