There are those who claim that newborn babies cannot have their nails cut because they will grow less vigorously later. However, the truth is that there is no scientific study that indicates that it is harmful to cut the nails of babies, quite the opposite.

Some babies are born with very long nails, especially when their due date is late. In those cases, not cutting your nails will cause your hands to end up scratching your face. Therefore, while it is true that baby nails are very soft at birth and care is necessary, you can cut them if they protrude too much from the edge of the finger.

In addition, it is not advisable to always keep the baby with mittens to prevent scratching. The mittens should be reserved for the cold or while you sleep, but the rest of the time it is preferable to leave your hands free.

What should you know before cutting your baby’s nails?

Baby nails are usually very soft, and they are very tight to the fingers, so until you get a little practice, it will be difficult to cut them. This is because your baby has just come out of a liquid environment, so his nails are very soft, brittle and brittle, just like we are when we take a very long bath. From about the third week of life, nails begin to harden and become more resistant.

On the other hand, the uncontrolled movements of your baby’s hands will not make the task easier either. Therefore, the ideal is to cut his nails when he is more relaxed or even while sleeping, but you must be careful because if he wakes up and makes a sudden movement you can accidentally cut him. After bathing, babies tend to be very calm, but consider that as they grow older, you should incorporate this practice into their hygiene routine so that later on they do not fear this moment.

How to cut his nails?

You can use small scissors, or a special baby nail clipper, which have rounded tips and reduce the risk of cutting. You must cut paying special attention to the ends since there are no irregularities that could later cause scratches.

Ideally, the nail should be just a little above the edge of the skin and not perfectly follow the rounded line of the finger because in this way you prevent ingrown toenails, which occur because the skin of babies is very fine and helps the nails sink into the flesh when they grow.

To make sure that they have been well, you can pass a gauze and see that no part adheres to the nail. This step is important because baby nails should not be filed since they are not yet hard enough.

How often should you cut his nails?

Every baby is different, so not everyone needs to have their nails trimmed as often. As a rule, you can clip her fingernails once a week and her toenails once a month since they grow more slowly.

A father (or mother) who screams will have screaming children, a father who hits will have a bully son, a respectful father will have a son who knows how to respect, a father who uses empathy to communicate will have an empathetic son and so on. we could go on the list till the end of days.

At what age does he begin to imitate

Children are the most sincere reflection of their parents, that is why their behaviors are the replica of both you and your partner. It is from the age of two or so when a child begins to imitate what their parents do (in terms of activities or behaviors) and from here on, a model will be created in the child.

They can imitate how you scrub the floor, how you talk on the phone, the way you eat, the way you communicate with others, etc. You may notice how your child mimics your behavior when he is playing with other children or with his own siblings.

Why do children imitate

They learn through the sight and actions of others. The fathers of children are role models so that when they grow up they will be adults very similar to their parents. When children imitate it is not only child’s play, it is the way they build their identity as they grow.

Children learn to behave well, to speak in public, to treat their parents (as they see their parents treat their grandparents), they learn conversation skills, the attitude towards life, the way to deal with problems …

Everything They learn this through the daily example they see in their parents. They are the best role model for them, be it for better … or for worse.

They have a better understanding of reality

Children little by little become more aware that when they grow up they will stop being boys or girls, which is why they try to follow in their parents’ footsteps almost innately. Children copy their parents’ clothing style, express themselves in similar ways, say the same words or phrases, show the same attitudes, etc.

When a child learns bad behavior from their parents, it will be very difficult for them to unlearn later. For this reason, it is very important that parents become aware of their actions, their behaviors, the way they talk with themselves and with others … Because there are small eyes that look at them carefully and silently, learning everything what they see and then reproduce it again.

If you are a father or mother of young children, watch your behavior well because your children will be your reflection in the future. They will be what you are now, they will learn not only from your words but also from your actions. You are his everything and also his greatest example. The most important and strongest example that exists for your hearts. If you think at any time that you need guidance to improve your behavior, do not hesitate to go to a professional.