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Is special clothing required for baby until umbilical stump drops off?

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    Question Is special clothing required for baby until umbilical stump drops off?

    I've read that the umbilical stump can take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks to drop off. Will onesies (bodysuits) be uncomfortable/unsuitable for the baby until the umbilical stump drops off? Do you think I'd need to buy some looser fitting tops for the baby as well? Thanks in advance for your advice.

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    Onesies are ok. Just fold down the top of the diaper.

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    yep, nothing special required.

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    Nothing really special. I think some Newborn diapers are actually made with a notch for the stump but generally you don't need to worry about it that much.

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    Thanks for your replies Shenzhennifer, carang and penguinsix. This will be my first baby, so I am pretty clueless. I'm sure that this will be just one of the many silly questions to come!

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    I found onsies that open and have snaps on the side much easier to put on that the usual one that you have to put on through the head. Newborns have no head control, so it's hard to dress them anything through the head.

    My mother-in-law sent a lot of through the head onsies for my first. But my Chinese confinement lady refuse to dress my baby in that saying that it is inconvienent. This time around, with my second, I have stock up onsies that opens on the side for easy dressing.

    I also prepare long gowns that open in the front or has side straps ( Janpanese Monk gown) would cover their legs for the first few days or weeks. Because of the stump, newborns don't wear pants until it falls off.

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    To each their own, but I have had no problem dressing my 2 babies in over the head onesies. They don't need head control for that.
    After the second though, I do see the convenience of kimono style clothing for the newborns. But both my kids just wore onesies under footed pajamas for the first couple of months anyway. I never bought too many fancy outfits for them. Newborns look a bit ridiculous in them anyway, in my opinion:)

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    Carey, where do they sell Japanese-style monk gowns in HK? I've not seen any around.
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