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Did you know that babies laugh much more than adults do? Or that newborns can only see for a short distance? We give you these and some more amazing facts
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. With her teeny little hands and feet, mesmerizing 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.
|10 lesser-known fun and interesting facts about babies|
|1. Four babies are born every second|
Have you 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|
Babies 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. Amazing, isn't it?
|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|
This shouldn't come as a surprise. The little ones can recognize 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 reveal its nationality|
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|
When the baby is dried and laid on the mother's chest, the baby's first instinct is to crawl and latch onto the mother's breasts for feeding within an hour. How impressive, isn't it?
|9. Babies have a faster breath rate|
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 her to see people and things that are within 8 to 12 inches of distance. This explains the fact that when the mother holds the baby in her arms, the baby recognizes her and exchanges that cutest smile ever.