Do You Paint Your Baby's Nails?

Amy Jo Jones

nail polish on child bubblesI confess that I take my sons to the fancy haircut "salon." The kind where they get to watch a video, sit in a chair that looks like a firetruck, and where I shell out a bunch of money for what the barbershop can do for half the price. But I only have to deal with half the screaming, so it all works out.

Having a baby boy, I never paid much attention to the glittery counter in the back of the salon. When I asked what it was for, I was told it was for manicures. I looked around and noticed most of the clientele was under 2 and wondered -- is this a trend? Do you paint your baby's nails?

There seems to be a wide variety of opinions around about whether or not painting a baby's nails is a good idea.

The most compelling argument against painting baby nails is the one that's based on the safety factor. Nail polish (and nail polish removers) can contain chemicals and hazardous ingredients. Considering how babies constantly have their hands in their mouths, most agree that you should not paint a baby's fingernails.

Now toenails are different -- some people feel it's perfectly fine to paint a baby's toenails since they're not as likely to wind up in a baby's mouth. That may be true, but what about exposing a baby to the fumes that come from nail polish? Not good, right?

But if you absolutely feel you need to paint your baby's nails, you can look for a non-toxic polish like Piggy Paint, which is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate, and acetone. It's also odorless so you don't need to worry about fumes.

If I did have girls, I still don't think I'd do it. I can barely keep my kid's shoes on, much less worry about chipped toenails, but I don't know, what do you think?

Do you or would you paint your baby's nails?


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