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Caring for Your New Baby's Belly Button

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As a new mom, you’re undoubtedly "learning on the job" as you tend to your new baby's needs, from feeding and bathing to changing diapers. One more baby care basic to add to the list is caring for your newborn’s umbilical stump.

Once your baby’s umbilical cord is cut after birth, the remaining stump gradually starts to shrivel up. In a week or two, it’ll fall off completely and reveal an adorable belly button -- though you’ll have to wait and see whether it’s an innie or an outie. In the meantime, here's how to care for the stump as it heals.



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