25 Truly Amazing Facts About Babies

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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 and weird baby facts.

25 Truly Amazing Fun Baby Facts:

1. No Kneecaps:

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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.

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2. May Born Babies Are The Heaviest:

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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:

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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.

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

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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:

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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:

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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.

[ Read: Tips To Prevent Hair Fall In Babies ]

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:

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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:

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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.

11. Your Baby Knows Your Taste In Music:

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According to research conducted by the University of Helsinki, babies recognize the music they hear in the womb for up to four months after the birth. In fact, the song that you used to hear during the pregnancy may even soothe his crankiness.

[ Read: Tips To Introduce Music For Babies ]

12. Your Baby Can Influence Your Heart Rate:

An Israeli University found that when a mother and a newborn looked into each other eyes, their heart rate coordinates in seconds. A baby’s heart beats around 180 times per minute at birth. It drops to 140 within a few hours. The number drops to 115 beats per minute when they are one-year-old. By adulthood, the resting heart rate is 70 to 80 beats per minute.

13. Your Baby Wants To Put Everything In His Mouth:

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We all are aware of this fact. Babies want to put everything in their mouth. He may be too young to chew on your keys or the doggie’s tail, but that does not mean he does not want to. A French research has suggested that babies are born with an innate desire to put everything in their mouth.

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14. A Baby Has 10000 Taste Buds:

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Babies have three times more taste buds as adults, 10,000 to be precise. The taste bud of the babies shows up on the third trimester, not just on the tongue, but also on the back, roof and sides of the mouth. That is why it is suggested for pregnant mothers to try out different types of foods on the third trimester. These taste buds disappear as the babies grow.

15. Babies Laugh 300 Times A Day:

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On an average, babies laugh 300 times a day while adults laugh only 60 times. That’s only when the baby has learned to laugh. It’s a reminder that babies enjoy life much more than we do.

16. Baby Cries With Your Accent:

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Yes, your baby cries in your accent. A research team from the University of Wurzburg found that babies pick their mother’s native tongue in the last three months of pregnancy. They even reflect the characteristics of their mother tongue in the pattern of their cries after birth. So you can tell the difference between German, French and English babies just by their cries and gurgles.

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16. Babies Grow Mustaches In The Womb:

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When a baby is around four months old, he grows a mustache that spreads to the entire body over the course of a month. This hair is called lanugo. It falls all before the birth of the child and is eaten by them. The digested hair becomes a part of this first poop.

17. Female Babies Get Their Period:

When the babies are in the womb, they absorb their mother’s hormones. So after the babies are born, they still have some estrogen to sort through. So, female babies shed their uterine lining, lactate a bit and even have a mini period. Sometimes, blood may ooze from their nipples. It’s horrifying, but true.

18. Your Baby Can Swallow And Breathe At The Same Time:

Have you noticed how your baby can chug a bottle, that too without stopping? That’s because they can swallow and breathe simultaneously until seven months. But this unique ability can be defeated by a stuffy nose. No wonder babies get cranky when they get a cold.

Babies also take much more breaths than adults. Even the rate of breathing is very fast. The breathing rate of a baby is 40 times per minutes while the breathing rate of an adult is between 15 and 20.

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19. Show And Tell:

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Even though babies cannot speak, they can communicate physically by waving, clapping and pointing. Even studies have shown that the more physically the babies interact, they better they’ll verbally communicate in future.

20. Your Baby Is Born With Self-Awareness:

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.

21. Babies Like Mumma’s Voice More:

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Babies prefer women’s voices to men’s and like high-pitched singing more than low-pitched voices. You may have noticed that most of the people use higher tones while talking to a baby. You even get a better response from an infant if you use higher pitched voice.

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22. The Eye Color Can Change:

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All the babies are born with blue eyes. That’s because the color of the eye comes from the color particle located behind the iris and in its particular tissue. This pigment or melanin is not developed at the time of the birth, which is why most of the babies, regardless of the genetics, are born with blue eyes. The baby’s true eye color becomes apparent after six months of age. But if both the parents have blue eyes, then even the baby will have blue eyes.

23. Out Of Proportion Body:

A baby is not born with a proportionate body. The head makes a quarter of the total boy length and brain makes up the 10% of the total body weight. The rest of the body grows to catch up.

24. Your Baby Looks Like Both Of You:

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In the early 90s, studies suggested that newborns looked more like their dads. But the current research suggests that infants tend to resemble both the parents equally. It is one of the surprising newborn baby facts that will make you shocked and surprised.

25. A Newborn Baby Triples Its Weight By Twelve Months:

Between the birth and end of the second year, the infants quadruple in size. As the 6th month sets in, babies double their weight. But the rate decreases as the time passes. If babies carried on that rate, the babies would weigh over a thousand pounds by the age of five.

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Facts About Babies In The Womb:

Here are some unbelievable facts about baby that they will undergo from conception to birth.

  1. During the nine months of the gestation period, the weight of a baby increases a whopping 3 million times. And this doesn’t even consider multiple births.
  1. Babies eat before their mother, much like after they are born. The babies take in the nutrients they need by using the umbilical cord and leave the rest for the mother. That’s why it is critical for mothers to take a healthy diet during pregnancy.
  1. When the baby is in the womb, he uses one hand more than the other. He’ll prefer to use the same after the birth too.
  1. A four-month-old fetus will turn away his head if the extremely bright light is some on the mother’s stomach. Babies also react to sudden, loud noises.
  1. A fetus develops his unique fingertips at the age of three months.
  1. Prenatal babies take less than a month to develop and use their heart. On an average, it takes just 18 months from the conception.
  1. The babies begin to form their hearing skills before the first month of the first trimester. Even the respiratory system and vision are developed during this period.
  1. The brain waves of the babies can begin recording after 42 days of the conception.
  1. Babies do not wait until they are outside the womb to start sucking their thumb. Rambling Madwoman has shown beautiful pictures of her baby sucking her thumb in the ultrasound.
  1. Babies develop almost all of their bodily systems before the second month of the first trimester gets over. It happens by the eighth week after the conception.
  1. A baby’s possibility of surviving outside the womb can occur after the six-month period. A 26-week-old prenatal child has over 50% chance of surviving.
  1. So you think that the doctor spanking them at birth is your child’s first cry, but it isn’t. Babies can even cry after the 26th week of conception. Babies even develop taste buds by this time, which can explain some their crying.
  1. Babies react to their mother’s laughter by bouncing up and down. It happens 32 weeks after the concept.

A Few More Fun And Interesting Facts About Babies:

  1. Right from the birth to toilet training, a baby uses up an average of 8000 diapers.
  1. A baby is born with no bacteria in this body. And he is born with just one cup of blood in this body. Now that’s one startling fact.
  1. The parents of newborns miss out six months’ worth of sleep in the first two years of their baby’s life.
  1. Newborn babies can see just black and white colors for the first few months of their life.
  1. Baby’s foreskins are used widely in cosmetic treatments.
  1. A study suggests that babies remain calm twice as long when listening to a song as they do while listening to speech.
  1. Neroscientists say that babies don’t dream for the first few years of their life.
  1. Studies suggest that premature babies are more likely to be left-handed.
  1. A 20-month baby became the youngest professional soccer player ever after being signed up by a Belgian club.
  1. During the pregnancy, if the baby suffers from organ damage, the baby in the womb sends stem cells to repair the damaged organ.
  1. At the end of the year, a baby will have a foot abut half of their adult size.
  1. Babies who are born two weeks premature do not sweat at all, even if the weather is too warm. In older premature infants, sweat develops first on the forehead, then on the chest, and then arms and lastly legs.
  1. The gender of the babies relies wholly on the sperm. The male sperm carries with X or Y gene which determines the gender. Tales about diet, time of the day, and position are just myths.
  1. At the medieval time, leeches were used to treat baby’s illnesses. For example, leeches were placed in the windpipe of the baby for croup.
  1. Do you know how many births occur around the world in a minute? The answer is approximately 255. That equals to 4.3 births every single second.
  1. The intestine of a newborn is around 11 feet long. The length doubles by the time the baby grows into an adult.
  1. Researchers suggest that babies who are breastfed for the first three months have 30% more cognitive development than those babies who are fed formula.
  1. At the time of the birth, a baby’s brain is made of more than 10 million nerve cells. But it reduces as time passes.
  1. Babies forget everything that they lived and experienced in the first three years of their life. Neuroscientists call it ‘infantile amnesia’. And some have even given several theories on why it occurs.
  1. The researchers at the University of Texas found that babies like beautiful faces more than the plain ones.
  1. You baby shares his/her birthday with at least 9 million people in the world.
  1. By the age of two, a baby would have changed approximately 73000 times. The average speed of the change is two minutes.
  1. Just within a few days of the birth, a baby can distinguish between the touch of bristles of different diameters.
  1. If your baby turns his/her head at a spoonful of it, it means he is full.
  1. The highest number of babies born to a woman is 69 to date. From the years 1725 to 1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to seven sets of triplets, 16 set of twins and four sets of quadruplets.
  1. Does your baby love to play peek-a-boo with you? Well, that’s because babies lack object permanence. In simpler words, babies lack the ability to recognize that an object exists even if it cannot be observed.

We hope you enjoyed reading these fun facts about babies. And we’re sure that you’ll be looking at every child differently now. In case we have missed some interesting baby facts, tell us by commenting below.

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