your baby has a beard. Don't worry - you are not alone.
Hundreds, perhaps even thousands of babies with beards are
born each year. The history of shame and secrets has come
to an end. Hold your baby up to the light of the sun and let
the beards flow freely! That's what the people of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia did in July, 2007. They celebrated the birth of a bearded baby openly.
We are entering a new era of social
maturity and tolerance, but things were not always so. For
a summary history of babies with beards, visit
our History section.
When your doctor told you that your baby would be born
with a beard, what went through your mind? Probably the same
sorts of things that parents have wrestled with since the
dawn of mankind.
my child normal?"
While a doctor might not agree, we, the parents of babies
with beards ourselves, would answer with an emphatic "YES!"
Did you know that every human fetus actually grows a soft
layer of thin hair in the womb? Dr Stephen Juan tells
us that this hair forms on the upper lip when the fetus
is about 5.3" long and 6 ounces in weight. The hairy
coating, called "languo," is usually gone by the
time the baby is born--with beardlings, it is simply shed
in all places other than the facial area.
Sometimes a beard on a baby is confused with the medical
condition of hypertrichosis.
If your baby is diagnosed with this condition, this is not
the web site for you. This site is only for babies with normal
facial growth, such as a moustache, beard, or sideburns. Information
for medical professionals can be found in the section entitled
my child be shunned?"
Unfortunately, some people are not as progressive as others.
Some people may shun you and your newborn, following the tradition
of fear of the unusual. Others, however, will welcome you
into their homes and hearts. After all, who can resist the
lure of a baby, whether with beard or without. You can use
the Messages area of this site
to communicate with other parents and share your bearded baby
experiences. As your child grows, many challenges will present
themselves. Only by reaching out to our community (or finding
one locally) will you be able to cope. We're here to help!
"What are the benefits of my baby's beard?"
The primary benefit of a beard is the added warmth that it
provides for a newborn. If your baby has a particularly fast-growing
beard, you may be able to weave a "beard-blanket"
that will travel with your newborn wherever he or she goes.
Probably the most important thing to remember is to always
take good care of your baby's beard. Wash with a mild, baby-safe
product, such as those available in our store.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and we all know our little
angels are a gift from heaven!
"Does the beard last forever?"
In some cases, male beardlings lose their beards much later
in life, as a consequence of androgenetic
alopecia, or male
pattern baldness. Female beardlings may also suffer from
facial-hair loss during their later years, although this is