The first few weeks of your newborn baby’s life are completely different than anything you have ever experienced before. They are so small, fragile, and yet they bring so much joy to your life.

Having a baby is a life-changing experience. It can be nerve-wracking. It can be exciting. It can be scary. It can bring up some difficult emotions, too. You might feel impatient or worry about how your body will change or what life will look like now that you have another human to take care of and feed and clothe and send off to school.

A newborn baby changes people in many ways. The parents are constantly in awe of the new life that they have created. They are constantly looking for ways to take care of their baby and ensure that it grows up happy and healthy. Here are 10 facts about having a newborn baby.


Body temperature. Newborn babies do not have control over their body temperature so you need to keep them warm with clothing, blankets, or swaddling.

The umbilical cord. It stump will dry up, shrivel, and fall off within 2 weeks after birth. This is called the vernix caseosa or vernix.

No tears. Newborns don’t produce tears until after one month old because they haven’t yet developed the lacrimal glands which produce tears.

They sleep a lot. Newborns will sleep 18-20 hours a day, which is about one-third of their lives!

Losing up birth weight. It’s normal for newborns to lose up to 10% of their birth weight within the first week after birth (typically 5% by the end of the first day).

Newborns will get 10 shots before they turn 1 year old. So, it’s important to keep track of when each shot was given and what it was for!

A baby’s heart beats at around 140-160 times per minute.

Babies have taste buds from birth. Your baby’s sense of taste is quite delicate at this age.

Irregular breathing in newborn babies is normal. It is common for newborns to experience irregular breathing patterns due to the developmental changes in their respiratory system. Some of these changes are due to the fact that babies are born with an underdeveloped diaphragm, which is the muscle that controls breathing.

Within a few years, some birthmarks will vanish.

Your newborn baby is a unique individual, who will grow up to be their own person. Babies are born with different features that are not only influenced by their parents but also have their own unique traits that they will have throughout life.

There are lots of facts about babies that you may not know, so it’s important to educate yourself on what you need to know before your baby arrives.