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#1 of 40 Old 05-22-2007, 01:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay, so I plan to tie the cord off this time instead of using those nasty plastic clamps. I am going to make my own braided cord out of embroidery floss. How many strands do you think I should use for the tie? I don't want it to be too thick or to thin. Also, how long do you leave the cord when you tie it off? Or does it matter? This will be our first time not using the clamps so any insight would be great.

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I dont know anything official lol but I braided three strands together and I made two just in case we had to tie off before the placenta was out.
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Thanks Michele! I was afraid that 6 strands would be too thick but wasn't sure if 3 strands would be too thin. Now I will go the 3 strands. Having two on hand makes sense.
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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.

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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.

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We used three strands. We let the cord go white and limp and then used hemostats and cut the cord about a foot long because baby didn't want to be unwrapped at all. A few hours later when our house had warmed up more we tied the cord about an inch and a half away from his body and trimmed the cord shorter. The braid stayed on his stump until it fell off about 4 days later.
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Thanks ladies!

We always wait until the cord is totally done before doing anything with it.
No sense in being in any hurry.
I did mean how far away from the baby to tie it off. I was thinking 1 1/2 inches or so. Long but not too long. I hate getting close with sharp things too. lol!

All this makes me excited about having this baby, but I am not in any hurry either. ~smiling~

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How long to make the tie? I've been debating on this... to tie a bow or not to tie a bow LOL

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Haha, that would be great to see a nice pretty bow on your new baby!

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OOH! Great thread. I was just going to use the horrid white clamp because that's the way I've always done it with my assisted births but now I'm looking forward to making a nice tie. I like the idea of a bow too. It will be a lot easier finding the greens and earth tones that seem to be this baby's colours in embroidery thread than in size newborn to three months clothing.

I would like to do a Lotus Birth, but since I had ppd with Phoenix I think it would be a good idea for me to eat the placenta. I also want to get dc in the hotsling asap since I don't want to dump too much housework on dd and I don't particularly want a bunch of well-meaning but bumbling acquaintances in my house trying to help out right after the birth,
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Someone needs to post a picture of the tie for me, please! So when you have your baby, please please please take a pic and post it!
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Does anyone happen to have a picture of their baby with a tied cord? All I have used was the plastic clamps as well.
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It will be a lot easier finding the greens and earth tones that seem to be this baby's colours in embroidery thread than in size newborn to three months clothing.
NO kidding!!!!!! LOL!!!! It is either all pink or all blue, no yellows or greens and I prefer neutral colors.
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I had a photo of one that a mama shared with me, but I can't find the darn thing. sigh.....
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We always wait for the cord to stop pulsing, but even then, they seem to ooze just a bit, so we go ahead and tie just in case. We have always used dental floss (the regular waxed kind) if that gives you an idea of thickness. The cord tends to shrivel up pretty quickly, and then the floss is loose around the cord, so I just slip it off if it is bugging me or baby before the stump falls off at around day 4 or so.

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I didn't tie. We just waited a while before cutting. After something like two hours the valve between cord and baby will seal itself off, but we watched it well beyond that point to be absolutely sure. I felt very exhilerated after my birth. If I'd wanted to sleep right away I probably would have just used a new shoelace for that. I believe I had some on hand for that purpose. In fact I had a huge pile of birth supplies, and the only thing I used was the scissors to cut the cord, and could have done it without those. Maybe I used the chux later.

I was surprised at how fast it shrivelled up and dropped off! My first two had theirs covered in betadyne, and it took weeks to get them to dry out, and they got nasty and gooey before they did that. When we did nothing it worked so much better. You can also see three tiny little spots in his sweet little belly button, from where the three vein/artery/whatever they are calleds were. So cool.

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Can you use something like yarn to tie it off??

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I'm subbing for all the ideas!
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Hi Ladies,

It was so nice to see a discussion on this. I was excited a few months back when I saw a post for other options like the embrod floss and told a few friends who seemed like it sounded silly. So thank you because I can't wait to make two of these for my first UC in about 6wks. I too was wondering about the layers to braid and the tie part too. I plan on doing two colors braided together and making two also. Pics from someone's baby would be sweet. ;o)

Oh I have a pile of cross stitch thread and have not compared it to the embrod floss yet anyone else? Although if dental floss and shoe strings work then cross stitch thread should be fine as we have always waiting until limp and white too.

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Oh I have a pile of cross stitch thread and have not compared it to the embrod floss yet anyone else?

That is actually what I used. lol! I have like 7 of them made because I wasn't sure of what color I wanted to use. ~A
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yeah I would love to see some pictures too! this sounds great, but I am kind of imagination challenged lately. Blame it on the pregnancy brain.
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I think I bought cross stich thread. I didn't know there was a difference. ( I don't sew) What did was get three color, I let me girls each pick out a color. My hubby was not into going to the craft store so I pick pit a color with a name that would have mean for him. I am planning braiding them togother. I pic would be great to see what other have done.
Was think of tieing a not because a bow might slip off.
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Is there a difference between embroidery floss and cross-stitch floss? I make bracelets and cross stitch with the same stuff.

When you say to use three strands, do you mean three strings from the floss, pulling those off the main bundle in the same way you do when you cross stitch? Or do you mean three full threads with all the strings still combined, using it whole, the way you would when making bracelets?

I'm confused.

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Is there a difference between embroidery floss and cross-stitch floss? I make bracelets and cross stitch with the same stuff.

When you say to use three strands, do you mean three strings from the floss, pulling those off the main bundle in the same way you do when you cross stitch? Or do you mean three full threads with all the strings still combined, using it whole, the way you would when making bracelets?

I'm confused.
yes, it's the exact same stuff, and they mean three full threads like with bracelets.
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I just made my cord ties last night

I had thought of making them the same then realized if we can't tell the babies apart different colors might help!

I did 3 strands of each color and then braided three of those together for a total of 9 strands per cord tie. So one cord has light pink, dark pink, and mint green. The other has dark purple, light purple, and blue. Very cute!

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Thank you!

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Just curious...what's the reasoning behind braiding it? Could you crochet/knit a cord and have it work just as well?

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Just curious...what's the reasoning behind braiding it? Could you crochet/knit a cord and have it work just as well?
OK, now you're just showing off, Miss Fancy Pants... :

I still have no clue what the heck we're using. Dh is like, "can I just grab some kitchen twine???" Although all this talk of pretty colors and embroidery floss has me jones'n to hit the craft store. :

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What's wrong with plastic clamps, anyway?
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You could crochet or knit or cord... if you know how to crochet or knit LOL

Nothing wrong with plastic clamps, except that they're so hard to get off and they hard and press on the baby's tummy.

I'm going to clamp with plastic clamps further from the belly button and then retie a little later with my braided ones.

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