My daughter started asking for nail polish at age three. As I was picking up some organic lipstick at a boutique in San Diego, my daughter spied the beautifully-displayed tub of non-toxic Piggy Paint kids’ nail polish. She wanted some so I agreed.
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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 while walking out of the restaurant, skinning 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 her new toddler nail polish. The end result was dream behavior.
She’s been wearing kids nail polish on and off since then.
Nontoxic Kids Nail Polish
Whatever you do, don’t put traditional nail polish made for adults on young kids, especially if they’re still in the habit of thumb or finger sucking.
Some adult nail polishes have formaldehyde, toluene, and phthalates, which can be toxic if they’re ingested.
Kids are best with nontoxic, water-based nail polishes which also happen to be much easier to clean up if they choose to apply it themselves.
Even with nontoxic kids nail polishes, it’s not ideal for kids to ingest them (with one exception mentioned below).
Piggy Paint is all-natural, water-based, eco-friendly, nontoxic 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 nontoxic brands to try:
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 that they 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.