My daughter started asking for nail polish at age three. We were at a lovely boutique called NuboNau in San Diego where I needed to pick up some organic lipstick. My daughter was with me and spied the beautifully-displayed tub of non-toxic Piggy Paint nail polish. I said fine.
She picked green Piggy Paint and was so jazzed that she asked me to paint her toes right away. I brushed the four toes peeking out of her sandals green and we proceeded to go to lunch with our friends. No big deal. Then, she fell walking out of Islands and skinned her elbow, knee and hand. To calm her down enough to get into the car, I bribed offered to paint her fingernails, too. She was instantaneously silent and happy. I told her that if she was the slightest bit fussy about anything for the rest of the day… I would take it off. The end result was dream behavior.
She’s been wearing kids nail polish on and off ever since.
Non-Toxic Nail Polish for Kids
Whatever you do, don’t put traditional nail polish for adults on young kids, especially if they’re still in the habit of thumb or finger sucking. Some adult polishes have formaldehyde, toluene, and phthalates, which can be toxic if they’re ingested. Kids are best with non-toxic water-based nail polishes which also happen to be much easier to clean up if they choose to apply themselves. But even with kids safe nail polishes, it’s not ideal for kids to ingest them.
Piggy Paint is all natural, water-based, eco-friendly, non-toxic kids nail polish so I wasn’t expecting it to have the staying power of normal nail polish. She took a long bath and a little wore off and, to be honest, I’m glad to know it does.
Here are other non-toxic brands to try (links straight to our affiliate, Amazon, for easy shopping):
You may also want to try removing with a natural nail polish remover. Piggy Paint, at least, soaks off after a while in a bath. I’ve personally worn both Priti NYC and Zoya and feel the need nail polish remover.
Since then, I’ve seen kids of almost all ages wearing nail polish. Though, I’ve heard that some preschools have rules about whether or not kids can wear it.
What age do you think is appropriate to start painting a child’s nails? Do you let them wear it to school? Please share.
*Photo credit: istockphoto/robertprzybysz