I love having a little girl. And while being a mom to a daughter isn’t about playing dress-up with a little miniature doll, I can’t deny that I do enjoy that part about it. It’s also fun now that my daughter is getting a little bit older and is starting to show interest in such things. Often during the day she’ll bring me a certain pair of pants that she wants to put on, or a necklace of mine. She has also taken to bringing me bottles of nail polish to put on after she’s seen me paint my own nails. I was a little hesitant at first, because I didn’t think I would be able to pain the nails of such a wiggly, little being, but it was actually much easier than I thought.
After seeing a few photos I shared on my Instagram, I’ve had questions from other moms asking me how I managed to paint her nails, so I thought I’d share a few tips to help make your mini manicure easy breezy!
Mini Manicures: 5 Tips For Painting Your Little One’s Nails 1 of 6
Choose a kid-friendly polish 2 of 6
There are definitely completely non-toxic formulas of nail polish out there made just for kids, but when I paint my daughter's nails I just use the polishes I already have that are 3-free, like this one from Butter London that I used while I was pregnant. Aside from considering the chemicals in the nail polish, it is important to choose a forgiving shade that will leave room for mistakes and smudges. A pale pink or a light metallic like this are good options.
Utilize a high chair 3 of 6
A high chair is your best friend when you're painting the nails of a tiny person in order to keep them in one place. Make sure they are safely buckled in to avoid any mishaps.
Have distractions at-the-ready 4 of 6
Toddlers are a wiggly bunch and as such require distractions in order to keep them sitting still for more than 1.8 seconds. I like to give Fern this musical toy that has photos. She loves the thing and it keeps her other hand busy while I paint her tiny fingers.
Sing and talk 5 of 6
Singing is the ultimate finger nail painting distraction. You could even turn on music if you wanted to provide even more distraction. Also, talking to your little one about what your doing will keep them engaged and interested in the activity. Works like a charm for us.
Do the ice water dip 6 of 6
After all the nails on one hand are painted make a silly production about blowing on your child's nails. They seem to think it's funny. Then, dip their fingers in a glass of ice water for a few seconds to set the polish. Fern liked this part best. Then you're done! 5 simple steps to sweetly painted little nails!
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble. More from Lauren: