There is no one-size-fits-all approach to child-rearing (within reason, of course). When we become mothers and fathers, we embark on a voyage of discovery for which no amount of preparation can truly prepare us.
What makes matters worse is that we live in an era where everything we do is scrutinised and frequently critiqued by someone or something. Everyone seems to have an opinion to give, and many are expressed online, making many individuals fearful of putting their foot in the wrong place.
That was not a concern for one mother, who was severely chastised for giving her infant a full manicure and then posting the results online for all to see.
According to the Daily Mail, the photos were shared on Facebook and showed the baby with long, stiletto-shaped false nails.
“I can do your babies’ nails,” she says. For more information, please send me a private message. The original poster captioned the photographs with the phrase “cheap rates”.
Now, as others have, we must point out that the photographs of the baby’s hands could have been Photoshopped, but that doesn’t mean people won’t try to mimic this dangerous ‘trend’ for real.
The photographs quickly made their way to Twitter, where many individuals expressed concern about the dangers of giving newborn babies nails like the ones shown in the photo.
“I could understand painting a baby’s nails, but giving them fake ones?” one tweeted. It’s far too risky! They are continually stroking their faces, which may cause serious harm to their eyes. It’s best to hold off till they’re much older.”
“No, no, no,” said another. Because a baby’s nail is so thin, it may be damaged later in life. And it’s simply plain foolish.”
“Especially like the ones pictured,” a third added, “why would you want sharp items in your baby’s mouth that they might swallow?” It’s just a No.
There were, however, people who pointed out that an uninformed newborn could quickly jab oneself in the eye with such nails, causing injury.
We strongly discourage you from using false nails on your child’s fingers.
You have the right to do what you think is best for your child as a mother or father, but it’s always crucial to remember that their safety should always come first.
What are your thoughts on the images above? Is it appropriate for a baby to have such ridiculously long nails? Let us know what you think in the comments section.