Moms Are Turning Their Babies’ Umbilical Stumps Into Jewelry, And People Have Strong Opinions

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

As soon as a baby is born, the first thing that happens is someone cuts the umbilical cord. Sometimes it’s a doctor who does this, while other times it’s the woman’s partner or the baby’s other parent.

For anyone who doesn’t know, the umbilical cord transports nutrients to the baby while it’s still in the womb. The umbilical cord attaches to the baby’s belly on one end and to the placenta on the other end.

Once the baby is born, the cord is clamped and cut. The umbilical stump stays attached to the baby’s belly for a few weeks before falling off on its own. Typically, as the stump dries out, it darkens in color, eventually shriveling and turning black before falling off.

While many parents simply dispose of the umbilical stump, some decide to save it as a way to remember their baby’s first few weeks in the world and the baby’s connection to the mother while inside the womb.

umbilical cord

When babies are born, the first thing that often happens is the cutting of the umbilical cord. Sometimes it’s a doctor or nurse who cuts the cord, and other times a parent cuts the cord.

cord stump

Once the cord is cut, the newborn baby is left with an umbilical stump.

baby boy

The stump dries out and shrivels up over the first few weeks of the baby’s life, then eventually falls off.

umbilical stump

Once the stump falls off, the belly button is left behind. Many parents just dispose of the stump, but others choose to save it as a keepsake.


For years, parents have saved their kids’ umbilical stumps in jewelry boxes — but now some moms have gone one step further.


Some mothers are turning their babies’ umbilical cord stumps into jewelry!

umbilical stump necklace

This necklace is made out of sterling silver and an umbilical stump cast in resin. This handmade piece was cast by the mom herself!

breastmilk umbilical stump

Some moms are combining their babies’ umbilical stumps with their own breastmilk to make other unique pieces, like this ring.


Still others add even more elements, like their baby’s first hair clippings.

stump hand

While some people think these pieces of umbilical-stump jewelry are gross, others think they’re unique and touching mementos.

ring bead

Supporters of this type of jewelry think it’s a beautiful idea. Some parents wish they’d saved their kids’ umbilical stumps so they could do this, too.

stump umbilical

Of course, some people are grossed out by the whole concept — after all, it’s a shriveled piece of your baby’s body that fell off.

sparkly ring

This type of jewelry might not be for everyone, but it’s definitely one of a kind.

heart necklace

Would you ever wear a piece of jewelry made out of your child’s umbilical stump?