What you need: rubbing alcohol (optional), cotton balls (optional)
Baby’s cord will fall off on its own when it’s ready—usually somewhere between 10 and 14 days after birth—so all you really have to do is keep the area dry and clean. Fold the front of baby’s diaper inward so it doesn’t rub the stump (many newborn-style disposable diapers are designed this way already) and dress him in loose clothing that won’t cause irritation.
Good to know: Your doctor might recommend that you apply rubbing alcohol on baby’s cord stump at each diaper change or suggest that you do nothing at all. Studies have shown that both options are effective, so it’s up to you which method you choose.
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