We’re warned about protecting the soft spots on baby’s head from the first moment they’re born.
Here’s the story behind those warnings. If babies didn’t have those soft spots, their skulls wouldn’t be flexible and it’s likely they’d all require C-sections. But, Mother Nature figured it out.
Baby’s skulls are not completely developed at the time of birth. Their skull bones are separated by soft spots and a super tough fibrous membrane connects those bones.
As a result, the bones can move around a bit when baby is coming down the birth canal. If baby ends up being a “conehead” from the intense pressure in the canal, the doctor can reshape it.
By the age of 2, all of the soft spots should be closed completely. Until that time, be mindful of just how fragile baby is.
Human skulls have changed over thousands of years to accommodate the birthing process and aren’t we glad?
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