Babies are such fascinating creatures! Here are 15 interesting facts about your little human…
Your baby’s brain will double in the first year of life, reaching more than half the size of an adult brain by baby’s first birthday.
Your baby’s hair falls out in the first few weeks and then grows back over the next year. The hair can change shade and can also go from straight to curly in a few months.
3. EYE COLOUR
Your baby may be born with blue eyes like most babies. This is because the melonin/pigment in the main tissue is often not developed at birth. By 6 to 12 months, the melonin is activated by your baby’s genetics (blue, brown, hazel, etc).
Your newborn baby is only able to focus 20 to 25 cm from their face. S/he also prefers black and white, high-contrast images rather than coloured, graphic ones.
Although your baby can cry at birth, you won’t usually see any tears for a few weeks or even months.
Within 10 minutes after birth, your baby’s sense of hearing is sophisticated enough that s/he can work out where a sound is coming from.
Your newborn baby’s sense of smell is stronger than yours and a baby uses smell to get to know his parents. Avoid strong smells like perfume to help your baby know who you are.
8. TASTE BUDS
A baby has around 10,000 taste buds, which is way more than adults! They are not just on the tongue but all around baby’s mouth. Eventually these extra tastebuds will disappear.
A newborn baby’s heart beats 130 to 160 times per minute, which is about twice the heart rate of a normal adult.
Your newborn’s stomach is only the size of a hazelnut, which is why s/needs to feed so often. It also means that even the smallest of air bubbles takes up precious space, so your baby may need winding during and after feeds. Your baby’s stomach will grow quickly, reaching the size of an apricot by the end of the first week, and the size of a large hen’s egg by the end of two weeks.
Your baby is born without kneecaps. Instead s/he will have a patella of soft cartilage which begins to ossify into bone at about three to five years of age.
One in every three babies has a birthmark. If your baby is a girl, she’s twice as likely to have a birthmark than a boy.
When your baby is born, s/he has 300 bones. Some of these bones will fuse as baby grows and, eventually, s/he will have 206 bones – the number adults have.
A newborn has coping mechanisms to help if s/he becomes too cold or too hot. If a baby is cold, s/he will move around more to warm up. If your baby is hot, s/he will fling her arms and legs out of the side.
A newborn typically sleeps up to 16 or 17 hours a day, but as you may have noticed, they don’t sleep for long. Usually 2 to 4 hours per sleep for the first few weeks of life.