I was lurking on the May board, and I thought I would share... someone mentioned that they are cleaning the umbilical cord with alcohol. - Just a word on the cord... With my first we used the alcohol pads (were told to use them) and that silly cord got all nasty and took forever to fall off (because it wouldn't dry up). When it did fall off it was bloody. When we had my second they said, they don't recommend using the alcohol anymore. Just leave the thing alone. The cord dried up, and fell off within 5 days!! No issues what so ever. We have not used alcohol since, and the cord has always dried up in about a weeks time and fallen off without issue (right around 1 week). So, I'm not sure what all is being recommended out there anymore, but I thought I would share what we do, as it seems to work well.