Are you nervous about cutting your baby's nails? We were too! We purchased and tested the top 8 baby nail clippers available today to find the best options for making nail trims a walk in the park. Our side-by-side testing of the competition included how easy each was to use, the ability to cut, and general quality so we could provide you with the details you need to find the right nail trimmers for you and your skill level. So whether you're new to the baby nail scene or this is your fourth little one, we've got a nail clipper for you.Editor's Note: We update this nail trimmer review on April 21, 2022, with an assessment of the available products and potential compelling products on the horizon.
Our Top Picks
The Safety 1st Light Zoom Nail Clippers are top-of-the-line baby nail clippers with a useful light and clear magnifying glass that brings tiny nails in focus and illuminates them to see what you're doing and avoid accidentally cutting more than you intend. The only way nail clipping could be easier is if you didn't have to do it. We love the simplicity of the design, the familiarity of the functional components, and the usefulness of the combined features that make clipping smooth sailing.
These nail clippers are smaller, which could be problematic for anyone with bigger hands. However, baby nails are small, and the product size suits the application. Overall, in our tests, these nail trimmers are the best in the bunch offering parents a close-up view of tiny nails with a handy light to reduce the risk of accidentally cutting the nail too closely. We think most families will appreciate the valuable features of these clippers and the simplicity they provide.
The First Years American Red Cross Deluxe Nail Clipper is a less expensive, light-free version of the Light Zoom in our number one slot. These traditional clippers fold small and expand when in use. We appreciate the larger pressure pad on these clippers, the quick clip response, and the enlarged nail view provided by the magnifier. The price of this product is also a bonus, with one of the lowest prices in the lineup.
This clipper feels somewhat flimsy, and it may not last for the long haul through multiple children. Also, the magnifying glass isn't very clear compared to the competing clippers that include magnifiers. Despite this, the magnifier does offer a closer view, and while you won't be using it for reading, it can help prevent you from accidentally cutting the nail too close or causing an injury. If your budget is tight, but you still want a little extra help seeing the finer details, this trimmer is one to consider.
The Easy Grip Nail Scissors is a unique and fresh take on an old favorite. If scissors are the style you're looking for, but smaller handles leave you wanting, you'll love the easy-to-grip squeeze handle on these nail clippers. 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 better visibility than what you might get using traditional clippers. They are of excellent quality and on par with the attention to detail we've come to expect from Frida.
These scissors have a learning curve as they don't feel natural to squeeze the handle to move the blades when you're first learning to use them. It isn't tricky, but not intuitive either. Overall, these tiny scissors are some of the best we've seen, and we think most parents will love how smoothly and swiftly they get the job done.
The YIVEKO Baby Nail Kit is a cute little manicure kit with multiple parts. The kit includes clippers, scissors, a file, and more, which can be helpful if you don't feel comfortable with one style of trimmer. We like the adorable animal carrying case, and the components feel like they will last through a few kiddos without breaking a sweat.
Unfortunately, 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 design. Despite this, we think some parents will enjoy having various options and the cute hideaway storage that gets the job done, even if it isn't top quality.
The Baby Electric Manicure Set is a battery-operated product that uses different disk types to file and buff tiny nails down without cutting. The kit includes a small case to hold the parts and multiple disks. It also comes with a traditional small nail clipper. This set could be a potential choice for parents so worried about accidentally hurting their little one that they will try just about anything but cutting products.
This product seems like more hassle than it's 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 useful and could cause pain through vibration or snagging on the nail tip or fingertip. Also, it takes longer to adequately affect nail length, which could be a problem if your baby is frustrated or squirming. With clippers or scissors, the process can be swift, and while you might leave sharp corners behind, that is likely preferable to several minutes per finger and an annoyed baby and parent.
If you want a high-quality clipper with a magnifier, then the Safety 1st Clear View Nail Clipper is one you should consider. This baby nail clipper is easy to use and somewhat of a new take on a familiar favorite. They cut well and are easy to use with a design that parents will find instantly familiar. The magnifier is good and didn't distort the nail image as much as some competitors.
This clipper doesn't have a light, and for a similar price, you can get the same setup that includes a light by choosing a different option. So if you find a brighter light helpful, it might not be the right option for you. Also, this style of clipper and handle can be challenging for those with larger hands or thicker fingers to use without fumbling somewhat. 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 want.
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 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 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 small design, these trimmers cut well and last through many siblings or work as a hand-me-down for others.
Performing much like similar competitors, the Safety 1st Steady Grip are traditional clippers in both looks and feel. Still, they have a more substantial grip to make holding and using them more comfortable. We like the design and think it can be a godsend for some parents and the difference between constant fumbling and fast trimming.
The handle on this is a comfortable 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 larger hands and can't manage the small 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 long-term writer and tester and a mother of 2. When Wendy's babies were small and new, she was very 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 available.
Analysis and Test Results
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.
Ease 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. Therefore, we consider a straightforward trimmer that is easy to hold, easy to clip, and works as the best tool for the trimming task.
In this lineup, only the Manicure Set is challenging to use with pieces that need assembly before use, and there are no instructions, so it is challenging to know which parts do what and how exactly you are supposed to use this system on your newborn. If manicures are your routine go-to, you'll likely understand what all the parts are for, but some instructions would have been helpful for others. The Manicure Set resembles a small Dremel tool with some files and buffer disks that allow you to trim little nails without using any cutting device. While we can see how this would appeal to nervous parents, we think it takes a lot of effort and a significant learning curve. You could use traditional clippers and complete the job 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 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 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 effortless 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. This trimmer is 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 to see what you are doing close up and is well-lit, something the competition can't boast. These features are a large part of why these became our favorite. The American Red Cross Deluxe Nail Clipper and the Safety 1st Clear View Nail Clipper also have a helpful magnifier, but neither offers the helpful spotlight like the one found on the Zoom.
Surprisingly, not all of the trimmers work well for their intended purpose. While many users remark that some contenders can't cut adult nails and are useless, baby nails are significantly thinner and far different to trim than a grown adult's nails. This means testing on yourself is not an accurate measure of how well any of the products will work on babies or children, so put your talons away.
In this review, most of the traditional nail trimmers cut baby nails with one clip, leaving no dangling nail parts 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, even of thin infant nails. Most of the problems we experienced resulted from user error instead of product inadequacies, with some 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 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 constant agitation of the file could create more trouble than it is worth. The Safety 1st Light Zoom Nail Clippers cuts nails cleaning with a sharp blade akin to adult trimmers. The scissors in the YIVEKO Baby Nail Kit did not work as effectively as the clippers in that set, but both are small, and we suspect parents with larger hands, or thicker fingers will struggle to use these devices effectively.
Most of the products lacked a certain level of quality in our tests, but most are also relatively inexpensive with a limited period of use. While baby trimmers may not require high quality, that doesn't mean they shouldn't strive to be good enough to get the job done without compromise. We feel confident that even the lowest quality option in our lineup will survive babyhood and the period of life where it is useful.
The Frida products look and feel higher quality than most of the competition; this includes The Snipper Clipper Set and the Easy Grip Nail Scissors. Both options have better metal components and sharp edges with better packaging. The presentation alone makes you feel like you've bought something special. The Safety 1st Light Zoom Nail Clippers may not seem like much given the packaging, but the product is solid with no sharp plastic edges or manufacturing defects. The magnifying glass doesn't distort, and the light is bright and focused directly on the nail for maximum usefulness. The American Red Cross Deluxe Nail Clipper has the lowest quality in the group, with a somewhat distorted magnifier and plastic parts that feel flimsy and like they might fall off. The plastic has rougher edges as if it came out of the mold wonky, and it fits together like a child's toy. However, it gets the job done and makes trimming easier, even if the magnifier is sub-par.
It is common for parents to worry or fret about their first baby nail trim, partly because nails are so tiny and often close to their little fingers, which can make even the bravest parent nervous about nail clipping and accidental cutting. What if I hurt them? What if I accidentally cut too close? Selecting the right nail trimmers can make the experience easier and less risky, creating peace of mind and fewer self-inflicted face scratches. Our complete review includes the details and best products to help make nail trimming anxiety a distant memory.
— Wendy Schmitz
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