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Can you cloth diaper with the umbilical cord?

Some parents wait to start cloth diapering until the umbilical cord has fallen off, others dive in as soon as they get home! Whether you want to use Waste to Energy Disposables for the first few weeks or use cloth diapers, Tinkle Belle Diaper Service is here to meet all your diapering needs. 

Here are a few adjustments you can make if you start cloth diapering with the umbilical cord still attached.

#1 Adjust the Diaper Low

You do not want the diaper to cover the cord area as air helps the wound heal and dry, allowing it to fall off. It is important to keep the belly button dry and free from urine and fecal matter. Likewise, you do not want the cover rubbing against the wound to cause irritation.

#2 Change the Length

One way you may need to adjust the diaper so that it sits lower is by changing the length of the diaper. Adjust the rise (snaps in the lower middle of the diaper) to be shorter as well.

Pre-Fold: If you have extra fabric, fold that down in the back of the diaper as opposed to the front. Less bulk and better fit.

All-in-One: Unsnap the front portion of the insert to push the insert below the belly for a looser and better fit.

#3 Skip the Snappi

Prefold Only: Start using the snappi AFTER the cord falls off. You don’t need to create any extra tension in that area by adding the snappi until the umbilical cord falls off.

What’s Next?

And those are our quick tips to cloth diapering with the umbilical cord! Check out this video to see a demo.

Whether you cloth diaper or use disposable remember to keep the stump dry, stick to sponge baths, and resist pulling the cord off. It will fall off on its own within a few weeks!

P.S. We have Waste to Energy disposable diapers & wipes that never see a landfill! Learn more here.

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