For such small creatures, there are so many things that go into their daily needs and care. Babies need tedious care and attention to grow well and strong. While they have just newly entered our world, there is so much about babies that every parent should know. Here are some baby facts for the new parents out there.
A newborn baby will urinate frequently
For its first few months, a human baby will urinate almost every 20 minutes. This lessens a bit to only an hour at a time by the age of six months. This is mainly due to them having bladders with uncontrollable spasms. As a baby age, they grow to take better control of their bladders.
Human babies are the only babies that smile at their parents
Research states that babies learn to develop social smiles by the time they are around 6 to 8 months old. This smile is a special milestone as infants will learn to smile to show a gesture of warmth towards the mother. Smiling games are also often used as a bonding technique between a mother and her child.
Over 4 million babies are born each year in the United States
Despite this large number, it is lower by 2% of the birth rate of previous years. This indicates that fewer and fewer couples are having children. The total U.S. population now totals over 327 billion people.
Babies have a hundred more bones than fully grown adults
As babies, we have around 300 bones. As we grow older, some of these bones fuse into one. A fully grown adult will have a total of 206 bones in their body.
A human baby will have more taste buds than an adult
As a baby grows, their taste buds are constantly replaced by new ones. Although at some point, some taste buds will stop regenerating. Children will have around 10,000 taste buds on average while adults will only have around 5,000.
A premature birth takes place when the baby arrives earlier than 37 weeks during pregnancy
Those who are born early will often have complicated medical problems. Premature birth usually occurs when the mother does receive enough nutrition during pregnancy. A few famous premature births include Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, and Isaac Newton.
Some researchers suggest that the shaking gesture of the head to mean ‘no’ comes from babies
They believe that it is from when babies turn their heads to deny food when they are full. This gesture is also a sign that the newborn is learning and developing its protective reflexes already. A baby can also perform this gesture when they want to deny other objects as well.
Babies will begin to respond to their names at 7 months old
For a newborn to grow familiar with its name, it must be repeatedly called. This is a good bonding exercise with your little one. It is also a way for them to familiarise themselves with the sound of their name. The baby will have developed enough brain recognition to remember its name before its first birthday.