Umbilical chord care?

Cynthia - posted on 11/16/2008 ( 9 moms have responded )

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We are going to try cloth for the first time with our baby due in March. What should I know about umbilical chord care when it comes to cloth diapering?

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Just keep it clean and dry and try to make sure the diaper isn't touching. Cloth shouldn't interfere at all. In fact if it did happen to rub the cord it would be softer than a disposable rubbing it!

Lindsey - posted on 11/21/2008

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I cloth diapered as soon as we got home from the hospital. I am using Bum Genius diapers 3.0 one size diapers. My husband and I would clean the UC with alcohol at each changing and he lost it by 12 days.

Lyndal - posted on 11/20/2008

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We used to use cd's in hospital years ago, just keep the umbi clean and dry.

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I used disposables until the cord had heeled and feel off, I found it easier considering babies go though a lot of diapers in the first few months..

User - posted on 11/19/2008

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Proraps newborn size covers also have a dip in the front to accomodate the umbilical cord.

Jenney - posted on 11/18/2008

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I did not start CDing my kids until they were 26 mos and 4 mos. However, I use thirsties diaper covers and I know they have a newborn size with an umbilical cord cut out. Basically if you keep the area clean and dry you will be fine.
www.clothcrazy.blogspot.com

Kate - posted on 11/16/2008

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good question, thanks for asking it! We are also expecting a baby in march, but our 3rd. I haven't decided if I will go for the cd'ing with him or not...seems like a lot of diaper washing (I'll have 3 in the cloth diapers. Yikes!) A follow up ?: are there any special considerations with infants/newborns in cloth diapers?

Bonnie - posted on 11/16/2008

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I started with cloth pretty much right out of the hospital, and I think the guidelines are the same for all diapers--just make sure the diaper is well below the cord stump (it should be an inch or two below the belly button anyway). Good luck with your new little one!

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