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3 Kinda Gross Things Babies Will Experience

When you’re pregnant for the first time, you look forward to meeting your little one for a whole 9 months, and constantly imagine what that day will be like.

You’d be forgiven for thinking your new baby would look all clean, with big bright blue eyes, wrapped in a pristine white towel, because that’s what the movies let us think! What the movies don’t tell us, is that the baby they’re using for those scenes is probably a good four weeks old, and looks nothing like the red, slimy, wrinkly, kinda gross looking newborn you’ll actually be given.

So that’s one thing that’s a little unexpected and kinda gross – here’s 3 more!

1. Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is pretty common in babies under 6 months. It’s caused by hormones leftover in your baby’s body after the pregnancy. Mild cradle cap looks a bit like dandruff, but the more extreme type of cradle cap can be pretty gross. Greasy yellow scaly patches will form on the scalp. They’ll go from yellow and greasy, to darker browny yellow and crusty. Ew. It’s usually contained to the scalp, but can come down around baby’s forehead, ears and eyebrows. Not exactly the perfect little angelic baby head you envisaged, but hey, these things happen. And if it happens to your baby, don’t worry. It’s pretty common, even though it’s kinda gross. 

2. Teething

All babies will go through teething (obviously), but some will find it harder than others. Some babies are actually born with teeth! Rarely, but it actually happens. Teething starts usually around the 6 month mark. Not only is it really uncomfortable and sometimes quite painful for your baby, but it can come with some kinda gross side effects. Excessive drooling for a start, followed by not so nice nappy rash and then a little bit of diarrhea thrown in for good measure. Nice! 

3. Sticky Eyes

Babies tend to suffer from sticky eyes due to the size of their tear ducts. It’s pretty common, and kinda gross. The stuff coming out of their eyes can range from watery, sticky to gunky, and the colours can be white, yellow or even green. Lovely. If left unchecked, it can cause distress for both little one and mom. 

This article is sponsored by Dentinox.

About the Author

Editor of, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.


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