We Answered the Most Googled ‘Baby’ Questions

We got a list of the most popular questions you ask Google relating to your baby and answered them to save you some time searching and scrolling - find all the answers right here on the JoJo Little Extras blog.

What do newborns do?

The truth is, not much! But since babies don’t come with an instruction manual, it’s an understandable question. They sleep a lot – from 8 to 18 hours a day! And they will wake in the night to be fed. Of the few hours they spend awake, they will be feeding and taking in the world around them. Newborn babies can use all their senses, so you will notice them looking at your face, being soothed by a gentle touch or the sound of your voice or being startled by bright lights or sudden loud noises. They can also grasp your finger with their little hand, which will just melt your heart!



What are the stages of child development?

According to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children in England from birth to 5 years old, the key stages of child development are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

These can often be narrowed down to 5 stages of child development, which are social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language.



Should I wake my baby to change their nappy?

It’s important to ensure your baby isn’t wearing a dirty nappy for too long to avoid nappy rash. But you shouldn’t have to wake them in the night just to change their nappy. Getting into the routine of changing your baby before or after every feed may work for you – and this includes changing them when they wake to feed at night. You’ll probably want to change them as soon as they wake for their feed so they’re sleepy again once they’ve finished feeding. But every baby is different, so if your baby tends to do a poo immediately after a feed, wait for that opportunity and just keep the atmosphere as calm and quiet as possible.



Should I wash my baby’s face every day?

This really depends on you and your baby! If they really enjoy being washed and find it relaxing, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do it. You don’t need to fully bathe your baby every day, but you can give their face, neck, hands and bottom a wipe down daily if it suits you. For more tips and advice on how to wash your baby, visit the NHS’ dedicated page here.



At what age can a baby be kissed?

One of the major reasons we are advised not to kiss babies is the risk of them catching the neonatal herpes virus, which is spread by adults with a cold sore kissing a baby or by breastfeeding mothers bringing them into contact with a blister on their breast. Babies are most at risk of this in infection during the 4 weeks after birth. While parents kissing their baby and others showing them affection is completely normal, you should take care not to let others kiss your baby on or near the mouth to prevent a number of infections and conditions being triggered, especially during their first 3 months of life.



Do newborns know their mother?

When your baby is born, it’s clear those 9 months you already spent together counted for something! Studies have found that babies’ senses are developed enough to recognise their mother from birth through her voice, her scent and as their sight develops, the contours and features of her face.



How do I know if my baby is developing normally?

Each baby is different, so try not to focus too much on whether or not they’ve hit a certain milestone at the same time as other babies. They will grow and learn at their own pace.

You will be offered regular health visitor checks which includes development reviews until your baby is 2 to ensure they are on track. Find out more about these reviews here. These should be going ahead during Covid-19, but there may be new methods in place such as video calling or texting/ phone calling. You can contact your health visitor between these reviews if you are concerned or worried about yourself or your child’s health and wellbeing – they are there to help. The Child Development Institute also has lots of useful guidance on their website: click here.



Should you wipe your baby after every nappy change?

A long-debated question on parenting forums, some say ‘I wipe myself every time I go to the toilet, so why wouldn’t I wipe my baby?’, while others argue that disposable nappies are so highly absorbent now, your baby’s bottom might not even feel wet when you go to change them, so why irritate it by cleaning each time they pee? The NHS advises to “clean your baby fully whether they have wet themselves or done a poo”.



Can you use baby wipes on a newborn’s face?

Less is definitely more when it comes to keeping your baby clean. We would recommend using cotton wool and warm water to clean your newborn’s face and skin. Early skin exposure to products may result in allergic reactions or eczema before 2-4 weeks. If you’d rather use baby wipes after this time, look for fragrance and alcohol free options like these My Happy Planet 100% Biodegradable Plant & Water Wipes.



Can I leave baby oil in my baby’s hair overnight?

Some babies experience cradle cap – a harmless skin condition that can make their scalp flake, look red or sometimes yellow and result in greasy hair. There is no evidence to suggest what causes the condition, but it is worth noting that it’s not itchy or irritating for your baby. The NHS does list leaving baby oil on their hair overnight as a method of trying to get rid of cradle cap, so it is safe! Just wash it off with shampoo in the morning.



At what age do babies say ‘mama’?

As we’ve already established, babies will go at their own pace and are all different when it comes to hitting development milestones. The average time a baby may say the magical word ‘mama’ can be anything between 8 – 18 months. ‘Da-da’ seems to be easier for most babies to say whilst babbling – they probably don’t understand the links with ‘daddy’, so don’t be upset if this comes out first!



Can a baby choke on toast?

Once your baby has become a pro at eating soft, mushy foods, you can slowly introduce them to more solid foods from around 7 months, including bread/toast. Cutting the crust off the toast sticks will make them easier for your baby to chew through – aim to cut them about the length of your index finger so they’re easy for your baby to grasp on to and chew. Start 4 Life have lots of tips and advice on weaning.



Can babies get Covid-19?

Although children seem to be less at risk of catching coronavirus, NHS guidance states “Babies can potentially catch coronavirus after birth from anyone infected with the virus, even if that person does not feel unwell. It is recommended that you take your baby home as soon as it is safe for you to do so and follow government advice for self-isolation and social distancing. In particular you should keep your baby away from people with a cough, fever or other viral symptoms such as a runny nose, vomiting or diarrhoea.” The Lullaby Trust have a useful page full of advice on coronavirus and caring for your baby.



Can babies sleep with a dummy in?

Yes, some research even suggests that a dummy when putting a baby down to sleep could reduce the risk of SIDS. It is recommended that you wait until feeding is well established (up to about 4 weeks old) before you introduce a dummy, and once introduced, make sure you keep it part of your baby’s regular sleep routine without offering it during the times they are awake.



Where should my baby sleep during the day?

For the first 6 months, you should try to keep your baby’s sleeping habits the same during the day and night. That means ideally, they will be sleeping in their cot or Moses basket in the same room as you even during the day. Most babies will fall asleep in their sling, pushchair, car seat or practically anywhere cosy and snug! The NCT website recommends you don’t let them sleep in their car seat for more than 90 minutes when they are very young – transfer them to their usual sleeping spot once you arrive home.



Will my baby wake up or cry if they’re too cold?

Yes, but not necessarily every time they are cold, which is why it’s important to ensure the room is at an optimum temperature. The room temperature should be kept between 16 -20°C and they should sleep with light, breathable bedding or a lightweight, well-fitting sleeping bag. Remember, every baby is different so you may have to make small adjustments until you find a sleeping environment that works for them. To check if your baby is too cold, feel their chest or the back of their neck rather than their hands and feet which will usually be cooler than the rest of their body. For more advice on safe room temperatures and bedding visit the Lullaby Trust.



Will baby eczema ever go away?

Most babies do eventually grow out of eczema, usually before they start school. But some do experience symptoms through to adulthood. Speak to your GP or health visitor if you think your child has eczema and they will be able to offer more guidance and advice on how to manage it.



Which baby sleeping bag should I buy?

Lucky for you, we have an excellent sleeping bag guide on our website to help you with this! See here: https://www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/sleeping-bag-guide



Which baby teeth fall out first?

The first baby teeth to arrive are usually the first to fall out, meaning it will likely be the front teeth that fall out first. This article has a useful chart which shows at what age your child’s teeth are likely to come through and when they are likely to fall out.



When will my baby sleep through the night?

Some babies sleep through the night very quickly, while others don’t for a long time. Remember – all babies are different! As your baby grows, they will need fewer night feeds, so you might find that somewhere between 3-6 months they start sleeping longer through the night. From 6-12 months, some babies may no longer need a night feed at all and will sleep all the way through. Again, every baby is different, and even when they stop needing a feed, they may wake up for other reasons like teething!



Why should I try baby-led weaning?

There is no right or wrong way to introduce foods to your baby – some parents prefer baby-led while others prefer spoon feeding and others combine the two. Those who prefer baby-led weaning believe it is a happier and more natural way for babies to be introduced to food. It allows them to explore textures and tastes at their own pace, gain independence, follow their instincts to grab and eat something when they feel hungry and be more involved at family mealtimes as it means you can sit down and eat the same foods together, sharing the social time.



Why is baby poop green?

The first poo your newborn does will be a dark greenish-black colour and is called meconium. This is already in your baby’s bowel at the time of birth and may be released during or after birth (some time in the first 48 hours). On days 3-4, your baby’s poo will look more green – this is simply because your baby is taking in more milk and digesting it. After a few more days, the poo will become a yellow-mustard colour but, some formulas can also make your baby’s poo dark green.

Green poo is usually nothing to worry about but if you notice any other symptoms along with it, like changes in their behaviour or regular patterns, then you can always ask your GP or health visitor. Click here for more information on baby poo.



What baby clothes do I need?

Babies actually need very little in terms of clothes. Most parents find cotton sleepsuits the most practical, as they are easy to get on and off, have easy access for nappy changes and most importantly, are comfy. Look for ones like ours which come with built-in scratch cuffs to stop your baby from scratching themselves – those tiny nails are surprisingly sharp! You’ll need vests, a couple of hats and some cardigans, depending on the time of year. A snowsuit, jacket or some cosy blankets are good too if you’re heading out. Don’t forget you might be changing their outfit 3 or 4 times a day in the very early days so make sure you have enough to last a few days so you’re not constantly doing laundry.



What should my baby wear at night/ to bed?

This question can feel like a bit of a minefield for new parents and there’s no single correct answer. A good place to start is with a vest and sleepsuit and it’s up to you whether you use additional accessories like a swaddle, sleeping bag or extra bedding. It’s more important to check periodically if your baby is too warm or too cold (feel their chest or the back of their neck – rather than hands and feet which are usually cool to the touch) and adjust accordingly by adding or removing a layer. Remember not to have anything loose in the cot and stick to lightweight, breathable fabrics. Visit The Lullaby Trust for more information.