Baby care: Umbilical cord stumps

What you need: rubbing alcohol (optional), cotton balls (optional)
By Sarah Granger

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.

Click below for more baby care basics:

How to use a rectal thermometer

How to swaddle your baby

How to warm a bottle

How to master the latch

How to burp your baby

How to give a sponge bath

How to trim tiny nails

Posted in Baby Care, imported, Motherhood