How should I care for my newborn’s umbilical cord?

Ah.. great question for a first time parent!

Honestly.. it as pretty easy for us.. we kept the area completely dry, meaning no complete tub bath until it fell off, which took about 10 days or maybe a few more. We made sure to keep it clean, dry and were really careful when changing his diaper as to not bump or irritate it.. then one day - wa la! I went to change his diaper and saw it was gone... in the back of his onesie.. ha!

Any other instances of umbilical cord care, Mamas?

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    08/27/14
    Just keep it clean. Both my younger daughters had an 'outie' that contined to bleed down even after the stump fell off. It was still healing and scarring basically. Keep it clean, and if it's still bleedin after it falls off always check with the doctor to make sure it's nothin serious. For us, that meant using a damp q-tip and making sure no lint got stuck in the scab.
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      08/27/14
      Ever Lopez
      What i did to both of my children was grab a q-tip and a alcohol pad and get the tip of the q-tip wet, really slowly going around the skin in the dry skin that's coming out ( in other words you will slowly hold the dry skin of the belly button and inside the purple red skin slow pass the wet q-tip) so it couldn't smell and it came out within a weeks.. the pediatric was the one that recommend me this method!
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      08/27/14
      Melissa Middleton
      Yes, they told me to dry the umbilical chord with alcohol as well to help it dry.
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        08/27/14
        Melissa Middleton
        My son has a semi-outie belly button so when it finally fell off, there was some bleeding. Of course, I panicked and called his former pediatrician. He told me to keep it clean and use Vaseline with some gauze until it healed. I used Vaseline because it is safe and it allowed it to heal without having the gauze stick to the skin and scab.
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          08/27/14
          They told me when I had Andrew that while you can use alcohol, it's not recommended anymore.. Wish they would get it together lol. I cleaned Adrianna's with alcohol.
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