It’s possible that you only considered the ‘cute’ traits and behaviors associated with a newborn infant before having one of your own. However, your little bundle of joy will have a variety of eccentricities that no one has warned you about. Don’t be concerned! The majority of these will be entirely natural and will not cause you to lose sleep. Here are ten facts you probably didn’t know about newborns.
1.Babies’ heads can be unusually shaped.
You’ve certainly seen the picture-perfect delivery in a movie or on TV, where a mother cradles her infant and caresses its perfectly round head. This, on the other hand, seems improbable. Do not be worried if your baby has a cone-shaped head when they arrive! Keep in mind that they’ve been stuck in your pelvis for a long time, and your baby’s skull actually contains apertures to allow for this very moment. Nature has done a fantastic job with this one. This temporary bending of the skull is completely natural and protects against brain injury and skull damage.
2. Sneezing is a common occurrence among babies.
Sneezing is common in newborn. This isn’t because they’re sick or have a cold; it’s simply their body’s normal technique of removing congestion from their nasal passages. When a baby’s nostrils lock up temporarily due to being snuggled up against their mother or father while napping, a sneeze can help open them up again.
3. Dry skin affects babies.
The majority of people believe that newborns’ skin is soft and velvety. This is correct, but not immediately. In many ways, the journey from a mother’s womb to the outdoor air is difficult for babies, and their skin must adjust as well. During pregnancy, your baby is shielded by vernix, a white waxy layer. The vernix is scraped away after delivery, leaving their skin vulnerable to drying and peeling. This early flaky skin is most noticeable on your baby’s hands and feet, but it can also affect the rest of their body.
4. Lip Blisters Are Common In Babies
You might notice that your baby develops a blister on their lip or is delivered with one. Don’t be concerned. This excessive skin growth is just a result of the baby sucking on a breast, a bottle, or even their thumb while still in the womb. The callus will not bother your infant and will normally fade away over the course of a few months.
5. Babies are quite jumpy.
You’d be if you’d spent months wrapped up inside a womb, wouldn’t you? Your baby suddenly has all the freedom in the world to roam around and hasn’t quite figured out how to manage their body in this new environment. Babies also have a startle reaction, which causes them to fling out their hands if they feel like they’re falling or frightened. This is a very normal component of your baby’s growth and will fade away after about three months.
6. Babies are always hungry.
The sheer volume of consumption from a baby might be astounding, which isn’t something that goes unnoticed. The reason a baby has to eat so frequently is to fuel their rapid growth, and it’s also nature’s method of ensuring you’re producing enough milk if you’re breastfeeding. Breast-fed babies will often eat more than formula-fed babies because breast milk is more readily absorbed. It’s important to understand that feeding will be busiest during growth spurts, which will occur in stages over the first year or two of your baby’s development.
7. Babies Can Get Cold Feet (And Hands)
You may notice that your infant has cold feet and hands in the literal sense of the word. In fact, when compared to their torso or head, they might be exceedingly frigid. The reason for this is that your baby’s circulatory system is still developing, and blood is pumped to the most crucial parts first, such as the vital organs. There’s no need to panic and crank up the heat or wrap them in blankets; in approximately three months, your baby’s circulation will improve and they’ll be able to comfortably reach their exteriors.
8. Unusual Breathing Patterns in Babies
It’s something that all new parents do. Several times a night, they check on their baby in the cot to make sure he or she is still breathing. It’s perfectly understandable, and it’s a natural instinct that we shouldn’t fight as parents. When your baby’s breathing becomes excessively rapid, or even pauses for a few seconds before restarting, worry can set in. Babies’ breathing patterns are erratic as a result of their diaphragm and nervous system development. After around 6 weeks, you should notice more normal breathing.
9. Babies Have Yellow Poop
Yes, dealing with the diaper is one of the less exciting aspects of parenthood. Breast-fed newborns have watery, yellowish feces, which might be concerning to new parents. However, this is totally normal, especially in the first several weeks. New parents may be concerned about the frequency of their child’s bowel movements, but as long as your child is eating well and gaining weight, this is normal.
10. It’s Difficult To Distinguish Between Babies’ Cries
The many ‘types’ of newborn screams have gotten a lot of attention. It’s their only means of communication at this age, and they’re either hungry, dirty, or in pain. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t tell the difference between these cries at first; it’s not simple. As you become more familiar with your baby’s schedule and habits, you will gradually gain a better understanding of what he or she need.
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