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You'll notice two soft areas at the top of your baby's head where the skull bones haven't yet grown together. These spots, called fontanels, accommodate a baby's rapidly growing brain. You might notice these spots pulsating when your baby cries or strains.

Soft spots are covered by a thick fibrous layer. They're safe to touch and typically close by 18 months, when the skull bones fuse together.

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