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Monday, January 30, 2017

10 Truly Amazing Facts About Babies

If we told you that babies know exactly what they are doing, you’d probably laugh at the screen right now. But, it’s true! Being adorable is not the only thing that your newborn has going for him. He also has an impressive set of qualities and skills, apart from causing blowouts and putting things in his mouth. Yes, babies may seem a bit helpless, incapable of taking care of themselves. But not many know that it’s an act. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? Well, read our post below to learn some more surprising baby facts.

Truly Amazing Fun Baby Facts:

1.No Kneecaps:

Babies are born without kneecaps. Yes, you read that right. Babies have a structure of cartilage that resembles the kneecaps. These cartilages do not develop until they are fully six months. And that’s the reason most of the babies crawl on the arms instead of all fours. In fact, babies can crawl as soon as they are born. No kidding here! The Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that when the baby was dried and laid on the mother’s chest for feeding, he could find her chest within an hour. Now that’s impressive.

2. May Born Babies Are The Heaviest:

Most of the people presume that January sees the heaviest babies because of all the holiday eating, but that’s completely false. Researchers say that May babies are the heaviest. They usually weigh around 200 grams heavier than any other month born babies. The heaviest baby to be even born was a boy weighing 22 pounds and 8 ounces. He was born in Italy in 1955.

3. New Born Babies Do Not Cry:

Babies howl and scream for what they want or need, but they do not cry. Tears cannot be released or created for about three weeks. That’s because their tear ducts are not entirely developed. They do produce enough moisture to keep the eyes healthy, but they won’t shed proper tears for several weeks. Some kids do not drop their first tear until four or five months. That’s unusual and rare.

4. Babies Have 300 Bones:

Unlike adults, babies are born with 300 bones, which is almost 50% more. The bones fuse together during growth that makes it 206. For example, the skull of the baby has several bones that overlap one another during the birth to help the baby squeeze out. Babies also have a very soft spot on the head called the fontanelle. Before the skull grows completely, it is just a squishy and sensitive area.

5. Birthmarks Are Not Exception. They Are The Rule:

A birthmark is not an abnormality. In fact, it’s normal, and around 80% babies are born with it. Birthmark comes in a wide range of shapes, color, and sizes, the most common being port wine stains and stork bites. And do you know why birthmarks occur? Birthmarks occur when the tiny blood vessels under the skin are dilated during labor. Certain birthmarks do not occur until several days or weeks after birth. And dome birthmarks go away after a few years.

6. Newborns Hear, Smell, And See As Good As Us:

Newborn can hear as well as an adult. They startle at just about anything, not because it’s softer or louder, but because it’s new. He can recognize his mother’s voice from just one syllable. It activates an area of the brain associated with language process. An astonishing fact is that the newborns can recognize their mother’s voice at birth itself. When the baby is born, his hearing power is not 100% up to par as the middle ear is still full of fluid, which somewhat impairs the hearing. The only sound that they can recognize is their mother’s voice.
Even the sense of smelling is elevated at this stage. But the eyesight is not very brilliant. Newborn babies are nearsighted. Their vision allows them to see objects and people clearest when they are 8 to 12 inches away. That’s because the brain cannot process information very well at this stage. The brains start processing information at about 8 to 15 inches of range. Their brains contain around 100 billion neurons, which is why they notice everything. It takes a few weeks for the infants to distinguish visually between his/her mother and other adults.

7. The Hair Falls Out:

Your little one may have thick, black hair now, but there is not guarantee that it will stay the same. The hair falls out in the first few weeks and then grows back over the next year. The hair can even go from straight to curly in a few months.

8. Babies Have Numerous Reflexes:

Babies have around 70 reflexes, which are primitive and down to evolution. If you support your child upright with his feet on the flat surface, then his legs will work with a stepping motion. He cannot walk now, but is born with the knowledge of how to walk. And have you noticed that kids jump a lot? That’s your baby’s Moro or startle reflex. It’s a baby’s natural response to the loud noise or a feeling of falling. It makes the child fling his arms up and out, draw his knees up and open his fists wide before going to his original position.
Babies use their sense of touch to explore what is around them, with the most sensitive touch receptors are in and around his mouth. The mouth area is the first to become sensitive, which is why they put everything in their mouth.

9. Babies Are Sleepy All The Time:

Babies feel sleepy all the time. During the first few years, he’ll be alert for just three minutes in every hour of the day and less at night. A baby’s brain can use up to 60% of the total glucose supply, which can explain why babies need so much sleep.

10. Smile Time:

Babies are capable of their first smile only when they are a month old. You can try to engage him with funny voices and faces to see if they are ready. If you are unsure about the smile, then you can repeat the gag if required.

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