Life after delivery has a bit of a learning curve to say the least. If you're a first time mom, learning to feed, clothe, change, wash, and generally care for a tiny human is a lot to handle. One question many first-time moms have in those first few days is how long it takes for baby's belly button to fall off after birth. It's an interesting question. Mainly because what moms refer to as the "belly button" is actually remnants from the umbilical cord. Once that gets cleared up, knowing when these remnants fall off and how to care for them until they do is one of those "rite of passage" skills every new mom has to learn.
The umbilical cord is your baby's literal lifeline during pregnancy, but once they enter the "real world" its no longer needed. So the doctors (or maybe your partner) will cut and clamp the cord, leaving a small stump behind. The stump is a bit like a wound, requiring special care and attention so that it doesn't get infected or irritated.
According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), the cord stump usually takes up to two weeks to fall off. Until it does however, here are some tips for keeping it clean and healthy.