Umbilical cord stump?

Erika - posted on 10/05/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I was told today that I can't dress my newborn in onesies or sleepers until the umbilical cord stump falls off. So what do I dress her in when she is born?





And if it can't be covered by material how am I supposed to swaddle her?

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Marne - posted on 10/10/2012

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I covered my son's stump with the nappy so that it will not get caught on anything and he was just fine, it fell of within 13 days.

Julie - posted on 10/06/2012

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I just had my second baby and I wasn't told that with either. I was told if I didn't fold the diaper below it to put a bandaid over it so it didn't rub... my daughter I put in onsies right away (summer baby) and swaddled. It snowed the night my son was born, so he was in footie pajamas.



The goal is to keep it dry so it will fall off, but I have also heard to apply rubbing alcohol with a q-tip and bandage it until it falls off. Just make sure you fold the diaper under the stump.

Nicole - posted on 10/06/2012

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Both my children were put into onesies for the trip home. While at the hospital I did leave their supplied white long-sleeve shirt on them, but for the coming home outfit and pictures I had our clothes, with onesis and etc for each. Good luck, the first time is definitely about what information to take and make your own...Good luck!

Joni - posted on 10/06/2012

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I have 3 boys I always folded the diaper way down so it don't rub,long sleeved onsies and swaddled socks on if it was cool out. If your a first time mom that's all you are going to hear is all the things you shouldn't do. Just be sure to keep her plenty warm for about the first month then after that dress her to your comfort level. Best wishes and congraudlations for your baby girl.

Lacye - posted on 10/05/2012

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I have never heard that before. After my daughter was born, I dressed her in the little sleeper gowns that are open at the bottom and that seemed to work with her. More than likely with the child I'm about to have in February, he will be wearing the same. I love the sleeper gowns. They are so NICE!

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Erika - posted on 10/06/2012

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She said she had three children haha and the last two at the birthing center where she works (where i will be having my tub birth). She said to just dress the baby in a "Belly Shirt". And to buy the special diapers that curve around the belly button. I planned on having her in a footy sleeper because the weather around where i am having her is turning cold.



And I was told to only clean with alcohol swabs if it looks like it is really irritated or getting infected. Because you want to let it dry out and the rubbing alcohol makes it moist and in turn makes it take longer to dry up and fall off.



Thank you all. It reassures me that I can just dress her in nomal baby clothes as long as they are lose.

Nicole - posted on 10/06/2012

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Yes you can dress your baby, they have special diapers also to help protect the belly button. Whoever told you that must never had a baby before! What did they tell you to dress the baby in to go home? Dress your baby in something loose comfortable and cute. Good luck!

Sis Lain - posted on 10/06/2012

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What ever happened to putting a band around the baby's belly so it would protect the stump. It is cloth and lets air in to dry it .

Erika - posted on 10/05/2012

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I live in the United States in California. She said that it needs to dry out so I shouldn't dress her in body suit clothing items but I can't just leave her in a diaper all the time. It's too cold, so it's a bit confusing as to what to do.

Michelle - posted on 10/05/2012

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I have 3 children and have never been told that it can't be covered by material. What country are you in?

Erika - posted on 10/05/2012

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By the educator of my Infant care class. I know to fold the diapers down so they don't irritate the stump but I knew nothing about not being able to dress her in anything but a "Belly Shirt" as the educator said.

Michelle - posted on 10/05/2012

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Who told you that? I dressed all of mine in onesies when they were born, especially my first since he was born in winter. The nappy usually covers the stump anyway.

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