Best Baby Nail File

by Donna Fogarty |

Baby nails grow at an alarming pace.  It seems like you just finish trimming them and days later, they are long again!  Keeping them trimmed is important so babies don’t accidentally scratch themselves or others.  Some parents choose to clip their baby’s nails but doing so sometimes can clip a piece of baby’s finger or leave sharp edges on the nails.  Nail files have gained popularity as a safe, tear free choice for keeping baby’s fingernails trimmed.  My vote for the best baby nail file is the 3 Pack, Emery Board glass, Crystal.  It’s cost effective, high quality and having a 3 pack is great for having it in multiple locations.

However, if you’re looking for a comparison of some other contenders, here’s a roundup of the best products to keep baby nails trimmed.

Baby Nail File, 3 Pack, Emery Board glass, Crystal

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These nail files come highly recommended by other parents!  As opposed to traditional emery boards, these nail files are made of “Czech glass material”.  The glass material is just very slightly abrasive, so it’s perfect for trimming nails but won’t hurt the baby’s delicate skin.

Because it’s made of glass, it’s also non-porous and does not harbor bacteria.  It can be easily washed off with soap and water.  Because it’s made of tempered, durable glass, these nail files are not prone to breakage and will last for years if not decades.

The set comes with 3 nail files in various colors.  This set is also very cost effective, especially since you get 3 nail files to stash in various locations such as baby’s room, bathroom, your purse, etc.

Baby Bear Luxury Nail File

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What I love about this nail file is that it comes with a handy travel case and a cute bear design.  Perfect for keeping your nail file safe and helps keep it from getting lost or accidentally broken.

This one features Bohemian float glass, which is another way of saying “Czech float glass”.  It’s also non abrasive to skin but files nails just fine.

The company Baby Bear also says that a portion of the proceeds goes to help the Save the Children organization worldwide.

Fridababy NailFrida the S-Curved Nail Files

Image of the Fridababy NailFrida the S-Curved Nail Files (5 Pack)

This nail file is unique in that it has an S shape which is supposed to make it easier to file baby’s nails.  It’s made of regular emery file material (not glass like the others so far).  So it’s more like a “regular” nail file, but with an ergonomic shape.

Parents who purchased this were able to file their baby’s nails easily and quickly.  This is a set of 5 nail files and each one will last multiple uses before getting worn down, so expect this to last you a reasonable time.

However, one of the downsides of an emery board is that it is porous unlike glass.  This means that it may harbor bacteria, so most emery boards should be used just once and definitely not on multiple people.  Especially since this product will be used for babies, I would recommend using each file just once.  Babies put their hands in their mouth all the time, the last thing we want on them is more bacteria!

AiKiddo Baby Manicure Kit Infant Nails Clipper Set with Scissors, Tweezers and Nail File

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If you’re looking for a nice set either to gift or for your own baby, look no further than this adorable set.  It comes with everything you could ever need for taking care of a baby (or child’s) nails.

The set includes a glass nail file, which is more effective than a regular emery board.  It also comes with two tiny pairs of scissors, each with a different purpose.  One has really small blades which is most suitable for tiny babies, and the other pair has slightly longer blades for older babies.  It also comes with a small nail clipper with rounded edges for safety.

All the tools fit into the bunny-ears case, which would be great to keep in the diaper bag for when you need it.  Many reviewers ended up buying this case for others as gifts because they liked their own so much.

Safest Rated Baby Nail Files – Best Quality Set of 2 with 2 Cases Boards-Safe Crystal Nail Buffer

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What I like about this nail file set is that it comes with two nail files and each comes with its own protective carrying case.  They are decorated with cute colors and made of the finest Czech glass.

This glass file is also double sided – one side features a fine grit and the other side is medium grit.  The fine grit would be great for baby’s delicate nails and the medium grit would be great for adult nails.

Little Martin’s Drawer Baby Nail Trimmer File with Light

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Last but not least, is this battery operated nail file which comes with six different sanding/buffing pads.  Three are designed for children and three are more geared for adult nails.  Each one has a different grit of sand paper.  The term “sand paper” sounds rough, but it is a pretty fine grit so it’s gentle on the baby’s nails and surrounding skin.

The neat part about this file is that it is battery operated and the motor is very quiet, so it’s possible to file baby’s nails while they are asleep.  Also for this same purpose, the file comes with an LED light and it’s easy to operate with just one hand.

However, one downside of this file is that you would be purchasing replacement heads as you use them and they become worn down.  This adds to the cost of operating the file, not to mention the batteries needed to run it.

Why choose a glass nail file?

It sounds odd to file your or your baby’s nails down with a piece of glass, but the best nail files on the market today are just that.  What makes glass a better choice than emery boards or other nail file materials?  Here are some reasons WHY the glass file is a winner in this category.

Well made

Unlike the emery board, a glass nail file is constructed completely differently.  The original producer of this product was in the Czech Republic and used Bohemian glass.  Bohemia is part of the Czech Republic and is renowned for manufacturing beautiful, durable and artistic glass pieces.


The glass nail file goes through an intensive manufacturing process:

  • Files are cut from a large piece of Bohemian glass
  • Files are processed with chemical etching to result in a fine grain abrasive surface
  • The edges of the files are rounded to make them safe to the touch
  • Files go through a tempering process to make them firm and less prone to breakage
  • Files are decorated and colored using heat

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A glass file results in a fine grain surface that is very gentle to the skin, but slightly abrasive to the nail.  It works perfectly for those tiny, fine baby nails.  It’s also very effective on adult nails too.

A traditional emery board is coated with small pieces of rock (Emery rock) which gives it its abrasive power.  It literally grinds down the nail, but often leaves jagged edges and it sure feels funny during the filing process.  Sometimes as a result of this, nails are more prone to splitting.  All of this is avoided with a glass file which very gently files down the nail.


You might think that a glass nail file is not the safest thing to carry around, but rest assured it’s fully tempered to be as safe as possible.  Unless it’s dropped from very high or thrown with great force, most glass files will last a very long time. Even with extensive daily use, such as in nail salons, glass files hold up just fine.

Also most of the glass files on the market come with a carrying case to further protect it from damage.  Even in the unlikely event of a glass file breaking, it would be safe to touch the glass fragments.


Unlike emery boards, glass nail files are washable with soap and water to wash off any dirt or germs.  The surface is also non-porous so it will not absorb any smells or bacteria.  This is especially important for babies or children as we don’t want to introduce any dangerous bacteria via fingernails.

Emery boards are porous and should not be shared between multiple users as bacteria can spread as a result.  When emery boards are used in a salon setting, they are usually a single use item.


Glass files are also usually very pretty looking, as they can have colors and designs overlayed onto them in the last part of the production process.  The designs and colors are set using a thermal process so there is no chance they will ever come off, they become a part of the glass surface.  Some even have crystals or other ornate designs.  A glass file like this can be treasured and cared for for many years to come.

(Image Credit: MontBleu)

Have you purchased one of these?  Which one is your favorite and why? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Donna Fogarty
I'm a mom of three boys and enjoy researching just about everything, especially when it comes to picking the best anything to buy for my babies.

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