What does a well-fed baby look like?
Babies fill out after birth, following a typical pattern: (1) the tummy fills out first, then (2) the face and neck, and then (3) the thighs. Healthy babies have a bulging tummy, but it should feel soft and the baby should generally be happy. If it is suddenly hard and big and the baby starts screaming, contact your health-care provider immediately or go to a hospital. Within a few weeks of birth, the neck should be hidden under a roll of fat and hard to clean. Rolls develop on the insides of the thighs, too, and there should be no loose skin. The thighs of premature babies take longer to fill out. As babies become toddlers, they start looking leaner and less fleshy.