8 Surprising (but Normal) Things You May Notice About Your Newborn

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8 Surprising (but Normal) Things You May Notice About Your Newborn

We think we are prepared. The onesies are washed and put away in the drawers, the nursery is painted and ready, and the car seat is installed in the backseat, but once that baby comes, we realize just how much we don’t know!

Here are a few tips about newborns so you are not caught off guard.

1. Newborns have two soft spots on their head.

Don’t be alarmed. Soft spots, also called fontanels, are not as scary as they seem. He will have one on the top of his head and a smaller one near the back of his head. Soft spots exist so that his skull can be flexible through the narrow birth canal. You cannot hurt him if you touch his soft spots. A thick protective membrane is under his skin protecting his brain. Soft spots will fill in as his skull grows and comes together over the next several months. The small one near the back of his head will close around eight weeks and the one of top of his head will close between twelve and eighteen months.

2. Some parts of your newborn’s body will be covered with a thin layer of dark hair called lanugo.

This occurs in early gestation when she doesn’t have enough body fat to keep her warm. The hair helps her to regulate her body temperature while in utero and most babies are born with parts of it still remaining. This hair will fall off over the first two months.

3. Newborns do not “sleep like a baby.”

He will make grunting noises in his sleep, squirm around a lot, grimace and even show the startle reflex for no apparent reason. You will also hear very irregular breathing (see number 4 below). This is no cause for alarm. The startle reflex and facial grimaces can be a response to an internal stimuli such as a little belly gurgle or gas. Newborns are very sensitive and they are not calm, quiet sleepers yet.

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4. It may seem like your newborn is out of breath or not breathing at all.

Newborns to not have a coordinated respiration system. Their average breaths per minute is 30-60 (while an adult’s is 12-20) so newborns may always seem to be breathing heavily. While sleeping, newborns may breathe even more rapidly and unevenly. They may take several very shallow, quick breaths, followed by a pause when they are not breathing at all. Don’t panic. It is normal for their breathing to be very irregular.

5. Newborns may be cross-eyed.

The tiny muscles around their eyes are not coordinated at birth. Those muscles need to develop just like all the other muscles in their body. Their eyes won’t be able to work in unison until those muscles strengthen and learn to work together. Newborns are also very near-sighted. They can best see things that are about ten to 12 inches from their face and because the rods and cones in their eyes are not yet developed, they cannot see all the colors of the spectrum. They can see contrasting colors such as black and white and red at birth. A playing card is a great visually stimulating thing for a baby. Put a three of hearts or a six of spades in front of his face and get him to focus on it, then begin to move it in a slow arc and see if he can follow it. He should be able to do this by around four weeks of age.

6. Newborns may have swollen breast tissue.

You will notice that newborn girls (and sometimes boys as well) will have slightly swollen breasts. This is because of mom’s hormones in the womb and breast milk and it usually goes away after the first several months.

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7. Newborn skin is not picture perfect.

Newborns often have tiny white spots called milia or milk spots on their face and they are caused by immature sweat glands. There is nothing you need to do about this. These spots usually go away after a few weeks. Newborns also have peeling and flaking skin. They are born with a waxy coating on their skin called vernix. As this comes off with baths, his skin will look flaky and dry and may even crack around his joints. It does not hurt him and you don’t need to use lotion on his skin. This will resolve after a few weeks.

8. Newborns appear to have a hollow chest.

Our sternum (breastbone) is made up of three parts and you can really see this on a newborn because the immature muscles make it look hollow. You may notice a small indentation in the middle of her chest. As she grows and the muscles mature, this indentation will disappear.

These are just a few things that you will learn about your newborn. When you meet your new little bundle, you will learn more than you ever imagined you could.

About the Author /

Dr. Aimee Ketchum is a pediatric occupational therapist and has been working in pediatrics for 20 years. Ketchum works in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at UPMC Pinnacle Hospital and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. Ketchum is also the owner/operator of Aimee’s Babies LLC, a child development company.

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💜 How to Show Love to Your Partner in Labor 💜⁠
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Giving birth is a labor of love—with extra emphasis on the hard work behind the word "labor". It’s a time where anything goes, the best laid plans can be instantly reversed, and no one minds if a few swear words slip out now and then. The end result of a new baby in arms isn’t the only showcase of love, however. Oftentimes, the love shown between the partners is just as tear-jerking as the birth of the baby.⁠
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How can partners create a positive birth environment by bringing a little love into things? Here are some ways each partner can show love to the other during labor. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
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Sorry, kiddo. It looks like it’s gone. 🤷‍♀️😈⁠
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It's a very real struggle that many mothers go thr It's a very real struggle that many mothers go through.⁠ 😔⁠
(quote via @psychedmommy)⁠
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❤️ How Giving Birth Made Me Love My Body ❤️⁠
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The act of giving birth is far from easy, especially, as a first-time mom. You've spent 9 months watching your body go through changes, some of which you probably never anticipated! All leading you to the one BIG day, the day you give birth to your beautiful baby. If there's one thing I learned through the act of birth, it showed me a new appreciation and love for my body.⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading}⁠
📷: @katie_newnham⁠
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#birth #thisispostpartum #postpartum #postpartumlife #selflove #honestlymothering #motherhoodunplugged  #motherhood #mothering #momlife #newmom #4thtrimester #fourthtrimester #postnatal #babychick #mommychick #motherhoodthroughinstagram #mumlife #mommylife #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣
Say it lower for the people in the back!! 🗣️🔈⁠
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MOTHERHOOD IS NOT A COMPETITION. So stop making it one! It isn't a race to have the smartest kids or the cleanest house. (Seriously, when is the last time you even noticed someone's clean or dirty baseboards? 🤷‍♀️) Motherhood is a JOURNEY. And guess what? We're all on it and we all are just trying to accomplish the same thing. To raise happy, healthy humans that love us even half as much as we love them.⁠
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So, you want to make all of those cute Pinterest crafts? Seriously, HAVE AT IT. You rock!⁠
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You're the least crafty person alive and don't even bother trying? You rock too!⁠
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You breastfed your kid until they were 5? AMAZING!⁠
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You somehow managed to budget in formula (seriously, is that stuff made of freaking ground up diamonds?) and a billion bottles for your baby to make sure they were still healthy and had a fully belly? YOU GO MAMA!⁠
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You don't have to agree with everything another mom does, but I think it would do us some good to remember that we're all just trying our best. We're all in this together. Momming is hard. So let's not make it harder by judging each other and comparing apples and oranges. 🍎🍊⁠
Words & 📷: @raisinglittleliebes⁠
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The perfect combination of #selfcare and female he The perfect combination of #selfcare and female health education via @moodymonth 💅 nails by @ohriginails⁠
Design inspired by @duvet_days⁠
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📷: @pinkieandthebeard⁠
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Please tell me I'm not the only one. 🙈😂⁠ ( Please tell me I'm not the only one. 🙈😂⁠
(quote via @wivesnightin)⁠
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Just to let you know. 😘⁠ 📷: @prefacingmoth Just to let you know. 😘⁠
📷: @prefacingmotherhood⁠
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