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How To Cut Children’s Nails – NO TEARS!


There are many ways to cut children’s nails.

Most of them involve (multiple) bribes, threats and/or physical restraint.

There’s the odd occasion when it goes almost smoothly; almost scream free. Then there’s the rest of the time.

Acclimatization – just getting on with it despite the circumstances – as long as you’re in top mental form, is quite possible.


It’s easy to believe that this is just how it’s going to be – until of course they’re safely cutting their own nails.

That being many tears away.

Bringing a glimmer of hope to this situation, dermatologists tell us they can trim their own when they’re 9 or 10!

…Does that make you hopeful?

That’s a decade!


Well, maybe you’ve had enough.

Maybe you’d like to cut your little one’s nails with no tears at all?



– Well, that’s just what we call it.

How to cut children’s nails, NO TEARS.

Three simple steps…



When you’re just starting out, you probably need to do one at a time and let them get right in there trying to pull them off afterwards. I can assure you an 18 month old is as enthralled as a 7 year old!

I sigh at myself if I cut a bit too far and finish the job… Then we talk about me trying harder on the next nail! I’ll be honest, it’s taken a bit of practice. Miss 4 was a very patient hand model. And getting 10 ”Tiger Nails” that’s a major success.


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A tear free nail cut and a tear free night 🙂


  1. What a great idea for older ones, thanks for sharing! I wish I had thought of it with my older children. I don’t think it will work with our 11 month old quite yet but a handy piece of knowledge for the future.


    • …Soon 🙂
      It’s fantastic for developing fine motor skills for your little one, actually even just touching those bits of ’sticking up nails’ fascinates them no end!

  2. Well I never would have thought of this! We’ll give it a go if/when nail cutting becomes and issue. Or rather my wife will as I am terrified to cut the tot’s nails after the time I almost chopped off his thumb.


    • Oh no! I know that feeling It’s horrible isn’t it! …It takes a little while to trust yourself again with that one.
      Good luck anyway – I hope it never becomes an issue! …But now you have a back-up plan 😉

  3. As I type this my son is sitting on my lap scratching my face with his talons… I’ll be trying this out immediately!! Thanks 🙂

  4. Hun, I MUST try this. I cut the children’s nails every single Sunday night. That’s 40 nails to cut, 80 if it is ’feet day’ too, trying to ignore the screaming, restraining one or running after the one who has managed to escape. I am pinning your fabtastic trick right this minute, and I will let you know how we get on! xxx

  5. Cutting Elsa’s nails is one of the most frustrating things ever. She will NOT sit still for it and I am always worried she is going to end up with the scissors in her eye from all the wriggling! I don’t know if she’s old enough to go for this but perhaps it’s worth a try.

    • I KNOW that feeling!! I couldn’t believe it when Mr 18 months went for the Tiger Nails …It was the beginning of a whole new bathroom experience! 😉

  6. Hi Steph, like your style! I nibbled the children’s nails when they were babies and once they were older I passed the job to my husband, who seemed to handle the task with no problem….Not sure what his secret was though!


  7. Whoo I love this idea. My youngest 2 hate having their nails done. I an=m going to try this tomorrow when I cut my daughters nails 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at the #weekendbloghop :):)

    Pinning 🙂

  8. Ooooooooh. That’s *very* clever.

    My personal method is to ’let’ my husband, who is less likely to chop the kids’ fingertips off than I am when they are struggling, do it. But I might actually venture a go at this on high days and holidays!

    • Haha! When it’s not working it’s just a nightmare!! Then someone gets scratched and you start to feel guilty enough to take on the battle!! Well, here’s to no more nail battles 🙂

    • That’s a great idea too!!
      My problem is, I have to have EXACTLY the right angle… Almost as if I’m cutting my own …Haha! I may have to work on that too 🙂

    • Thanks Nat! I hope it comes in handy …It truly is one of the Parent Hacks biting off one battle at a time & making my life that much easier 😉

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