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Chapter 1. What (or who) will my baby look like?
If there’s one thing a baby doesn’t look like, it’s a normal human being! Newborn babies are generally born with disproportionately large (and misshapen) heads, short legs and big toes. If you have your baby via the traditional route, the head can often be quite pointy, which is one cosmetic ‘benefit’ (for lack of a more suitable word) when having a caesarean.
Chapter 2. HEAD
Your baby will be born with a soft malleable skull, which helped with compressing enough to traverse the birth canal. It will take about four months for the rear portion of these soft spots, known as fontanelles, to close, and about 18 months for the front one.
Chapter 3. SKIN
“Newborn skin varies in appearance according to how many weeks pregnant you were when your baby was born. Premature babies have thin, transparent-looking skin and may be covered with lanugo, a fine, downy hair.” // www.babycenter.com.au
“Full-term and late babies will have only a few traces of vernix in the folds of their skin. Late babies may also have a slightly wrinkly appearance and very little, if any, lanugo.” // www.babycenter.com.au
One thing to look for on a newborn baby’s skin, are birthmarks. It could be anything from a mole, to off colored patches of skin. A common thing found in about 50% of babies, is milia, which are tiny white spots on their faces that can somewhat resemble small pimples. Don’t fear, these are only temporary.
Chapter 4. HAIR
Don’t be alarmed if you and your husband are both blonde and your baby comes out with a head of black hair, or vice versa, as hair colour can depend on previous generations of genes in the families. The fact is, the colour of the hair your baby is born with really might mean nothing in the long term. over time your baby’s hair will change to its more permanent color.
Chapter 5. EYES
A baby’s eye color might not be fully revealed until they’re a few months old. When born, babies typically have dark blue eyes. The first exposure to light for your baby’s eyes will quickly change the initial perceived color.
“Most African and Asian babies usually have dark grey or brown eyes at birth, their dark eyes becoming a true brown or black after the first six months or year. Mixed race children can have a variety of different eye colours. It’s even possible for babies to be born with eyes of two different colours, although this is rare.” // www.babycenter.com.au
And now, here is what you might expect to see when your little one leaves the womb for the big wide world!