Best Baby Nail Clippers of 2022
Best Baby Nail Clippers
April 22, 2019

Best Baby Nail Clippers

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Clipping your baby's nails can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Best Baby Nail Clippers

Can anything be more perfect than your baby’s tiny little fingers and toes? Not really!

But cutting your baby’s nails? That can be stressful. What if you nick the skin? Yet, as all new parents learn, those little suckers grow fast, sometimes requiring their first nail trim while baby is still in the hospital. If you don’t do something about the nails regularly, your little one will likely end up with a scratch across their face. Selecting the right baby nail clipper can help make sure that doesn’t happen.

Unlike one-size-fits-all adult nail clippers, baby nail clippers come in three varieties.

  • Standard nail clippers: Like yours, but in a much smaller size.
  • Baby-sized nail scissors: Good for a quick trim lean.
  • Electronic nail files: A favorite of very cautious parents.

Additional features include LED lights and magnifying glasses to help you hone in on the nails, curved edges to prevent you from cutting something you shouldn’t and spy holes to allow you to see what you cut before you start snipping.

With such a large variety of baby nail trimmers on the market, there is something for every parent and baby’s comfort level. Here are some Babylist family favorites.

How we chose our best picks

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most. We took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight to tell you about the best baby nail clippers.

Under the Spotlight

Why We Love It

First Years American Red Cross Deluxe Nail Clipper’s built-in magnifying glass lets parent zoom in on baby fingernails with four times the magnification. It’s a great option for the visually impaired or parents just wanting a closer look. The clippers are also equipped with an ergonomic handle for tighter grip and better control when clipping.

“I like the erogonomic shape.”

Keep in Mind

Some parents found the magnifying glass difficult to use with squirmy babies. Luckily, it neatly folds out of the away when not in use.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Just great clippers, perfect sharpness.” -Holly H.

“Hard to find a time that our baby is still, but these are safe and easy to use!” -Patti K.

File It Away

Why We Love It

The ZoLi BUZZ B Electric Nail Trimmer isn’t a nail clipper but an emery board on steroids. File away at those nails—no matter how squirmy your baby—with a gentle spin. The electronic nail filer comes with four different pads, color coded by age, and two power settings to make sure you have the proper level of abrasion for your child’s nails. If your pads become dull, you can order replacements. Batteries and carrying case are included.

Keep in Mind

The ZoLi doesn’t work quite as quickly as the snip options on this list—remember, it files away at the nails, and that takes time. Thus, it might not be ideal for parents or babies lacking in the patience department. The price tag also causes some parents to shy away.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I don’t have to worry about clipping my little one’s fingernails and accidentally causing harm.” -Nicole C.

The Snipper Clipper

Why We Love It

Fridababy’s NailFridda has a “spy hole” directly above the clippers that allows parents to see what they’re going to clip before they snip. Other safety features include curved, overlapping blades that help prevent nicks should your baby move after you squeezed the handle. That fear of cutting too much just went away, didn’t it?

“The absolute best.”

Keep in Mind

The SnipperClipper also comes with an S-shaped nail file to easily help file sharp corners left over from clipping.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I’m not worried about cutting my baby’s skin. It’s the perfect size” -Danielle W.

“Easy to use, and I never cut baby’s skin.” -Kristina D.

The Nighttime Trimmer

Why We Love It

If your baby is a sound sleeper, perhaps you prefer to trim their nails after they’ve fallen asleep. No problem with Safety 1st Sleepy Baby Nail Trimmer’s built-in LED light. The bright, targeted flashlight at the end of the clippers shines just enough light exactly where you need it. The clipper also has a plastic catch for discarded trimmings to help keep things tidy, and an emery board for those jagged edges.

Keep in Mind

The LED light turns on automatically when you open the clippers. If you don’t want to use the light, wait for it to time out. Also, the battery is not replaceable. Thankfully, the battery appears to have a long life. There’s also a version with a magnifying glass but no light.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I like the perfect size of the clipper. It never cuts the skin.” -J.Z.

“At first I didn’t understand why it had a light and was annoyed by it, but I very quickly realized that the light was its best feature. It also has a pretty good quality cutter, which makes the process go quickly.” -Melissa C.

Classic and Cute

Why We Love It

Piyo Piyo Nail Scissors are a great option for newborns. Their nails are super soft, and it’s easy to cut across them like you’re cutting paper. With scissors, there are no sharp edges to file down and no scary clicking noise to worry about. Piyo Piyo’s are designed with even finger loops so they work great for both lefties and righties.

“I get them for all my friends who have babies.”

Keep in Mind

Scissors and babies can sound like a dangerous mix, but Piyo Piyo’s come with a cover for safe storage when the scissors aren’t in use. If your baby should grab the nail scissors before you’ve had a chance to put them away, the tips are rounded.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Much better control than clippers—I’ve never accidentally cut either of my children.” -Mel O.

“Cute design and easiest for me to use. I tried a bunch.” -Johanna K.

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