At birth, the approximate circumference of your baby’s head is 13.8inches. It is natural for your baby’s head to be bigger than their body and in time, they will grown into it. From the moment your child is born, till they reach the age of one, your child’s head and brain are constantly developing. The first year, immediately after your child is born, plays the most vital stages of your child’s internal development.
At the time of delivery, your baby’s head and skull are extremely fragile. It is quite soft, which is the only reason you can push them out of your womb with relative ease. Your baby’s head develops over the next few months into a perfect shape.
The fontanelle, or the soft spot in your child’s head, develops completely after the eighteenth month. Your baby has two soft spots that are covered by a safe padding of muscles, which keep away from the chances of damage during a fall. However, until it is fully developed, your child’s head is extremely sensitive.
The fontanelle tells you about the level of development of your child’s brain. It can indicate a serious illness, with meningitis being one such illness. A sunken fontanelle can be a sign of acute dehydration. Doctors cannot diagnose damage in the brain until a few weeks after birth, as your child’s head is still in the process of fully forming at this time.
The shape of your child’s head can change drastically from birth till they reach the age of one. A baby born out of normal delivery may have a slightly pointed head, while the others can be in the shape of a horseshoe or a little flat. It takes a while for your child’s head to take shape. Sleeping positions and nap times can be made easy and safe with the perfect or recommended pillow to enhance the development and shape of your baby’s head. Try and make your child sleep on their side during naptime, as this will prevent your child’s head’s shape from getting flat.