Originally Posted by earthmothergypsy
How many strands do you think I should use for the tie? I don't want it to be too thick or to thin.
IMO it doesn't matter. IF you wait until the cord is done pulsating and the remaining cord blood kind of *gel-ifies*, when you cut it blood won't come out.
|Also, how long do you leave the cord when you tie it off? Or does it matter?
Call me dense but I can be confused by the plainest of speech.
If you mean how long a time you leave the braided cord on the stump before removing it, unless it got poopy or something I'd leave it on until the stump fell off. If you wanted it off sooner I'd think it would be okay to remove once the cord blood gels enough so there's no more seepage. I'm a big bleeder and for my children it was always within hours of birth.
If you're wondering how close to the baby do you cut the umbilical cord, we go out about an inch or so. I'm nervous with sharp instruments around newborns so I make it as long as I can while minimizing the risk of dirty diaper contamination and the chance it could get caught on something and tugged off prematurely.
If you meant something else just post back and I'll answer it if I can.
BV, who was once complimented (?) she was the most intelligent dizzy person someone had ever met