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Newborns are so small, cute, and innocent. But somethings you may not expect when going into motherhood… In fact, some stuff that newborns do is just downright weird! And pretty gross at times. But hey, that’s motherhood for ya! So, here is a list of weird things that newborns do that are normal!
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Weird Things that Happens With Newborn Babies
Lots of Spit Up
Both breastfeed and formula feed babies will spit up. ALOT. It can be after some and even ALL feedings! I remember how my little baby use to spit up ALL. THE. TIME. I went through multiple shirts a day cause I would always end up getting puke on me (I could never get the burp rag there in time lol). The reason for all this spit up? Since it’s still developing, their immature digestive tracts are causing them to have reflux. So as long as your baby is growing, gaining weight, and they’re not projectile vomiting after every feeding, your pukey baby should be nothing to worry about!
This one is no joke! I DID NOT EXPECT THIS TO HAPPEN. AT ALL. I have no idea why this happens. But when my baby was a newborn, almost every single diaper change I was dodging poop. And there were plenty of times where I was cleaning it off of tables, chairs, floors, walls, ME, you name it! So I warn you now. Get prepared for some “explosive” poop Mama.
Watch Out for that Pee
It’s not just the poop you gotta be prepared for! Pee can catch ya off guard too! You’ve probably heard of how baby boys will pee while changing their diaper. BUT baby girls can have projectile pee when you’re changing them too.
I remember how crossed eyed my little one would get… And I mean it was funny at times but I also thought…”What’s wrong with my baby’s eyes? Is this normal? Is something wrong? Do I need to get baby glasses?!”. Well, it turns out during the first few months of life, it’s totally normal for newborns eyes to wander and go cross-eyed! Who knew? Over time though they’ll start gaining more muscle control and they’ll be able to focus much better!
I’ll be honest. After my baby was born and I saw it happen the first time I was like “Woah what..that was freaky”. But the nurse reassured me that these jerky movements were normal with newborns. It’s just part of the process baby goes through when learning and going through the many many different changes after birth. But it can still kinda take you off guard a little bit even after you DO know. But if you ever feel like it’s something more, like you think your baby had a seizure. Contact your doctor asap.
Eye Color May Change
Those baby blues will eventually change over time. I mean they could, of course, still, have blue eyes or they could change into green! So why do babies eye color change in the first place? Why aren’t they born with the color it’s supposed to be? WELL, at birth babies don’t have much or none at all of melanin. And the amount of melanin you have determines the color of your skin, hair, and EYES! The more melanin you have the darker the color. As baby gets older though they will develop more melanin.
Baby Breasts & Mini Periods
Yes, as weird as this sounds, your baby could possibly develop the appearance of breasts and may also get swollen genitals. Your baby girl could even get a “mini period”. Now, this does sound concerning but it’s actually pretty normal for this to happen to newborn babies. You see all those hormones you had coursing through you during pregnancy transferred to your baby. And now they’re just experiencing the side effects of it.
What’s Happening to My Baby’s Skin
Newborn babies can have LOTS of skin issues. There’s cradles cap, baby acne, and skin peeling. It may get you thinking “What’s going on with my baby?!”. But no need to worry Momma! See newborn babies have very sensitive skin which may cause them to have baby ance. And being exposed to our dry air can make baby’s skin flaky and start to peel. Cradles cap is just this yellowish, dry flaky skin that they get on there scalp and eyebrows. But it’s just another one of those normal things that newborns do!
Why is my Newborn Hairy
I bet you’re probably thinking “How are babies hairy?? They don’t even have any hair!”. BUT newborn babies actually do have quite a bit more hair on their body. You’ll especially notice it on their backs (at least that’s where I noticed it the most on my baby). But this fine thin hair is called lanugo and covers the baby when they’re in the womb. It helps keep them warm until they have enough body fat under the skin.
Losing Weight After Birth
This is a concern a lot of parents come across after they’re baby is born. They’ll weigh at 7.3 lbs. earlier then weigh 7 lbs. later. But don’t freak out! This is all normal! The reason this happens is since babies are born with some extra fluids so in the first few days when they’re losing all that fluid they’ll drop a couple of ounces. To know more, can read this article here about newborn baby weight and weight loss.
That Newborn Baby Smell
If you haven’t noticed yet, newborn babies have a good but “special” smell to them. Researchers think that this newborn baby smell may be caused by leftover amniotic fluid or vernix caseosa. But that lovely new baby smell only lasts for about 6 weeks (Awe).
Remember Momma, all this crazy stuff (projectile poop, puking, baby boobies) is ALL temporary. It doesn’t last forever! And if you ever feel like something isn’t normal, have concerns, or feel like something is wrong don’t hesitate to call your doctor! You’re the Mom. You know what’s best.
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(Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor. I’m only a Mom who is going off of her own experiences and research. If you’d like to know more you can read my full disclaimer policy here.) What’s the weirdest thing that happened to your newborn baby? What are you most nervous about your newborn doing out of these weird things? Tell us below in the comments! And if you liked this post, give it a share! Thanks!