Baby squirrels are neonates or babies. Because squirrels lack a hierarchical social structure in the wild, there is no distinct family name.
Squirrels give birth to their young in the spring. A newborn squirrel weighs between one and two ounces, has no fur, and is blind. The mother squirrel will nurse her young for eight to ten weeks before they are independent. She may shift her babies to protect their safety, and she does so by carrying them in her mouth. After mating, the male squirrel does not assist in raising the offspring and moves on.