People always say "babies don't keep," and that statement is true. The little newborn swaddled tightly like a burrito with his sweet loud sleeping sounds will be growing up with the blink of an eye.
By the time baby turns three months, that newborn baby will be looking and acting a whole lot different than those first weeks. Not only will the baby's sleeping and eating patterns have changed, hopefully for the better, but certain physical features will change as well.
Most of the changes that babies go through during the first few months of life are good things. They will, over the course of those months, go through some serious growing pains and recover from some of the trauma of birth.
However, despite the appearance of things, most of the changes that babies go through to get to the three month milestones are not as painful or uncomfortable as they might look. For instance, that teenager skin baby's may get after a few weeks of life looks worse than it actually is, and will be gone within no time.
Here is a list of 20 changes that a new little bundle of joy may face before they reach their 3 month birthday that new parents may need to know.
22 A Large And Pointy Head
Worried about the shape of your newborn's head? Don't be! There are several reasons your new little one's head might look a little pointy and strange, but most of the time that doesn't last.
Newborns are born top heavy. Sometimes their heads look to large for their bodies and actually make up a quarter of their entire bodies at birth.
For mama's who have had a vaginal delivery especially if you had to push for a while, your newborn's head might look a little pointy at birth. Don't worry though, it won't last long and your baby's head will be round and perfect in no time.
21 A Squished Little Nose
Not only can your wee one's nose get a little squished during delivery, which will also straighten out, but it can also make some pretty scary noises that might freak a new mama out.
Newborns typically breathe through their noses, which are still very narrow and don't allow for much to get through. Sometimes, new babies have small amounts of mucus in their noses, which makes it sound like they are having difficulty breathing due to congestion.
In most cases, they don't really have a cold like it sounds. Most doctors will suggest using a syringe to help reduce the amount of mucus in the baby's nose.
20 Teenage Skin
Also known as Miliara, infant acne may make your new little one look more like a teenager than a baby. Baby acne is very common and not preventable, and usually doesn't do any scaring and looks more painful than it is.
Baby acne usually shows up on the face, but can also appear in other areas of the body. It usually begins to appear about two to four weeks after the baby is born.
Unfortunately, there isn't really a way to get rid of baby acne, it just has to run its course. Just care for your baby's skin as normal.
19 Cradle Cap
Cradle cap can be a little bit scary for new parents who don't expect it. The severity of hair loss and cradle cap varies, and some babies don't get either at all.
Cradle cap is a red or yellowish oily skin that can be in crusty patches or scaly. Some may just look like dandruff, but in more extreme cases, it will look a little scary.
Sometimes it doesn't just appear on the head, but on the eyebrows and ears as well. Though it looks like it, cradle cap is not painful. The cause is unknown, but the best way to treat it is bath baby only once per day, use a soft brush, use a specialized shampoo and baby oil, and try a humidifier.
18 Change In Skin Color
Newborn baby's skin is very thin at birth. Most babies, even non-Caucasian babies, look pale or pinkish due to the blood vessels directly under the thin skin. They're also covered in several different fluids at birth, though those will be washed off after birth.
"Mottling" of the skin is a pattern of small red and pale areas, which occurs because of the lack of blood circulation at the surface. This can also cause blueness in the hands, feet, and lips.
The skin will also begin to flake shortly after birth, but that doesn't require any attention either.
17 The Startle Reflex
The Moro Reflex, also known as the startle reflex can be one of the most difficult newborn characteristics to deal with. It's one of the worst obstacles when it comes to putting the baby to sleep.
This reflex is when the baby has a sensation of falling or startled by a loud noise. There are a few tips, other than waiting it out, that can help you survive the startle reflex.
One of the ways to survive is by swaddling your baby tightly. This helps your baby feel safe and secure by mimicking the womb. The other tip is to keep your baby close to your own body while they fall asleep.
16 Puffy Eyes And Cheeks
The swelling of the newborn's eyes is actually more interesting than it seems. It may make the baby look a little strange or even sleepy at first, but it does serve a purpose.
Some expert's theory is that the swelling of the eyes is not only because of the trauma of birth, and the crazy journey they had in the womb, but also because it helps them adjust to the light that they are being exposed to for the first time.
The swelling won't last long and it won't interfere with the baby learning to see things for the first time. He can still see blurry new faces at birth.
15 Slightly Bent Ears
If you've had a baby then you know the tight conditions of the womb, especially nearing the end. The crowded conditions your baby lives in is pretty tight and there isn't a ton of wiggle room.
This tight space means that baby's ears can get bend. The more the baby grows the more his ears can bend and an ear that gets pushed forward can stay that way until birth.
This is only temporary and most likely the babies ears will shapen out in no time. It also doesn't affect the baby's hearing ability. They will be able to recognize your voice right away!
14 White Spots In The Mouth
When your new little bundle of joy opens his little mouth to yawn so adorably, don't be alarmed if you see some small white spots on the tongue or roof of the mouth.
These small white spots are often called "Epstein's pearls" and "gingival cysts." The National Health Institutes of Health reported that about 80 percent of infants develop them. They usually disappear in one to two months.
The good news is that no matter how icky or painful these little white spots look, they don't cause the baby any pain.
13 A Small Or large Chest
There are a couple of things about your newborn's chest that might scare you at first. A newborn's chest wall is very thin, which makes the baby's heartbeat and breathing very audible.
A newborn's chest can also seem to be enlarged. The estrogen hormone that the mother passes on to the fetus can cause the baby's chest to feel larger than may seem normal, as well as feel small disc-shaped lumps and tissue beneath their nipples.
Though this may seem strange and alarming, in most cases there is no cause for concern and they will disappear on their own.
12 Acne, Heat Rashes, And Chicken Skin
Rashes are another extremely common occurrences in newborns that we are sometimes not prepared for. Though these rashes cause parents concern, most are benign and will disappear on their own not long after birth.
Most baby rashes are harmless. They will usually go away on their own, or with making some minor changes, like in laundry detergent or soap.
A couple common rashes are baby acne, heat rash, and "chicken skin," which looks like goosebumps. Some that require attention are eczema, nappy rash, hives and ringworm.
11 Sweet Sucking Reflexes
Newborns have several primitive reflexes that they will eventually loose. The "suck reflex" helps the baby become ready to suck a bottle or nurse.
When the roof of the baby's mouth is touched, he becomes ready to suck. The rooting reflex also helps them become ready to suck.
The reflex actually begins in the womb around the 32nd week of pregnancy but isn't fully developed until about the 36th week. The sucking reflex is also why babies tend to suck on their hands and why a pacifier can help soothe them.
10 Pigeon-Toed Feet
If your new little one's feet look somewhat pigeon-toed, there is no cause to worry. It won't last long. Just like with some of the other symptoms, when your baby was snug so tight in the womb, his feet may have curled up a bit.
It's completely normal if at birth a for weeks after your baby's feet look pigeon-toed. He may also appear to be missing arches in his feet for some time as well.
Neither of these symptoms is any cause for concern. Your baby's little feet will straighten out in no time and his arch will appear out of the baby fat soon.
9 Wrinkles And Underlying Vessels
That sweet soft newborn skin may look a little transparent and wrinkle after birth. After his first bath and all of the fluids from birth are washed off, these things will become more evident but are completely normal.
The baby's new delicate skin will show underlying blood vessels and appear to be pinkish. It will also appear wrinkly because he spent 9 months in fluid. Once the baby is exposed to dry air combined with dehydration after birth, he will have some wrinkles.
These symptoms disappear soon after birth and baby will begin to fill out and get some baby fat on that skin.
8 Hair Loss And Regrowth
Your baby's hair might change drastically from what it looked like at birth, but sometimes it doesn't. I have two boys and one's hair fell completely out by 2 months, while the others never did.
If your baby is anything like my first, they may experience full hair loss within the first couple months of life. Your baby may go from a full head of luscious locks to completely bald.
Newborn hair loss is no cause for concern though. Some experts link it to a response to plummeting pregnancy hormones. This hair loss will happen to most mamas too. It's a phase called "telogen" which is also caused by the same hormone decline.
7 Changes In Eye Color
A baby's eyes can go through several changes in the first few months of life and their true color may not even appear until between 6 and 12 months.
Most Caucasian babies are born with blue eyes that go through these changes before they turn their real color. Darker skinned babies are usually born with brown eyes which will become darker or lighter shades of brown.
Their eyes will also seem to cross a lot for the first six weeks because they are learning how to focus on objects. It's suggested that to help with this you purposefully hold the baby in an upright position for periods of time.
6 Unpredictable Eating Habits
A baby's eating habits will change countless times, unfortunately. Most newborns need to eat at least twelve times a day, whether you're nursing or using formula. Your newborn won't always eat the same amount every day, and during growth spurts, it will be even more.
They will need to eat at least every 2 to 3 hours, but, unfortunately, this all varies, especially with nursing mothers. As the baby grows the amount of milk and the timing will all change, especially within the first three months.
As your baby grows, he will need more milk, but, thankfully, it will be through fewer feedings.
5 Less Shut-Eye
Unfortunately, and probably most obviously, your baby's sleeping habits are about to make some sleepy parents. For especially the first three months, the baby's will be up to eat often. Because of your newborn's small stomach, they can't hold much food for long.
Not only will the baby be up to eat, they may even get their days and nights mixed up as well. Most newborns will sleep between 8 and 9 hours during the day and the same at night. It won't be until at least three months of age that they'll sleep much less.
Around three months old your baby will hopefully turn a corner and get at least near through the night.
4 The Color Of The Diaper Will Change
Your newborn's diapers may start to look a little bit different after the first couple of weeks. If you're still cleaning black and tarry stools after the first couple of days, you may want to talk to your pediatrician.
According to the Mayoclinic.org, a newborn's stools are only black and tar-like for the first few days after birth, then they change to a yellow-green color. Then they will change to a yellow mustard color.
For formula fed babies, their stools will go through another change and become more of a yellow-tan color. After introducing solids, your baby's diapers will change even more!
3 Sweet Smiles And Coos
One of the best and most rewarding changes is when your baby starts to smile and coo, and not just in their sleep. It makes all of those difficult changes totally worth it.
Your baby will start to smile anywhere from 5 to 7 weeks, and according to Betterhealth.gov, around your babies, 8 week birthday is when he will discover new noises and sounds that he can make. They will begin to make noises back and you and seem to be talking to you as well.
Another milestone to look forward to is around the three month mark, when your baby will be to be able to laugh.
2 Eyes Will Move Together
Your baby's eyes are constantly changing and adapting to life outside the womb. Especially in the first three months, the baby's eye muscles will grow and get stronger.
In the first couple of months, babies can see bright lights, colors, and patterns, and are attracted to them. As they grow, they become less like fuzzy objects and more in focus.
The first thing that babies recognize is human faces. They begin to become familiar with faces and people, and other things like their teddy bears or toys. Around two months is a good time to implement colorful things like mobiles and play mats.
1 Hands And Feet In The Air
Before 8 weeks infants have no control over their movements. A newborn's physical activity is because of reflexes and is involuntary.
Another fun and exciting, and obviously adorable, milestone is when babies begin to use their bodies more. Around 8 weeks your baby will likely be able to lift his head and kick his legs. Tummy Time is perfect to develop these muscles.
By baby's third month, they can usually wave their hands and feet in the air and, even though their fists are still clenched, they may begin to wave them toward objects.
References: Stanfordchildrens.org, Mayoclinic.org, Betterhealth.gov, Lifestyle.com, Whattoexpect.com, Kidshealth.org