Here are 20 Interesting facts about Babies that you may not know-
Babies are born with the self-awareness that allows them to differentiate their bodies with other people’s bodies. You can tell if your baby is self-aware by drawing a red dot on his or her forehead and standing with him in front of the mirror. If the baby touches the mirror, then he is probably not aware. And if he rubs his own forehead to remove the mark, then he is.
Psychologists in America were surprised to find that a newborn can have a very elementary knowledge of physics and math. A baby is able to tell the difference between one, two, and three objects. If one is taken away or added, she may even know how many remain. Babies will show clear surprise if one is taken away unexpectedly.
They do not shed tears that is because the tear gland produces just enough amount of tears required for lubrication.
Babies can breathe and swallow at the same time.
Newborns are very nearsighted and their vision only allows them to see people and objects at their clearest when they are within 8 to 12 inches away.
Babies can crawl as soon as they are born, Scientists in Norway found that if a newborn is placed directly onto his mother’s stomach right after birth, the baby will start to use his arms and legs to slowly crawl to his mother’s breast to nurse. The newborn then latched on and started to nurse unassisted.
Within 10 minutes after birth, your baby’s sense of hearing is sophisticated enough that he can determine where a sound is coming from.
Your baby is connected to your emotions and your feelings — even before he’s born. Researchers had pregnant women listen to different types of music via headphones and then tracked their baby’s movements with an ultrasound. If the mom was listening to music that she enjoyed, the babies moved around more. While many them move around when music is playing, the headphones meant that the babies were responding to their mother’s emotions and not the music itself.
A baby’s eyes are 75% of their adult size, but its vision is around 20/400. By six months, a baby’s vision should reach 20/20.
Human babies are the only primates who smile at their parents.
A baby has around 30,000 taste buds. They are not just on the tongue but also on the sides, back, and roof of the mouth.
Babies can menstruate, while still in the womb, they are exposed to high levels of the female hormone estrogen. At birth, when the baby becomes “disconnected” from the mother, as it were, those estrogen levels fall rapidly and in girls can cause what is known as Pseudomenstruation, similar to menstruation in young and adult women. (Sharp drops in estrogen and related hormones are in fact what triggers menstruation in adult women.) Mothers unaware of this phenomenon often freak out when they see a little blood in their babies’ diapers, but it’s very common and happens in about a quarter of all female babies, usually in the first seven days of life.
Just like pseudomenstruation babies can also lactate which is known as Galactorrhea. Galactorrhea is a phenomenon in which newborns develop tiny breast buds, and actually lactate, producing tiny amounts of milk from their nipples. It can happen in boys as well as girls. This is not dangerous and happens to around 5% percent of all newborns and may persist for up to 2 months.
Babies are born without kneecaps, they 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.
Researchers say that May babies are the heaviest. They usually weigh around 200 grams heavier than any other month born babies.
Around 80% babies are born with it birthmarks. Birthmark comes in a wide range of shapes, colour, 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 labour. Certain birthmarks do not occur until several days or weeks after birth. And dome birthmarks go away after a few years.
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.
An Israeli University found that when a mother and a newborn looked into each other eyes, their heart rate coordinates in seconds.
Have you ever imagined how may babies are born every single minute? the answer would be 255 that means approximately 4 births per sec.