Hey ladies, I was just looking for some consolidated guidance/ experience sharing of what worked for you and what you did about chord clamping. What do I NEED to have on hand for delayed cutting, do I need anything to clean his navel while it's still healing? It will be very cold here when he arrives this Xmas, want to keep him clean,warm, and cozy! Considering freezing the placenta for smoothies.
Sometimes they can get oozy afterwards. For security's sake, I think it is best to use something to help prevent the oozing from becoming full on bleeding. You can use shoelaces, cotton cord, yarn, plastic cord clamps, or elastic bands to secure the cord. For ease of explanation, let's pretend you use shoelaces...
Tie one shoelace tightly around the cord a few inches away from the baby's navel. Following the cord up to mom, leave an inch or so of space, and then tie another shoelace around the cord. Now you have two areas where the cord is tied with a bit of space inbetween the two ties. Cut the cord in that space between the ties.
You do not need to use anything (rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, soap, etc.) to clean the cord afterwards. Just leave it alone and it will fall off / heal on its own.
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