Each newborn baby comes with new joys for those around. At delivery, the nurses and doctor would smile widely and say ” Meet your new daughter”, or ” Meet your new son”.
You receive your little bundle of joy with wide smiles –
” Isn’t he/she the cutest?”,
“She is beautiful! She looks like you honey!”
“Handsome little guy isn’t he?!”
Aaand, the inspection commences!
” Oooh! look at these tiny toes”,
And then you notice the dark patches on your precious baby’s foot from the big toe up, oh! it’s on the other foot too and went looking, tummy, back, etc.
Maybe they are birth marks….. better ask the nurse!
Here are a few things that don’t add up when you first set eyes on your baby.
- Your newborn is wet and and cheesy looking – this will be cleaned and dried off.
- Pointy head, this came from passing through the birth canal -this is temporary and would round off in a few weeks.
- Looks scrunched up, legs and arms were bent at the knees and elbows in the womb -this will grow out in a few months .
- Blotches, spots, a purplish tinge is normal -this would clear up in a few days.
- Some babies might be covered in a fine hair called Lanugo – this will come off in a week or two.
Sometime in the next 12 hours after birth the doctor will examine your baby to make sure that all the weird looks are normal.
Remember your baby will change a lot over the next few weeks of growing
In any case we all just have to be sure, with that in mind here are a few websites that I have been following.
- Newborn (babyzone.com)
- Top 100 Newborn Essentials – Car seats, toys, clothes, and more baby gear (babble.com)
- A First Look at Your Newborn After Delivery (enfamil.com)
- Newborn Care: Risk and Benefits of Swaddling a Baby (pediatrics.answers.com)