Newborns may be tiny, but the amount of mess they produce is near-phenomenal. Besides the obvious, spit-up is another common laundry problem to which you must attend–but is usually normal, and disappears as your little one grows.
The soft spot on your newborn’s head can be pretty freaky; it can also ratchet up the new parent paranoia exponentially–another notch up for every bulging pulse of the spot (in time with your baby’s heartbeat). Nevertheless, it’s a completely normal, natural feature, with important functions; and, more reassuringly, it won’t stick around for long.
Newborns love sleep–no, they really do–except that their version of shuteye is nowhere near the brand we’ve come to cherish with age and a bygone youth of partying: newbie infants should be clocking up between 14 and 17 hours of sleep per day, but this happens only in chunks of around 2 hours (or less!)–their tiny bellies digest and empty fast, so they need to wake frequently to refuel. So, you need to balance the need to feed with the all-important zzz’s; for a happy, healthy bub, and a household not held captive by an overtired, rage-y baby. The trick? Get ’em to bed the minute you spot the telltale sleepy signs.
This one-pot wonder isn’t just brilliant because it means less washing up–it’s also supremely easy (and deliciously more-ish, too). So, if the dinner table cries encore, you can literally have it ready in a 15 minute flash.
Picturing what your little baking bun is going to look like is by far the best guessing game–and the nine month wait certainly leaves enough time to play with all possibilities. But there is, of course, a science behind your baby’s unique composite of features; so you can usually get at least a fuzzy image of bubs before you meet her (although Nature does have a penchant for surprises). Here’s how five of the most common genetic traits work.