It’s very likely that your baby won’t meet certain expectations, as all mothers and fathers tend to idealise motherhood and our little new family member. This is very normal, although the opposite may also be true, in any case, at Ride&GoBaby we will try to tell you the first impression we have of our baby and why.
When our baby is born, it looks very different from what we expected. It will seem smaller than you imagined, and very vulnerable. Sometimes its head is a little deformed, and its body covered by a white, fatty substance called vernix. His organic systems are still not working effectively, and you’ll notice spots, stains and colour changes that are perfectly normal. Ask your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns. They’ll reassure you straight away. You may love your baby immediately, but if that doesn’t happen, give yourself time. Once you get to know your baby and learn how to care for and handle him or her, when you discover that he or she responds and calms down to the sound of your voice, the love will grow spontaneously.
The head and its deformity is often due to the compression of childbirth. It should return to normal in two weeks. At the top of the head is a soft spot (fontanel), where the bones of the skull have not yet joined together. It will close at 18 months.
The eyes are clear at birth. Its final colour does not become established until the sixth month. The eyelids are usually swollen from the compression of the birth, but this is a problem for the doctor or midwife, because sometimes there is an infection. Strabismus is common. The baby sometimes squints in the first few months.
The tongue may be stuck to the bottom of the mouth, so that it seems to split slightly when it is pulled out. The tip will grow forward in the first year.
The hands and feet may be blue because the child’s circulation is not working well. If you change the baby’s position, they should turn pink. The nails are often long at birth.
The baby’s breasts may be swollen and even leak a little milk. This is perfectly normal for both sexes. The swelling goes down within two days; don’t squeeze the milk.
The genitals appear very large, in both sexes. The girl may have a vaginal discharge caused by the mother’s hormones; this will soon disappear. A boy’s testicles are often raised in the groin; consult your doctor if you are concerned.