Each of us have a few things in common – one being that we were all babies. Babies are such interesting little creatures. While we goo and gaga at their cuteness, there are somethings that you may not know that are actually quite fascinating!
If babies kept growing at the rate they do in the first year, do you know how tall they would be as adults (uhm huge!)? Do babies really have more bones than adults? What is up with a baby’s kneecaps? Learn the answers to these questions and more!
Here are 15 weirdly interesting facts about babies.
1. Baby Kneecaps
They don’t show up in x-rays, but your baby does have kneecaps! They are cartilage and will remain so for the first few years of live.
2. Baby’s Head
A newborn baby’s head accounts for about 25% of his/her entire weight!
3. High-Contrast Images
Newborns are only able to focus 8 to 10 inches from their face. They also prefer blank and white, high-contrast images to colored, graphic ones.
4. Baby Boys Typically Weigh More
Baby boys are usually heavier than baby girls. The average weight of a newborn boy is 7 lbs. 10 oz. while that of a newborn girl is 7 lbs. 2 oz.
5. Babies Have More Bones Than Adults
When babies are born, they have 300 bones. Their bones fuse as they grow and, eventually, the will have 206 bones (the number adults have).
6. Taste Buds
A baby has around 10,000 taste buds, which is WAY more than adults! They are not just on the tongue but also on the sides, back, and roof of the mouth. Eventually these extra tastebuds disappear.
7. Newborn Sleep
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.
8. Baby’s Brain
After your baby is born the human brain grows rapidly, more than doubling to reach 60 percent of its adult size by baby’s first birthday.
9. The Most Popular Day To Give Birth
The most popular day to give birth is on Tuesday.
10. Thankfully, Babies Stop Growing As Quickly After The First Year
It is estimated that if a baby continued to grow at the rate he/she did, by the time he/she reached adulthood, he/she would be as tall as the Nelson’s Column in London.
11. Breathe And Swallow
A baby can breathe and swallow at the same time until 7 months of age.
12. Don’t Overwhelm Baby
Babies have short attention spans and can easily be over-stimulated.
Most newborns arrive during July, August, or September.
14. The Heart Beat Of A Newborn Baby
A newborn baby’s heart beats 130 to 160 times per minute, about twice the heart rate of a normal adult.
15. Sophisticated Hearing
Your baby is born with very sophisticated hearing and can work out where a sound is coming from just 10 minutes after being born.