Babies are cute; there’s no denying it. But our mental picture of what a baby “should” look like comes from glossy magazine photos of babies between six and nine months old. When your baby is born, he or she will look very different. Your newborn will also act different than older, more settled babies. Some of these natural adjustments to living outside the womb can concern parents. The top 10 list provides a head-to-toe guide to what’s normal for your newborn baby.
1. For starters, your baby, especially is she is your first born, may have a cone-shaped head after traveling through the birth canal. The bones of the skull are designed to ride over each other during labor; afterwards, the head gradually rounds down again. Labor can also cause swelling and bruising on the scalp, which resolve in the first weeks after birth.