Silly Nail Cutting Trick for Toddlers

Do you struggle to get your toddler to sit still long enough so you can cut their nails? For a while my girls happily let me snip away. Maybe it was the novelty of nail cutting or maybe they just hit a defiant stage but it suddenly became a battle. If you’ve had enough of battling everything from nappy changing to putting shoes in, I feel your pain. Luckily, I stumbled upon a crazy solution which works a charm with my pair.

Enter Mr Snippy

Nail cutting trick

I’m not quite sure a) how he got the name or b) where the personifications of a regular looking pair of toddler nail scissors came from but it works. Whenever I notice their talons are growing to the point that they could gouge eyes, I ask whether we should wake up Mr Snippy. He lives in the top drawer of the sideboard in our lounge and sleeps a lot.

Mr Snippy's home

And the award for nail cutting goes to….

When I reach in to get him, my girls look so excited as if I’m about to bring out a favourite toy. Sometimes I can’t help but laugh. Mummy goes into Oscar winning actress mode… “wake up Mr Snippy, Jess and Emily need you.” I gently cradle him in my hands and bring him over to the eagerly awaiting girls.

At first they just want to touch and wake him. (Remember these are just toddler nail scissors). I’m fully in role…”be gentle he’s just woken up”. Then he starts to talk. I wish I could say that my ventriquist skills are prize winning but they’re not. Not even close. In fact I barely even try and conceal the fact it’s me talking…”I’m hungry” he whimpers. The girls giggle.

This is the magic bit. My Snippy is hungry and want to eat nails. Nothing else will do. The finger nails are dinner and toe nails dessert. Utterly rediculous and goodness know why they lap it up but they do. They even guilt each other into getting their nails cut. “Mr Snippy will be hungry. You have to let him eat them”. Of course there is also lots of yummy noises and mmmmming to really finish of the show.

So there you have it. A silly trick that works at least for now. I started this when they’d just turned two and at nearly three they are still fully on board with the charade. I’d like to think they realise Mummy is just being silly and play along but who knows. Do you have any silly tricks to win these daily parenting battles?

Next week – how we convince them to let us brush their teeth.

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29 thoughts on “Silly Nail Cutting Trick for Toddlers

  1. Haha, love this! Great tip, cutting nails is the worst and they seem to grow too long every two days! Xx #postsfromtheheart

    1. Most probably…maybe it worked as I started when they were a bit younger. Now they are probably just playing along.

  2. Going to have to try this, I try to do my sons while he’s asleep #postsfromtheheart

    1. I’d seen this tip but never actually tried it…always too scared I’d wake them.

  3. When my son was a toddler, he once had a nail that had been caught on some clothing so needed cutting off, he screamed blue murder and wouldn’t let me near it, then I took him to a play group and he went straight to the organiser and asked her to cut the nail!#truiamphanttales@_karendennis

  4. ill be honest im scared of using any sort of nail cutting device on logi, he much prefers me to bite his nails, he actually laughs when i do #TriumphantTales

    1. I did that when they were babies but think their nails are a bit tougher now. Not sure I’d be able to much through them now lol

  5. This is brilliant! I might have to give it a try. My 3 year old is fine with his finger nails being cut but toe nails – he screams. Literally screams his head off. I can’t help but laugh because he screams before I touch him. Kids! #TriumphantTales

  6. This is brilliant! I need a Mr Snippy in my house. My Mum is the only one who Little Man lets near his toenails!! Thanks for joining us at #TriumphantTales – hope to see you again Tuesday! 🙂

  7. Love this what a great idea can’t wait to see how you get the teeth brushed Thank you for linking to #ThatFridayLinky Please come back next week

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