My Baby's Head Shape

Whether it's fuzzy and soft or wearing headbands and bows, your baby's head probably isn't the first thing you see when you look at your babyit's that smile, the chubby cheeks and curious eyes looking at the big world around them.

Sometimes it's hard to get past the cuteness and see the essentials of head shape, ear and facial alignment and neck tilt. Finding a good comparison can also be a challenge. Take a minute to ask yourself, "What does my baby's head really look like?"

What's Normal?

While there is no such thing as a "perfect head" there is definitely a "norm" for infant heads in the United States.

Typically, the average skull is one third longer than it is wide. 

Because many parents coming to our clinics wonder what a typical infant head shape looks like, we've taken photos of infants at 3 months, 6 months and 9 months of age so that you can see what a typical infant head shape looks like.

Online Head Shape Assessment

One of the most common questions that we get from parents is, "Am I really seeing what I think I'm seeing?" Our first recommendation is to schedule an evaluation with the closest DOC Band clinic. 

Of course, we know that this question can happen at night after your baby's bath and we understand that you came to our Web site for answers.  To ease your worries, we have provided an at-home assessment to help you get the best view of your baby's head shape.

Please note that these steps do not take the place of an official evaluation by a licensed medical professional. 


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