We’re sure you would laugh right now if we told you that babies are able to figure out what they are doing. It’s true, however! Your newborn isn’t just adorable. Apart from being adorable, he also has a remarkable set of skills and qualities. Babies can seem helpless and incapable of taking care themselves. It’s an act, but not many people realize it. It sounds amazing, doesn’t? Check out our post below for more bizarre and amazing baby facts.
The kneecaps are not required for babies to be born. You read that correctly. The cartilage structure of babies is similar to the kneecaps. They do not fully develop these cartilages until six months. This is why most babies crawl on their arms and not their legs. Babies can actually crawl from the moment they are born. According to the Karolinska Institute of Sweden, babies can crawl within one hour after being dried and placed on their mother’s chest. This is why breast crawl has become a popular method for giving newborns the best start in life. UNICEF and WHO recommend that all babies, without complications, have immediate skin-to-skin contact after vaginal birth. If the maternal condition allows, breast crawling may be possible.
Babies Play with Their Mouths
Babies use touch to discover what’s around them. The most sensitive touch receptors are in and around the mouth. Babies are sensitive to touch, so everything is put in their mouth. Around the age 3 to 5 months, babies start reaching out for objects and then putting them in their mouths.
New Born Babies Do Not Cry:
Babies cry when they need or want something. However, they don’t produce tears because their tear glands and ducts have not fully developed until around 2-3 weeks after birth. Although they do produce enough moisture to keep their eyes healthy, it is possible for the tear ducts to become blocked. This can occur even if the baby isn’t crying. However, they won’t cry for several weeks.
Consult a pediatrician if your baby’s eyes seem to be flooded with tears. The doctor can help you to drain excess moisture from the baby’s eyes and make it more comfortable.
Sometimes, babies don’t shed their first tear for four to five months. This is not common and a doctor should be consulted in the event that the baby does not shed any tears within a month.
Babies Have 300 Bones:
Babies are born with 300 bones. This is nearly half the amount of adults. It is 206 because the bones fuse during growth. To help the baby squeeze out, there are several bones in the skull that overlap during birth. Fontanelle is a soft spot on the baby’s head. It is a sensitive and squishy area that will remain until the skull fully grows.
They are not exceptions to the rule: Birthmarks are not an exception. They are the rule:
Birthmarks are not abnormalities. It’s a common condition, with around 80% of babies born with it. There are many types of birthmarks, including port wine stains, stork bites, and they come in many shapes and colors. Did you know that birthmarks can occur for a variety of reasons? There are many causes of birthmarks. They are usually caused by excess pigment-producing cells or blood vessels that have not grown normally.
Some birthmarks don’t appear until weeks or days after birth. Dome birthmarks disappear after a few decades.
Newborns Smell, Hear, and See as Good As Us:
A newborn can hear just as well as an adult. They will startle at anything new, and not because it is louder or softer. From just one syllable, he can identify his mother’s voice. This activates a brain area that is involved in language processing. Amazingly, newborns can even recognize their mother’s voice when they are born. The baby’s hearing isn’t 100% when he is born. His middle ear is still filled with fluid which can somewhat affect his hearing. Their mother’s voice is the only sound they can identify.
At this stage, even the sense of smell is improved. However, the eyesight isn’t very good. Nearsightedness is common in newborn babies. Nearsighted babies can see objects and people clearly when they are between 8-12 inches and 12 inches from their eyes. This is because the brain can’t process information at this stage. Information is processed by the brain between 8 and 15 inches. Their brains are home to around 100 billion neurons. This is why they can see everything. It takes several weeks for infants to recognize their mother and other adults visually.
The Hair Falls Out:
Although your little one might have thick, dark hair right now, there’s no guarantee it will remain that way. In the first few weeks, the hair will fall out and then grow back over the following year. In a matter of months, the hair can change from straight to curly.
Babies have Many Reflexes:
Many reflexes that babies have are both primitive and evolved are known to them. Here are a few examples: Your child will be able to walk if you hold him upright and place his feet on the ground. Although he cannot walk right now, he is born knowing how to walk. Did you know that babies tend to startle? This is your baby’s Moro reflex. This is a baby’s natural reaction to loud noises or the feeling of falling. The child will fling his arms out and then open his fists wide.
Babies are always asleep:
Babies are always sleepy. Babies may fall asleep for up to 20 hours in the first week. Babies need to sleep at least 60% of their total glucose supply. As we age, our sleep requirements decrease and are almost half as long at 11 hours.