Motherhood comes with many challenges, coupled with innumerable moments of awe and joy. The elation at holding your little bundle of joy in your hands and to see her smile at you is priceless. Her teeny little hands and feet, mesmerising eyes and captivating smile – a baby has the power to keep you engaged for hours.
There are many amazing little things about babies that we may not be familiar with and would come as a surprise to many. ParentCircle brings 15 lesser-known fun facts about babies --
1. Four babies are born every second -- Well, have we ever wondered how many babies are born every second all over the world? Well, the answer is 4.3 births every second!
2. Newborn babies do cry but without tears -- Infants do cry for anything and everything, but the fact is that tears do not roll down their cheeks until they are around 3-4 weeks old. This is because their tear ducts just produce enough moisture to keep the eyes healthy.
3. Babies have more bones than adults -- This is one of the weirdest facts about babies. They have 305 bones when compared to adults, who have 206 bones. This is because as they grow up, some of the bones combine together to form one bone.
4. Newborns love their mother’s voice the best -- That shouldn’t come as a surprise. The little ones can recognise their mother’s voice before their birth and would like to hear it again and again. When the baby is born, every sound and noise seems to startle them, which means their hearing capacity is on par with an adult.
5. Hair fall in newborns is common -- Your little one may be born with thick, black hair. But, there is no guarantee that it will continue to be so. Hair fall may begin after few weeks of birth and then the hair gradually grows back. Even the texture of the hair is not permanent.
6. A baby has around 30,000 taste buds -- Yes, babies possess thrice the number of taste buds in comparison to adults. In the third trimester of pregnancy, it is suggested to the expectant mother that she try all types of food, as the baby’s taste buds develop in the third trimester.
7. A baby’s cries and gurgles will say it all -- The last trimester of pregnancy is important for one more reason. That is the period when babies pick their mother tongue. So basically they reflect the characteristics of their mother tongue in the pattern of their cries after birth. Depending on the cries and gurgles, you could decipher if the baby is Indian, German or American.
8. Babies can crawl as soon as they are born -- You might find this hard to believe but it has been proven by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, based on extensive findings by their study on ‘Breast Crawl’. When the baby is dried and laid on the mother’s chest, the instinct is to crawl towards the mother’s chest and latch onto her breasts for feeding within an hour. How impressive, isn’t it?
9. Babies breathe more -- The little one’s breath count vis-a-vis an adult’s breath count is much more. A newborn’s heart rate is much faster than that of an adult. Adults count is anywhere between 12 and 20 breaths per minute. Whereas for babies, it is 40 breaths per minute, which is almost double the count.
10. Newborns are near-sighted -- A newborn’s eyesight allows them to see people and things which are within 8 to 12 inches distance. This explains the fact that when the mother holds the baby in her arms, the baby recognises her and exchanges that cutest smile ever!
11. Breathe and swallow at the same time -- While it might be a difficult task for us, it is a common phenomenon in newborn babies. Yes, it is true! They can do this until they are around 6 months old.
12. Baby has kneecaps -- A baby has kneecaps which are made of cartilage, which is why they are softer than adults kneecaps. They may not reflect in the initial X-rays though but maybe evident later after some months.
13. Baby boys weigh more -- One study has found that newborn baby boys tend to weigh slightly more than a baby girl, say around 0.4 kgs more.
14. Every child is born with a birthmark -- Around 80 per cent of all babies are born with birthmarks, it is a totally common phenomenon in newborn babies. Certain birthmarks occur after several weeks of birth, while some fade away after some time.
15. Babies laugh much more than adults -- Yes, you heard it right. Babies laugh around 300 times a day, in comparison to adults, who laugh only 60 times per day.