Posted by Shanna on August 23, 2003 at 19:46:13:
In Reply to: A couple of baby questions posted by Wendy on August 23, 2003 at 18:41:55:
Congratulations on being pregnant! I just had my first 3weeks ago. He is such a joy!!
1st) every babies cord is diffrent. To care for it all you need to do is clean it with rubbing alcohol after a diaper change. The more you apply the alcohol, the sooner it falls off. And the hospital normally takes the plastic thing off before you leave.
2nd) My son was circumsized a week ago. they used the plastic thing, and it fell off days ago. He has a completely healed penis now. All you need to do for it is apply lots of vaseline to his penis after each diaper change. Basically this is so his penis doesnt stick to his diaper as it heals.
3rd) Dont bathe your baby till after his cord falls off. I think after that its up too you. Some babies enjoy baths and others dont. I have made bathing a bedtime ritual. I wash him with a lavender baby wash, then I massage him with baby lotion. He loves it and it helps settle him down.
My son is very active for a 3week old!!
Hope this helps you!! Good luck!