Best Baby Nail Clippers of 2020
Safety 1st Light Zoom Nail Clippers are the creme de la creme of baby nail trimmers with a useful light and accurate magnifying glass that brings the action of little nails in focus and illuminates them so you can see what you're doing. The only way nail trimming could be more natural is if you didn't have to do it. We like the simplicity of the design, the familiarity of the functional components, and the usefulness of the features that make clipping a breeze.
These baby nail trimmers might be on the small side for bigger hands, and we wonder how well they will work for those who need reading glasses to see things up close. Overall, however, these clippers are the best in the bunch giving parents a closeup view with handy light, so there is less risk of cutting the nail too closely or missing it altogether. Most families will appreciate these clippers.
The The First Years American Red Cross Deluxe Nail Clipper is a cheaper light-free version of the Zoom Light. These traditional clippers fold up small and expand when you're ready to do some clipping. We like the larger pressure pedal and the quick clip action and the ability to enlarge the view of the nail. The price is also a winner with the lowest price in the group.
This clipper feels cheap, and it may not be something you can use through multiple babies. Also, the magnifying glass is slightly iffy with less clarity than some of the competition magnifiers. That aside, the glass will get you a better view, and while you won't be reading by it, it can prevent you from accidentally cutting too close to the finger. If your budget is tight and you want the job done with a little extra help, this clipper is the one for you.
Easy Grip Nail Scissors is a fresh take on an old favorite. If scissors are the style you prefer, but the tiny little grip handles have you befuddled, you'll love the unique easy to grip handle on these baby nail trimmers. The scissors are sharp and cut tiny nails well. They won't master a full-grown man or acrylic option, but that isn't what they are designed for. They are good at their job with no muss and no fuss with better visibility than what you can get using traditional clippers. They are excellent quality, and on par with the attention to detail, we've come to expect from Frida products.
These scissors have a learning curve as it doesn't feel natural to squeeze the handle to move the blades. It isn't challenging, but it won't feel right for a while. Overall, these scissors are some of the best we've seen, and we think most parents will love how quickly they get the job done.
The YIVEKO Baby Nail Kit is an adorable little manicure kit with several parts and pieces. It includes clippers, scissors, a file, and more, which can be useful if you don't feel comfortable with one style of trimmer you can give a different one a go. We like the cute little animal carrying case, and the components feel like they will last through a few kiddos without breaking a sweat.
Unfortunately, often when a product tries to do everything or be everything to all people, it doesn't do everything well. We worry these scissors are too small for most grownups and that the traditional clippers are not as sharp as we'd prefer. Also, the file is a glass style file that isn't as effective as those with more of a sandpaper feel. Despite this, we think many parents will like the idea of options and the cute hideaway storage of this product that gets the job done, even if it isn't the top of the line.
The Baby Electric Manicure Set is a battery-operated handheld device that uses different disk types to file and buff little nails down without the need for cutting. The kit comes in a carry case that holds all the parts and includes multiple disks. It also comes with a small nail clipper. This might be an interesting option for parents so nervous about accidentally hurting their baby that they will try anything but cutting products.
This device seems like more hassle than its worth. Ours didn't come with instructions, and the device, which resembles a mini Dremel tool in form and function, doesn't spin fast enough to be truly helpful and could cause pain through vibration or snagging on the nail tip or fingertip. Also, it can take longer than a frustrated or squirming baby will tolerate. With clippers or scissors, the process is less than a couple of minutes, and while you might leave sharp corners behind that could still be preferable than several minutes per finger and an annoyed baby and parent.
If you want a high-quality clipper with magnifier, then look no further than the Safety 1st Clear View Nail Clipper. This baby nail trimmer is easy to use and a new take on a familiar favorite. The clippers cut well and are easy to use. The magnifier is good and doesn't distort as much as some other contenders.
This clipper doesn't have a light, and for a similar price, you can get the same setup with a light by choosing a different option. Also, this style of clipper and handle can be challenging for those with larger hands or thicker fingers. Overall, if you're looking for a good clipper that cuts well and gives you a little better view, then this is the one you've been searching for.
The Snipper Clipper Set is a basic clipper from Frida. It is a sturdy, high-quality option that is straightforward with simple styling and a clean cutting edge. These clippers come with a curved nail file that is perfect for little baby nails, and they do a great job at rounding the edges, so no sharp corners are left behind.
The clippers are smaller and almost feel too small for even petite hands. They work well but could be hard to hold while managing a tiny baby hand or a potential crying situation. Also, it lacks a magnifying glass,s which, while not a deal-breaker, could be one if you want the reassurance of seeing this "up close." If you are looking for basic clippers and are familiar with the tiny design, these trimmers cut well and will last through many siblings or work as a hand-me-down for cousins.
Performing much like similar competitors, the Safety 1st Steady Grip are traditional clippers in both looks and feel, but they have a more substantial grip that can make holding and using them more comfortable. We like the design and think for some parents it can actually be a godsend and be the difference between constant fumbling and swift trimming.
The handle on this is an easy grip, but it is large and cumbersome, and we think some parents will struggle to hold it and get a good look at the tiny nail they are poised to trim. However, if you have a larger hand and can't manage the tiny size of traditional baby trimmers, this could be a good one to try.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our Senior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz, led the baby nail trimmer review. Wendy is a BabyGearLab longterm writer and tester as well as a mother of 2. When Wendy's babies were small and new, she was so nervous about nail trimming, she just didn't do it! Luckily, there are so many unique and mistake-free options on the market, that you don't need to be as reluctant as Wendy. Wendy has been testing baby gear since 2014 and focused on finding nail trimming products that even the most nervous parent could successfully use. She selected and tested each nail product hands-on to find the best trimmers of 2020.
Analysis and Test Results
We purchased 8 impressive trimmers for a side-by-side shoot out to find the best baby nail trimmers of 2020. We tested each style of trimmer for ease of use, cutting ability, and overall quality to provide you with the information you need to find the right trimmers for your baby.
Easy of Use
If you are already nervous about clipping your little one's nails, the last thing you need is a product that makes the whole process even more difficult. What you need is a straightforward option that is easy to hold, easy to clip, and works as it should.
In this lineup, only the Manicure Set is challenging with different parts, and pieces that need assembly before use and there are no instructions with the product, so it is challenging to know which parts do what and how exactly you are supposed to use this system on your newborn. The Manicure Set resembles a small Dremel tool with some files and buffer disks that allow you to trim little nails without using any kind of cutting device. While we can see how this would be appealing to nervous parents, we think it takes a lot of effort and a significant learning curve. You could use traditional clippers and be done trimming in less than 2 minutes, or you can futz around with this tiny Dremel and 10 minutes in still be filing the nails of an annoyed and squirming baby. Depending on your hand size, some o the competition can also be harder to use. The bigger clippers of the Safety 1st Steady Grip make the product hard to grip for smaller hands, while the small design of the The Snipper Clipper Set can be challenging for larger hands.
While the Easy Grip Nail Scissors have a learning curve, as they are strange and not the typical style of scissors, once you have it, they are very easy to use, and the design keeps the clippers big hands out of the way so you can better see the tiny nail you're trying to cut. These are one of our favorites when it comes to ease of use. The Safety 1st Light Zoom Nail Clippers are also really easy to use, and for parents paranoid about cutting their little one, these have a lot to offer to avoid this. This trimmer has a magnifying glass and a light so you can see what you are doing close up and well-lit, something the competition can't boast. This is a large part of how these became our favorite and Editors' Choice winner. The American Red Cross Deluxe Nail Clipper and the Safety 1st Clear View Nail Clipper both also have a useful magnifier but no light.
Not all of the trimmers are actually good at their job. While many online reviewers remark that some contender can't cut adult nails and are therefore useless, baby nails are much thinner and far easier to trim than a grown adult's nails. Testing on yourself is not a great measure of how well any of the products will work on babies and children.
The majority of the traditional nail trimmers cut well with one clip and no dangling nail parts left behind. The Snipper Clipper Set, in particular, has sharp edges and cuts very cleanly. The Easy Grip Nail Scissors also trim swiftly with no bending or peeling. Most of the failings in this group resulted from user error as opposed to product problems, with some testers failing to press hard enough on the device for a clean-cut and instead ended up with bent nails. The Manicure Set doesn't have any kind of cutting tool, and we think that the files will quickly wear down, necessitating the purchase of replacement files. It also takes time to file the nail down to the desired length, and we think most little ones will grow squirmy and frustrated during the process, which can limit the ability of the product to trim nails effectively. The Safety 1st Light Zoom Nail Clippers cuts nails cleaning with a sharp blade akin to that of adult trimmers. The scissors in the YIVEKO Baby Nail Kit did not wor as effectively as the clippers in that set, but both are small, and we suspect parents with larger hands or thicker fingers are going to struggle to use both devices effectively.
Most of the products lack a certain level of quality, but then again, most of them are relatively inexpensive and have a limited shelf-life of use. While this kind of product may not need to be high quality, that doesn't mean they can't strive to be high enough quality to get the job done well and without compromise.
The Frida products both look and feel higher quality than the competition; this includes the The Snipper Clipper Set and the Easy Grip Nail Scissors. Both have better metal components and sharp edges with better packaging and presentation overall. The Safety 1st Light Zoom Nail Clippers may not seem like much given the packaging, but the product itself is solid with no sharp plastic edges or manufacturing inconsistencies. The magnifying glass is not distorted, and the light is bright and focused where it needs to be helpful. The American Red Cross Deluxe Nail Clipper is the worst quality-wise in the group with a magnifier that is somewhat distorted and plastic parts that feel flimsy and like they might fall off with regular use.
Many parents worry about their baby's first nail trimming. Their nails are so small and so close to their little fingers, it can make even the toughest parents nervous about nail clipping. Finding the right nail trimmers can make the experience easier and less risky resulting in peace of mind and fewer self-inflicted scratches to your little one's face.
— Wendy Schmitz