Babies are such bundles of joy who bring warmth and happiness in our lives. Although these adorable little ones may be helpless in taking care of themselves and demand a lot of time and attention, interacting with these lovely creatures can have a huge destressing effect and amazingly keep us sane and positive after all the hard work.
Today, we are sharing some fascinating things about babies.Enjoy!
Some Surprising Facts About Babies
Do you know that babies are very much aware of what they are doing? Being a charming baby is not just all about being cute and funny. These little ones also have amazing set of skills and abilities!
Let’s read about some interesting facts about them:
- 1. The heaviest healthy baby in the world weighs 22 pounds, 8 ounces and was born to a healthy mother named Signora Carmelina Fedeli in Aversa, Italy in September 1995.
2. The brain grows more during infancy than at any other time. It doubles its volume and reaches approximately 60% of its adult size in one year.
3. Babies have shorter sleep cycles than adults. They are also light sleepers. Research studies have shown that “sleeping through the night” is a mere 5-hour stretch for most infants.
4. They are born without kneecaps. This is because they have a structure of cartilage that resembles the kneecaps. These cartilages are not fully developed until 6 months. That is why babies crawl on the arms instead of fours.
5. Newborn babies don’t cry because their tear ducts are not entirely developed. They only produce enough moisture to keep their eyes healthy but they will not shed proper tears for several weeks. Babies only howl or scream for what they want or need but they don’t cry.
6. Babies are born with 50% more bones than adults. They have approximately 300 bones that fuse together during growth, making it 206. For example, the baby’s skull has several bones that overlay one another during birth to help the baby squeeze out.
7. Babies learn how to talk while in the womb! From about 23 weeks of pregnancy, your baby can hear your voice and other sounds. Although your baby is unable to say his or her first words until about a year old, he or she is learning about the language from the beginning. So, it’s best to start reading to your baby while he or she’s in your womb. This will improve your baby’s language skills later on.
8. Babies have a natural ability in swimming. They naturally hold their breath when underwater and even splash with their arms and legs. We have an article that talks about the benefits of baby swimming and ways of teaching your baby on how to swim. Go to this page.
9. Newborn babies are short-sighted. They are able to see clearly about 20cm to 30cm (8-12 in) in front of their faces. This is because the brain cannot process information very well at this phase. The brains start processing information at about 8-15 inches of range. When your baby reaches 1 or 2 months old, he or she will be able to focus his or her eyes on a toy when you move it in front of the face. By the end of fourth trimester, your baby will be able to see close-up colors and shapes much more clearly. To help your baby develop his vision, try showing some baby toys with bold patterns and vivid colors.
10. A newborn baby’s stomach is only the size of a hazelnut. This is the reason why babies need to feed very often as they don’t have enough space in their tiny tummies to consume all the milk they need at once.
11. Babies have precisely 10,000 taste buds which appear to be three times more than adults. The baby’s taste bud shows up on the third trimester. It is not just on the tongue but also on the back, roof, and sides of the mouth. It is suggested that pregnant mothers try out different types of food on the third trimester because taste buds slowly disappear when babies grow.
12. Babies love women’s voices more than men’s. They like high-pitched singing more than low-pitched voices. That’s why most babies tend to like their mothers’ voices instead.
13. A baby is born without bacteria in his body. Also, he is born with just one cup of blood in his whole body.
14. A small percentage of female newborns can actually lactate and/or menstruate. Almost 5% of babies produce what is particularly known as “witch’s milk” in the first two months of life. Also, the sharp drop in estrogen some baby girls experience after birth, can trigger this thing called pseudomenstruation. This may result in a little bit of blood in the diaper within their first week of life.
15. In the first few months, babies see only black and white colors.
16. Research studies conducted by neuroscientists stated that babies don’t dream for the first few years of their life.
17. The gender of your baby depends fully on the sperm. The male sperm carries with X or Y gene which determines the gender. So, if you want a boy or girl, we have an article about how to conceive your preferred gender. Read the article here.
Babies are truly exceptional creatures who have special, or even weird, traits and behaviours that are unique at that particular stage of their lives. We hope that you liked and enjoyed the aforementioned facts about these little cuties!
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