Hi, everyone! I wanted to pass these along before I forgot... These are two new things that have been added to our midwife's repertoire of baby care since we birthed with her last, and they're great!
(1) Goldenseal Powder instead of alcohol for cord care - This stuff is AMAZING! You only really need to apply it once a day, and it is instant and powerful - much, much better than alcohol. You only need about a teaspoon of the stuff for the life of the cord - apply with Q-tip.
(2) Olive oil for baby's diaper area - This prevents meconium, baby's first bowel movement, from sticking to baby's skin (which it generally does, with the tenacity of super-glue). Works like a charm!