Baby's Head

Baby’s Head

  • Soft spots: There are two “soft spots” found one towards the front and one toward the back of the skull
  • May be cone shaped
  • May have swelling/discoloration from moving through birth canal
  • Hair loss is common

Baby’s Eyes

  • Color may change by six months of age
  • Eyelids may be swollen or often watery
  • Some blood on white part is normal and will usually resolve on its own
  • Many babies have some discharge from their eyes. Simply wipe with a clean warm cloth.
  • It will happen again, especially when the baby wakes from sleeping.

Baby’s Skin

  • Newborns are very prone to rashes, most of which are harmless
  • Ask the team at the hospital during the newborn period if you notice something on your baby’s skin
  • Most infants will develop some “baby acne” between 3- 6 weeks, which will resolve on its own
  • Diaper rashes are very common. Keep the area as clean and dry as possible. Make an appointment with your baby’s provider if you are concerned.

Baby’s Ears

  • May be soft and floppy
  • Will change over time

Baby’s Mouth

  • Small blister may appear from feeding; this will disappear when child begins drinking from a cup
  • May have white bumps along gum line
  • Uncommon to be born with teeth


  • Almost all babies will have hiccups for a month or so after birth, most commonly after eating. This is normal.

Sneezing and Stuffy Nose

  • Newborns also sneeze a lot to clear out the nose
  • This is also normal and doesn’t mean the baby is sick
  • Stuffy nose is very common and can be left alone if the baby is comfortable and able to eat and sleep


  • Both baby girls and baby boys are born with some of their mother’s hormones still in their bodies
  • As a result, breasts and genitals may appear swollen. If the breast tissue is bright red or hot to touch or painful, call your baby’s provider for appointment
  • Vaginal discharge is normal for baby girls
  • Baby boys may have a large scrotum (the pouch that holds the testicles) at birth