20 Weird and Interesting Facts About Babies

Weird and interesting baby facts
Babies are weird and interesting creatures!

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!

20 Weird and Interesting Facts About Babies

  • Baby Kneecaps 1 of 20
    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 life.
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  • Baby’s Head 2 of 20
    Baby's Head
    A newborn baby's head accounts for about 25% of its entire weight!
  • High Contrast Images 3 of 20
    High Contrast Images
    Newborns are only able to focus 8 to 10 inches from their face. They also prefer black and white, high contrast images to color graphic
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  • Baby Boys Typically Weigh More 4 of 20
    Baby Boys Typically Weigh More
    Baby boys typically are 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.
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  • Babies Have More Bones Than Adults 5 of 20
    Babies Have More Bones Than Adults
    When babies are born, they have 300. Their bones fuse as they grow, resulting in fewer bones as adults. Adults have 206 bones.
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  • Taste Buds 6 of 20
    Taste Buds
    A baby has around 10,000 taste buds. 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 taste buds disappear.
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  • Newborn Sleep 7 of 20
    Newborn Sleep
    A newborn (typically) sleeps up to 16 to 17 hours a day. But as you may of noticed, they don't stay asleep for long - usually 2-4 hours per sleep during the first few weeks of life.
  • Baby’s Brain 8 of 20
    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 the time of your baby's first birthday!
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  • The Most Popular Day to Give Birth 9 of 20
    The Most Popular Day to Give Birth
    The most popular day to give birth on is Tuesday!
  • Thankfully Babies Stop Growing As Quickly After the First Year 10 of 20
    Thankfully Babies Stop Growing As Quickly After the First Year
    It is estimated that if a baby continued to grow at the rate he does in his first year, by the time he reached adulthood, he would be as tall as Nelson's Column in London.
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  • Breathe and Swallow 11 of 20
    Breathe and Swallow
    A baby can breathe and swallow at the same time up until around 7 months of age.
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  • Don’t Overwhelm Baby! 12 of 20
    Don't Overwhelm Baby!
    Babies have short attention spans and can easily be over-stimulated.
  • August! 13 of 20
    More newborns arrive during July, August, and September than during any other time of the year.
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  • The Heart Beat of a Newborn Baby 14 of 20
    The Heart Beat of a Newborn Baby
    A newborn baby's heart beats between 130 and 160 times a minute, about twice the heart rate of a normal adult.
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  • Sophisticated Hearing 15 of 20
    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.
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  • Tasting Salt 16 of 20
    Tasting Salt
    A baby cannot taste salt until it is 4 months old. The delay is thought to be due to the development of kidneys, which start to process sodium at about that age.
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  • Birthmarks 17 of 20
    Around 80% of all babies are born with some form. The most common include stork bites and port wine stains. 
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  • 1 Baby Born Every 8 Seconds 18 of 20
    1 Baby Born Every 8 Seconds
    1 baby is born every 8 seconds in the U.S.
  • 105 Boys to 100 Girls 19 of 20
    105 Boys to 100 Girls
    105 boys are born for every 100 girls born worldwide.
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  • Touch 20 of 20
    Touch is one of your baby's most advanced senses at birth and even premature babies born as early as 25 weeks are aware of being touched.
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