Between the mom and baby, there is one of the closest links that human beings can experience. In this intimate connection, the mother perceives what the child needs (food, attention, grooming, etc.). But how are you able to know? What wakes up when those two beings are together?
British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott argues that, just after birth, the mom and baby “make themselves” in a kind of fusion. The mother needs to turn to the child and connect with her needs so that she can identify when she is hungry or cold, what worries or calms her, even when she seeks only her physical contact, her warmth, and her gaze.
From then on – or perhaps before, in pregnancy – a relationship is established between them, which will be nuanced both by the ideas and feelings of the mother and by the behavior and demands of the baby.
The appearance of the newborn baby has specific physical characteristics, different from those of slightly older babies. Parents should know them so that, when observing their babies, they can distinguish the features that are typical of their age. Thus, they will not be mistaken for the posture, the shape of the head or the color of the skin typical of the first days of the child’s life.
What is a newborn baby like? Upon birth, babies have a very characteristic physical appearance. During the nine months of pregnancy, it is not uncommon for the woman to occasionally have doubts about whether the baby will be born well or if she will suffer from any disease or malformation.
All mothers, just give birth, ask, is it okay? Has it all? It’s healthy? When they take the baby in their arms, when they change their diaper, when they bathe, it is normal for parents to observe the child’s appearance, color, and characteristics.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF NEWBORNS
1. The Posture Of Newborn Babies
Most full-term babies maintain the fetal posture, that is, with the hips and knees bent and the back curved. When he is naked on his back, the child usually raises his arms and legs. The elbows are also bent.
2. The Skin Of The Newborn
During the first week of life, it is normal for peeling of the baby’s skin to occur, due to its permanence in the amniotic fluid during pregnancy. The baby’s skin color is usually light pink in the white race. Even in black-skinned breeds, babies are much paler than their parents.
3. Congenital Spots In Newborn
Congenital spots in the newborn are birthmarks. There are different colors and textures. Parents are usually alarmed when they detect the presence of one of these spots in their baby. Usually, they disappear over time. However, you should consult your pediatrician to follow up properly.
4. The Head Of The Newborn
The head of babies is very large concerning the body. It consists of several bones that have not yet fully ossified or welded together, so it seems soft. This allows the child’s brain to grow. Mom and baby motion also plays a vital role.