by Julie Trotter, Newborn Care Specialist and Birth Doula at The Happiest Doulas
- No alcohol swabbing is needed.
- Let it dry out on its own (fold the diaper down away from stump). Usually within 7-10 days it will fall off.
- Watch for foul odor and yellow/whitish discharge, which is a sign of possible infection.
- Nails are adhered to your baby's skin at birth.
- It is best to use a nail file instead of clippers to avoid accidentally clipping your baby's skin.