When you bring your newborn home, you might notice lots of things about them you weren't expecting.


They might be hairier than you thought, the contents of their nappy might not be quite what you imagined, and you might also find they're a bit more *scrunched up* than you were expecting, with bent or bow-looking legs.

So, what's going on - and should you be worried?

We asked Dr Philippa Kaye (on Twitter here) who told us:

"Babies are generally born bow legged, after all they have spent the past 9 months scrunched up in the uterus.

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"Bow legged means that if your baby were to stand with their feet and ankles together their knees would not touch.

"As your baby gets older, you are likely to notice that they are still bow legged when they learn to walk. But this tends to resolve by age 3, when they often become knock kneed!"

She also adds: "If the bowing only affects one side then seek medical advice."

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Tara BreathnachContent Editor and Social Media Producer

Tara is mum to 1 daughter, Bodhi Rae, and has worked as Content Editor and Social Media Producer at MadeForMums since 2015