Your 2-Week-Old Baby

Tips for clipping those tiny nails, giving your first bath and recovering from birth.

Baby’s World
You may have noticed your baby sometimes startles and spreads their arms out wide. This is called the Moro reflex. It happens when babies feel like they are falling—even if they are just being set down for bed. This can also happen in their sleep and make them wake themselves up. What can you do? Swaddling helps the baby feel cocooned, and if they do startle, they will be less likely to wake themselves up. This reflex will last until baby is three or four months old.

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How can you tell if your baby is hungry? Even before your baby starts crying their head off, they will start exhibiting feeding cues. First they start licking their lips and even turning their head and opening their mouth (aka rooting). Then they put their hands in their mouth and start fidgeting before finally starting to scream.

The Dunstan Baby Language is a deeper theory of baby communication that includes five distinct baby cries that correlate to different underlying problems like hunger, sleepiness or gassy bellies. Curious? The inventor was on Oprah and can explain it best.

Recovery from Birth

It’s completely normal if it’s still not all copacetic down there yet. No matter how your baby met the world, you may still be bleeding and have soreness in places you didn’t know existed. Stay hydrated and try high-fiber foods to keep yourself regular(-ish), and if it still hurts to poop, talk to your doctor about a stool softener.

If you had a vaginal birth, try a peri bottle or sitz bath to relieve the soreness in your perineum.

If you had a C-section, you may be on pain medication for a week or two. (Make sure to keep taking your stool softener while you are on it because the meds slow down your digestion.) Try an abdominal binder to help support your abdomen muscles, and remember to keep your incision area clean with mild and soap and water. Here are more tips if you still have bandages on or are figuring out how to deal with your Steri-Strips.

This will all pass! Your body will heal, and remember to talk to your doctor if you feel like something’s not quite right.

Keep ‘Em Clean

For the first few weeks, sponge baths are ideal because you need to keep the umbilical cord and area around it clean and dry. If it hasn’t already, your baby’s umbilical cord will fall off soon.

So now—bath time! It’s not nearly as fun with newborns as it is with older babies who really enjoy the water. Newborns are very sensitive to water temperature, and they can be slippery little buggers, too.

The good thing is you don’t have to do it that often. One to three times a week is fine. In fact, bathing them too often could dry out their skin.

How to do it? Since newborns are so tiny, many parents prefer to bathe them in the sink. There are some bathtubs that are just sink inserts to make this easier. You can also pad the bottom of the sink with a folded towel to soften and secure the babe. Make sure the water is warm, but not hot and check it with your hand.

The baby only needs to be submerged a couple of inches, and you can use some Tupperware to pour water over their shoulders.

Wash their face first and then move to their hands and feet (and those cute little toes), working your way toward the dirtiest parts last. Babies at this age don’t really need soap or shampoo. Too much can dry out their skin, so use it sparingly.

Have a towel ready when you take them out because a wet baby is a cold baby. Pat them down and make sure they completely dry before diapering and dressing.

It’s not just you: cutting baby nails is really hard and nerve-wracking. They also grow so fast, and since babies are about as coordinated as a bumbling giraffe, they scratch themselves all the time.

So how do you do it? Carefully. Kidding aside, here are quick tips:

  • Grab a wingman. (It’s really helpful to have four hands to keep the baby from getting too wiggly.)

  • Pick a time when your baby is calm, feeding or even asleep.

  • Make sure the room is well lit.

  • Go slowly. You don’t need to feel rushed.

  • Distract. Try a favorite song or rattling toy. With older babies, some parents resort to a little screen time. Hello, Peppa Pig.

  • Pull the bottom of the finger back to give yourself more room to trim.

  • After you’ve trimmed, file away the sharp edges.

Of course, at some point you might nick their skin. They will cry, but it’s not a big deal. Apply pressure to stop the bleeding, take a deep breath and proceed.

Are there tools to help? Yes, but it’s still hard. There are lots of options for baby nail clippers!

Best Baby Nail Clippers

Cutting your baby's nails can be stressful, but these clippers can help take some of the worry away.

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 Babyplaystore family favorites.

How we chose our best picks

We asked thousands of real Babyplaystore 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.

1.The Nail Clipper with Magnifier (Multicolor)
Why We Love It

The Nail Clipper with Magnifier 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.

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.

2.BUZZ B Electric Nail Trimmer

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.

NailFrida the SnipperClipper Set by Fridababy

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?

Keep in Mind

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

Safety 1st Sleepy Baby Nail Clipper

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.

LuvLap Baby Grooming Scissors & Nail Clipper Set/Kit, Manicure Set

Why We Love It

LuvLap Baby Grooming 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. LuvLap’s are designed with even finger loops so they work great for both lefties and righties.

Keep in Mind

Scissors and babies can sound like a dangerous mix, but LuvLap’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.