Baby Basics: Clipping Nails and Cord Care

by Julie Trotter, Newborn Care Specialist and Instructor

Cord care

  • 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.

Clipping nails

  • 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.