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August 6th, 2012, 12:11 AM
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So, I had my baby almost 2 weeks ago, he weighed 7lbs 14oz at birth (and the same about discharged just over 24 hours later). His umbilical cord stump fell of at 11 days old. Before that it was an off an on thing with cloth diapering. I only have 5 NB AIO diapers, which I prefer for the stage with the umbilical cord. They didn't rub on it and it wouldn't get wet like with the other diapers. I couldn't get the covers and prefolds to go under his cord, mostly the covers. I have a newborn cover I think a bummis super brite, the smallest one I have but it was too small to fit over the prefold. I put him in disposables off and on to prevent rubbing on the cord and to stop pee from soaking it. Problem was, disposables leak like crazy and I find myself changing his clothes more often. I made some nice fitted diapers (that also fit my toddler) that fit under the cord for my newborn, but the cover was the problem not the diaper.

My Fuzzibunz OS diaper does fit him and under the cord, that's a shock to me, and makes me love it even more. Sunbaby diapers also fit, but come very close to his cord (I have the kind that don't have hip snaps). The only other diapers that I've used are ones that I've made and prefolds. He's a super soaker, should have figured that out when he was born and he peed all over everything, several times.

Anyway, just thought I'd share my newborn, umbilical cord experience.

Oh and the meconium poop seriously is not a big deal at all. It came out no problem. Breast milk poop on the other hand stains like no ones business. If you weren't planning on sunning your diapers, you might want to think again. It's lovely.

Scarlett Diane

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August 6th, 2012, 09:39 AM
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Great review/tips! You should post a link to this on the CDing a Newborn sticky that way people will bw able to see it in the future!

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August 6th, 2012, 10:15 AM
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Good to know! We want to CD from the start if we're blessed with another.

Are all newborn disposables in the States cut lower so they don't touch the cord stump? The midwives here told us to just put the diaper over the cord stump.

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August 6th, 2012, 04:57 PM
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Good to know about the meconium! I was wondering what that would do to my diapers!
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August 6th, 2012, 08:55 PM
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Thanks for the info! We did sposies for the first week or so too

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August 6th, 2012, 10:05 PM
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Most of the newborn diapers out here have a little dip in the front of the diapers cut out so that it doesn't rub on the umbilical cord stump. I was always told to keep it dry so that it would fall off faster or whatever they said. I know that when I had him in the prefolds the covers would go over his umbilical cord and it would be squishy (for lack of a better word lol) and just didn't seem right to me. I don't know, as long as I let it fall off on it's own and not try to pull it off myself I'm sure whichever way it was taken care of was fine (watching for infections of course).

Also want to add that today I put him in a Medium TKC (AIO) at 12 days old and it fit pretty well, and super adorable by the way. It goes a bit under his belly button so it may fit a larger newborn under the cord (I weighed him today and he's around 9lbs, was about 8lbs at birth).

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