Did you know that I didn’t take all three of my babies a bath until their umbilical cord fell off? I did let my mom and aunt do the honors because I was too nervous to do it. The good news is that you do not need to be intimidated or nervous of taking your newborn a bath or caring for your newborn’s umbilical cord. These 5 helpful tips for your baby’s umbilical cord care will help you understand how to take care of it and why you should.
Once your baby is born and his or hers umbilical cord is cut, a small piece of it remains attached. Your baby’s umbilical cord will usually fall off by itself after 2 to 4 weeks. It will also change color to a dark brown or black color once it starts to dry, do not panic because this is totally normal.
The only thing I would suggest you to do is to take care of it by following these simple and helpful umbilical cord care tips. Taking care of your baby’s umbilical cord is not hard at all but you do have to be gently and careful when caring for it. These 5 helpful tips for your baby’s umbilical cord care will guide you in the right direction.
5 helpful tips for your baby’s umbilical cord care
It is very important that when caring for your baby’s umbilical cord you keep it dry. The reason for this, is that the umbilical cord can easily get infected if it’s wet. The safe bet is to not wet it and to maintain it dry for faster and easier healing.
I learned this trick from my aunt who would always do this with all three of my children. It’s super simple and really effective in keeping your baby’s umbilical cord from having pressure on it. This method also helps in letting the umbilical cord “breathe”. You simply put your baby’s diapers on, like you would normally do and then fold the front top part of the diaper, either inward or outward.
This is a great way to keep the diaper from rubbing into the umbilical cord and it’s also a helpful way to let your baby’s umbilical cord heal with ease.
Like I said before, I didn’t take my kids a bath until the umbilical cord fell off (I’m a chicken, when it comes to this) but my mom and aunt did. They carefully took my newborn babies a bath using a baby wash cloth and making sure that the umbilical cord did not get wet.
You can use a wash cloth to take your baby a bath by wetting it with water and baby wash and then simply patting it on your baby’s body. Do not pour water on your baby’s body because you run the risk of getting the umbilical cord wet.
When drying your newborn baby, you may want to pat dry carefully around your baby’s umbilical cord, this way you don’t accidentally rub the umbilical cord with the cloth.
When caring for your baby’s umbilical cord, make sure that your baby is wearing comfortable clothes. For example, do not have your baby in tight fitted clothing or clothes that will make your baby too hot in. Moisture can get into the umbilical cord and may cause infection or may take longer to heal.
I loved having my children in onesies because they were super comfortable in it and also it did not press into their umbilical cord, if I make sense?
Letting your baby’s umbilical cord heal naturally is very important. Try your best to not touch it or even try to take it out yourself. Please do not do this, if you do, your baby’s umbilical cord may develop an infection and you do not want this.
Let your baby’s umbilical cord heal at it’s own pace because it will naturally come off when it’s time. You probably won’t even notice. If you do notice, you probably will see it on your baby’s crib like I did! I kept all three of my children’s umbilical cord as a keepsake but don’t ask me where it is now, ha!
Call your doctor if:
- Your baby’s umbilical cord has a foul odor.
- You see pus coming out from it.
- It’s bleeding
If you see any of these happening with your baby’s umbilical cord, it can be a sign of infection. Please don’t hesitate to call your doctor 🙂
A newborn baby requires a lot of love, attention and care. One of the first things that you will have to take care of is your baby’s umbilical cord. This may sound like a scary task, but I promise you that it’s not.
Simple ways in which you can take care of your baby’s umbilical cord is by always keeping it dry so it can heal faster. When changing your baby’s diaper, make sure you fold the front side, this way the diaper is not touching or putting pressure on the umbilical cord. One important tips is to let your baby;s umbilical cord heal naturally and have your baby in comfortable, loose clothes.
Do you have more tips to add to this list, please let me know!