One of the hardest parts of motherhood, for me at least, has always been trying to cut the nails of a squirming baby who seems intent on having a finger cut off.
Baby scissors, although cuter looking than standard nail scissors, still resemble a weapon when holding your wriggly bundle of joy. I try and avoid cutting Benjamin’s nails as much as possible, but when his favourite game is grabbing onto any available skin and digging his nails in, the task can’t be put off forever.
When I came across Baby Nails, I was intrigued. An alternative to using nail scissors sounded like the solution for us and I was more than happy to have one of their standard packs sent to us to review.
The mixed pack contains three sets of 5 disposable nail files which are suitable for newborn, 3 months and 6 months, as well as the ‘Thumble’, which you slot over your thumb to file the nails one-handed. The set retails at £7.49 with replacement files costing £3.49 for a pack of 15 nail files or a bumper pack with double the amount of files plus the thumble costing £9.99. There are also sets with files for just one age range.
We read through the simple instructions and set about filing down Benjamin’s little (but lethal) nails. Although the premise is simple, I did feel it took a few attempts for me to get the hang of how to file the nails, and it wasn’t as quick as I thought it would be, taking a while to get the nails down to the level they would have been if I had of cut them.
Having said this, other than when he decided he wanted the Thumble for himself, Benjamin was quite happy playing or feeding or watching cartoons, which isn’t the case when we attempt to cut his nails usually. After I had finished filing his nails, he was quite happy to continue playing and our skin was safe from his little claws once again.
It was definitely less stressful an experience than usual, although like I mentioned, it took a little bit of trial and error to work it out and I would say that perhaps we missed the boat a little on this one? Benjamin is now almost 8 months and I think the product would be better suited for newborn to 6 months, before babies start getting into everything and wanting what you have for their own.
The mixed set is more economical if you get it from birth, with two out of three of the files being for younger babies. This is easily remedied by purchasing the correct set for your babies age.
I would recommend the baby nails hands-free nail care set if you’re struggling with scissors, but I would suggest the mixed set is best for new parents, and a perfect addition to that baby shower gift!
We were sent the standard mix set for the purpose of this review, however all opinions and photos are my own.