Zinc oxide “highlights” where to trim tiny fingernails

Another brilliant hack from Andi:

If you have difficulty seeing where to cut when trimming your baby or toddler’s nails (They’re so thin that they can be almost transparent) you can spread a little zinc oxide diaper rash cream on your palm and then “scratch” with the baby’s fingers to get a little under their nails. This will highlight the area to be trimmed. You can also use a little corn starch or baby powder the same way if you don’t have diaper cream available.

Related: Cut baby’s fingernails while she’s in a front carrier


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  1. says

    This is a really great idea, I will have to try it. My husband, the self-proclaimed “detail guy”, is a much better baby manicurist than I am; I leave the nails too long and my son scratches himself up.

    Does anyone have a favorite clipper or scissors tool for this delicate work?

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