How to Tend to Baby’s Umbilical Cord

YES! Finally a parenting how to that is simple. This one doesn’t even require bullet points. Let’s sum it up into three easy to follow words: clean and dry. Keep the area clean and dry. That really is it. Want three other simple and easy to follow words on this? Less is more.

When I was a new mom we were told at great length how to swab the area 6x a day with alcohol swabs to keep it clean and dry it out. But this is no longer the sage advice from doctors and nursing. What they have found is that when left to its own devices, your babies’ umbilical cord knows what to do…much like you in conceiving, carrying and now nurturing your child when you a) trust that things can be simple b) you tell yourself you do know what you are doing and c) when you listen to your inner voice.

Some times less is more and things CAN be simple…even when it comes to being a parent. Let’s “remember the umbilical cord” the next time we are pulled to making much ado about something that really could be as easy as three little words…if we approach it that way.

Suzanne, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003, Suzanne owns a holistic health center in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne offers life coaching as Zen Mommy Coach.



  1. The advice of my doctor was to keep it clean and dry. Cleaning it with water will do. It will heal on its own.

  2. yes. so simple! 3 words… “clean and dry”!@!! ;p were it that every parenting how to was this simple. ;p