Congratulations on bringing a new life into the
world! It is exciting to watch your new baby grow
and change from day to day. It is normal for new
parents to wonder if they are doing things
correctly, or to wonder if their baby is normal
and healthy. The following are general tips for
the care of your baby in the first few weeks of life.
Please feel free to ask questions while you are in
the hospital or call the Warm-Line during baby’s
first six weeks. Remember, you should always call
your health care provider if you have any serious
concerns about your baby.
As you look at your baby, you
may see some features that
are common and normal in
How Your Newborn Looks
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• Full-term babies usually weigh between 51/2 and 10 pounds at
birth and are between 18 and 22 inches long.
• During labor and delivery, the baby’s head may become long
and cone shaped to fit through the birth canal. This is called
“molding.” Molding is normal, and your baby’s head will be-
come round in a few days. You may notice a small scab on the
baby’s head from an internal monitor. This heals in a few days.
Infants usually have grayish-blue or grayish-brown eyes at
birth. An infant’s true eye color may not be known for several
months. Tear ducts are small at birth. Tears are usually not
produced in noticeable amounts with crying until the baby is
one to two months of age. The eyelids may be swollen from
pressure during delivery. A normal newborn’s eyes may cross
once in a while during the first few weeks of life.
• Your baby has soft spots (fontanels) on the front and back of
the head formed by the gap between the bones of the skull.
Both fontanels are covered by a tough membrane and can’t be
damaged by shampooing, brushing or gently touching your
baby’s head. It is normal to see it moving up and down as your
baby feeds or cries. It should not look sunken or bulging at