Our little girl was born with quite long nails so she has worn scratch mittens as soon as she was born. We got her organic baby scratch mittens from Green Nippers - they're so cute too! Our first daughter suffers from eczema so we try to buy as much organic clothing as possible, especially what is close to her skin (vests etc.)
The rib around the scratch mittens fit perfectly around her wrists so they stay on. They seem to be really comfortable and she doesn't mind them. they are quite generously sized too so should last a while :-) i'm sure we'll be buying the next size up once shes out grown these as they are good to keep her little hands watrm at night too!
We saw Green Nippers at The Baby Show in Birmingham earlier this year although they have an online shop so we have treated her to some of the baby grows and booties that they have too
Here is a link to the scratch mittens: http://www.greennippers.co.uk/newborn-baby-eczema-scratch-mittens/
If you want your child to look like a boxer about to enter a ring , then by all means buy a pair of sratch mittens. Do they stop your child from scratching? No, because you spend so much of your time putting them back on your childs hands as they keep falling off. My son hated me putting them on him so much that I gave up after a few days as it was just a waste of time. I bought mine from Asda, George for approx £1. Thankfully they weren't expensive but that pound would have probably have been better buying a lottery ticket!!!! I tried using some socks and they actually stayed on better but they did look daft. Babies do scratch themselves a lot at first but mine soon stopped and I also made sure that they're nails were kept short to stop them from ripping their face to shreads.
Scratch mittens are small little mittens designed to be placed over your babies hands to prevent them from scratching themselves. They are usually made of cotton and are usually white in colour. In my opinion scratch mittens are a complete waste of time. I think that the idea of them is great, as my first baby was always scratching himself in the night. Sadly though the reality of this invention was that they would keep falling off. I bought several different pairs and they all did the same thing. I found that you could get baby sleep suits which have an extra piece of material on them so that the ends fold over the babies hands. These were brilliant, as there was no way that he could get them off. A friend of mine also used to use baby socks and put them over her babies hands. Because they are longer than the scratch mittens they worked really well. If I was to advise anyone about scratch mittens, my best piece of advice would be to save your money and not to bother. But I am sure that there are those of you out there who are real fans of scratch mits, I'm sure that if you find the right make or brand, then they can work really well, I just never found them sadly.
Scratch mits are a total waste of time.
Babies are born with nails that are often long and they can scratch their delicate skin easily. Even if you cut them often (and boy is that hard - you will put it off at any opportunity because it is so scary!) they grow so quickly that they can scratch themselves shortly after a nail cut.
However, although you want a solution to the pesky sharp nails, scratch mits in my opinion are not the answer, simply because they fall off so easily. Also, my baby is a BIG thumb-sucker and our one attempt at covering his hands did not go down well with the little man!
If you do want to cover their hands and use a dummy (or maybe your baby is not a sucky baby) I would highly recommend Matalan simple white sleepsuits. They have extra cuffs that can be folded over to cover their little hands and you know that they will not fall off (the covers not the hands!!). This is a far easier way to deal with the problem. Also these sleepsuits are really cheap.
Scratch mits fall off so you cannot guarantee the hands are covered and also they can be lost easily.
Scratch mittens are a necessary evil for some babies. Our son made such a mess of his forehead and face by scratching at them that we had to keep his hands covered up all the time. This became especially difficult when he worked out how to take the scratch mitts off. There was one horrible morning when our blood soaked son proudly handed us both of the scratch mitts, so we gave up on those and tried the baby grows with the cuffs that fold over the hands. Again it wasn't very long before he could wriggle his fingers out from the cuffs and do more damage to his forehead. Eventually we found ScratchSleeves which did the trick and stopped him scratching for long enough for his forehead to heal. The ScratchSleeves are more expensive than scratch mittens but they did work for us and might be worth a try if the standard soft cotton variety isn't doing the trick.
We tried scratch mitts for our son and they worked for a short while, until he learned to take them off. After much searching we found Scratch Sleeves which covered his nails so he could damage his face but he couldn't escape from them. The scratch sleeves are more expensive than standard scratch mitts but at least they actually worked.
I hate scratch mittens, I know what you are probably thinking...what a silly thing to hate....they are just cotton gloves to stop your baby from scratching themselves....but let me explain why I hate them and how I overcome my annoyance.
My son was just under 6lbs and had tiny little hands, and the scratch mittens would drown him, I would put them on again and again and he always managed to get them off....he was like a baby Houdini !!! and I would put him down for two mins and he would have a scratch on his nose within a minute of me putting him down, I would cut his nails again and again and tried loads of different makes of scratch mittens, and nothing worked.
My mum even stitched in some elastic to some pairs, which were ok, but then my son kept getting a rash and my doctor said it maybe to do with the elastic is his scratch mittens!!!!
The last straw came when we received a gift from my sister in law; she had paid for a photographer too come to the house and take some photos of our son.... I had him in his best romper suit and bootees and a pair of scratch mittens!!! he looked gorgeous and then one minute before the photographer was due he had managed to get his mittens off and scratch his nose and under his eye!!! So we now have a collection of photos where he looks like Rocky!!! (maybe not that bad....but I still always noticed the scratches!!)....Anyway I was talking about it with my Nan, and she said just put a pair of his socks on his hands.... I can remember thinking...typical Nan, she always says silly things, but anyway I gave it a try that night when I put him down to sleep and it worked, the socks went up to his elbows and his sleep suit then went over this and it worked, he could not get them off!!! Hahaha, I thought I have won the battle!!
Now do not get me wrong, he did look funny sometimes with socks on his hands, but it worked and I did not care what it looked like it stopped him getting scratched up.
When my daughter was born three years later, I still brought scratch mittens as I know other babies that manage to keep them on but again my daughter was the same as her brother, so she had socks too!!!
I had not really thought about this until last week when I went to mother and baby group, and two of the babies there also had socks on their hands..... So at least their other mums out there with a hate of scratch mitts!!!
You can buy scratch mittens from many stores for e.g. Boots, Tesco's, Asda and Mothercare, and they are relatively cheap from 75p-2.00.... dependant on which store you purchase from.... Try them by all means, but if you have Houdini babies like mine...stick to socks!!!
scratch mittens are tiny little gloves which you will definately need to use with your new baby as no matter how short you manage to get there nails they have a habbit of scratching there own face quite often.
I have tryed quite a few different types of scratch mittens, they sell mittens with out elastic in the tops which are completely useless and fall off as soon as you turn away, they sell scratch mittens with elastic in the top so they do stay on a bit better but are not brilliant with tiny babys as the elastic isnt tight enough so these are better once baby reaches around 9lb
I tryed to buy as many of my baby grows as possible with the turn over mitts at the bottom of the sleeve as these have no way of baby being able to get there hands out of the mitts but i also attached velcro to babys clothes and mittens to attach them together to stop them falling off so easily.
As both my daughters got a little older the other problem i found was that if they culd get there hands to there mouths they would dribble on the mitts which made there skin quite sore so although mittens are a must have with a new baby they are a right pain to keep on.
Another trick i used to use which may sound a little cruel was to pull babys sleeves over there hands as with both my girls being so small i used to have to roll the cuffs of there tops over to make them fit, this used to make it impossible to reach there faces with there nails and worked great, it was also good for stopping them pulling there dummy out as a new born.
Scratch mitts are tiny cotton gloves that are elasticated at the wrist which are used to stop baby from scratching their skin to ribbons. They usually cost about 1.50 for a pack of two, matalan do a pack of four for 2.00 but they are not as good quality as mothercares or asdas. I can't make up my mind whether I think scratch mits are wonderful or whether I want to tear them into tiny shreads and stamp on them. Firstly the good things about scratch mitts. 1. They can save poor baby's face from being scratched and sore. My daughter scratched her face when she was two weeks old and has still got the scar now when she is three months old. I try my best to trim her nails so they aren't like talons but however short they are they still seem sharp as she often demonstrates by digging them into my hand whilst feeding. 2. Keep her hands warm whilst she is asleep at night. As she wears a grobag I can't wrap her up in a blanket to keep her warm. The mitts help to make sure there is no skin showing at her wrists. Basically scratch mitts work to stop baby from doing any real damage with their constant exploring of their faces and rubbing of their skin. There are also bad things about them and here are the ones I can think of at the moment. 1. They are constantly coming off and are no good when baby gets more control over their hands as they learn how to pull them off. 2. They hinder baby's sense of touch as every time baby reaches for something new they still feel the same sensation of fabric on their skin. 3. They get all soggy and wet and make baby's hand icey cold when baby sucks on them. No matter how hard I try to stop my daughter from sucking her hands as it makes them rough and sore she still manages to suck them without my noticing. 4. This problem is not really anything to do with the design of scratch mitts as it happens with a lot of items but every time
I put a pair of scratch mitts in the wash only one of them comes back out. In conclusion I would say that scratch mitts are a good idea but I think the design needs a little fine tuning as they are definetly not perfect. Thanks for reading.
Soon-to-be-parent: So how will I know how often to cut my babies nails? Mother: Ouch! Ahhhh! Stop it devils spurn! Sorry, I missed that, what did you say, I was too busy trying to get this little angels fingers nails out of my boob. I used to wonder how babies knew how to breastfeed, the diagrams made it all look a bit like a complex yoga position. Well, I don't have the answer, but I can officially tell you give baby a couple of weeks and they will almost certainly become a real expert. My second baby was a dopey, lazy little thing, and found it all too much like hard work at first... 'Mum, you don't really actually expect me to move my mouth muscles do you? You must be joking, squirt it into my mouth or I'm going to scream and scream until I turn purple' He soon realised it would all work a bit more smoothly if he put a bit off effort in as well. He cottoned on to the fact that if he grips my boob with his hand not only can I not go away without him noticing, he can also wring out every last drop of milk. And that's not all babies like sticking their tiny nails into, my eyes also hold a strange fascination. Many babies also scratch their own faces, particularly at night. If your baby sucks their thumb this is even more likely to happen. And no matter how often you cut them they only have a few millimetres to grow till they're back with a vengeance, sharp as ever. OK, TIME FOR THE SERIOUS BIT So what can you do about these miniature daggers? Firstly, cut them as often as you can bear. The more you do it and the younger you start the more accustomed to it bubs becomes. They will realise it's inevitable after a while and will probably start to wriggle less. The two best ways to cut them I have found are… 1 In the bath - At the end of their soak the nails will be softer than usual and should be easier to get off. Try biting them
off if your child seems scared of the nail cutters. 2 When asleep - If all else fails you could try cutting them while baby sleeps, although you do face the risk of waking them up again, not what you want if you just spent half an hour rocking them to sleep. And this is where scratch mittens come in. These thin mittens, usually in plain white, are very cheap, and the sort of thing you tend to get given with a gift. They cost about £3 for two pairs in Mothercare. I tend to stick to using them at night, to stop baby scratching themselves; they really can draw blood sometimes, which makes you feel awful when you see it. There are two main problems to using them during the day. Firstly, if your baby puts its fingers in its mouth they get all wet and soggy, which can make them feel uncomfortable, and even cold if you are outside. Secondly, they stop your baby being able to grip things and feel things as much, and we all know how good being able to grab hold of stuff is for babies, developmentally, and just for sheer enjoyment. You may decide that you want to use them while feeding, but I found that if you give baby something else to grip, like a finger or the strap of your bra, you can usually persuade them to leave your boob alone! One thing I did find scratch mittens very handy for was using as socks! I think all babies feet are designed so socks fall off, especially when you are taking them in and out of prams, passing them round relatives etc. These however tend to stay on better, don't know why, but give it a try, although obviously make sure the elastic isn't too tight. In conclusion, if someone gives you some, pack them in your hospital bag. If they don't there's no reason to rush out and buy any, unless your baby scratches it's face at night you can survive without them.