When Do Babies Get Dimples?
Most people associate dimples with cuteness, but when do babies actually get dimples? It all depends on the types of dimples.
Facial Muscles Dimples
Facial muscles dimples are caused by a shallow indentation that forms when certain facial muscles get larger. These muscles can become larger over time and when babies smile, giggle, or grin, it is more likely that the dimples will appear.
It is unclear when babies get these types of dimples, but they can be seen as early as three months old. However, they do tend to become more pronounced by the age of two or three, when the baby’s facial expressions become more frequent and intense.
Inherited dimples are those that appear on the face regardless of facial expression. Hereditary dimples are determined by genetics and can appear shortly after birth.
Most babies who have inherited dimples have them in both cheeks, though some may only have one. Usually, these dimples are visible six to eight weeks after birth and can remain until adulthood.
How to Encourage Dimples
If your baby does not have dimples and you would like to see them appear, there are some things you can do to encourage their development.
- Smile often: By smiling and engaging in activities that make your baby smile, giggle, or grin, you may be able to help create a dimple or two.
- Massage: Massaging your baby’s cheek muscles, especially in the area where dimples tend to appear, can also help to encourage dimples.
- Good nutrition: Ensuring that your baby is getting proper nutrition can also help to promote the development of dimples.
Remember, dimples are not always an indication of good health, or that your baby is developing normally, but they do add to the cuteness of your little one and can be a fun way to watch your baby grow.