Nothing can prepare you, as a new parent, for the first time you take a pair of nail clippers to your baby’s itty-bitty fingers. Especially when you’re sleep-deprived, the act feels akin to surgery. The stakes are high: Cut those nails too close and you’ll cause your sweet baby pain; leave them alone (or with a ragged edge) and your babe might cause herself pain by scratching her face. As scary as it seems, it needs to be done.
That’s why one of the best buys for a baby’s nursery is a kit with tiny nail clippers and all of the other grooming essentials parents will need. Sure, newborns barely have any hair (usually) and no teeth (hopefully), but new mamas and papas soon find out their little ones actually do need grooming as they grow. Baby grooming kits include the basic toiletries every baby requires — ranging from those miniature nail clippers and emery boards to fingertip tooth brushes (for actual teeth or just the gums!) to soft hair brushes and combs. Plus, many baby grooming kits also have a few necessary healthcare items like a thermometer, nasal aspirator and medicine dispenser, all intended for your wee family member. All of the grooming and healthcare items in these kits are packaged in convenient zippered totes or pouches so you can keep them handy at home or while on the go.
We’ve rounded up the best baby grooming kits, whether you’re a new parent yourself or shopping for a baby gift. Check out the options below… and then work up the nerve to trim those tiny fingernails!
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1. Safety 1st Deluxe 25-Piece Baby Healthcare and Grooming Kit
The Safety 1st Deluxe Healthcare and Grooming Kit contains all the baby essentials new parents need. Each kit includes: a newborn cradle cap comb; a brush with comfort grip and soft bristles; a comb with comfort grip handle; a toddler toothbrush with chunky, easy-to-hold handle; a nasal aspirator with a small flexible tip; a bottle medicine dispenser; and a 3-in-1 thermometer with protective case. A deluxe case with two easy-view compartments keeps all of those items organized and easily accessible. Plus, parents can record important phone numbers and other vital information on the included laminated card, viewable through the kit’s clear window.
2. Summer Infant Complete Nursery Care Kit
The Complete Nursery Care Kit from Summer Infant includes 21 grooming and healthcare items essential for any nursery: newborn-size nail clippers and emery boards; comb and brush; teether, gum massager and finger brush; nasal aspirator, forehead thermometer, digital thermometer, medicine syringe and pacifier medicine dispenser for when baby isn’t feeling well; and an emergency information card for quick reference to doctor’s number. A durable storage case corrals all the items so parents can keep each item convenient for use at home or on-the-go.
3. American Red Cross Deluxe Baby Health and Grooming Kit
The American Red Cross Deluxe Baby Healthcare and Grooming Kit is a robust collection of nursery items that parents or caregivers will need for baby grooming. Each set includes: a nasal aspirator, digital thermometer with case, comfort tip medicine spoon with cap, brush, comb, baby nail clipper, fingertip toothbrush, toddler toothbrush, a mirror and more — all zipped into a deluxe travel/storage tote with an easy-view window. Plus, each kit includes a baby care, wellness and safety guide.