10 Things You Didn’t Know About Babies
If you were dedicated to having and raising a child, then you probably did your research about newborns and how to take care of one. However, not all pregnancy and parenting books tell you everything about babies. Sure, we have to know about the basics of baby care and parenthood. But do you really know everything about your new bundle of joy? Here’s 10 things you didn’t know about babies, which is quite interesting trivia for all parents.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Babies
They breastfeed upon instinct
You’ve probably read this somewhere already, but let me reiterate it for you so that you know how important breastfeeding is. After the birth of your baby, skin-to-skin contact with the mother is encouraged immediately or within a half hour after birth. In this way, the baby can instinctively find the mother’s nipple and begin suckling. This is called the ‘rooting reflex’, which allows a baby to seek out the nipple on his own.
Most doctors and nutritionists recommend that breastfeeding should be done within an hour after birth as much as possible. Early breast milk called ‘colostrum’ is rich with antibodies and nutrients that will help your newborn fight infection. Thus, it is vital that you breastfeed immediately after giving birth as much as possible.
All newborns look weird at the beginning
rHave you seen a friend’s newborn baby and thought to yourself, ‘why does it look like a naked mole rat?’
Well, don’t feel bad about having those thoughts because all newborns, including you, look weird upon emergence from the womb. This is because of the molding and pushing through the birth canal. Your baby’s face is bound to look weird after going through all of that tight space.
Moreover, newborn babies have been hanging out in a placenta full of fluid for nine months. Thus, their muscle tone hasn’t developed yet, hence the funny look. Don’t worry though, the squished up look won’t last long and you can finally take better pictures of your baby when he doesn’t look like an old man.
Your newborn’s dry skin is normal
You will probably get worried if you see your baby’s delicate skin getting dry, but it’s totally normal. At first, babies have smooth skin that will feel super soft to the tough, but that will gradually change into dry and flaky skin.
This is because of the moisture change in their surroundings. Of course, when they spend so much time in a space full of fluid and suddenly get exposed to air, their skin will tend to dry up. Don’t sweat it, because the skin of your baby will naturally flake and peel away.
Swaddling can calm your baby
Swaddling is done to prevent your baby from rolling over and possibly suffocating. However, it can also help calm your baby during nighttime. The cozy and warm nature of the swaddle will remind them of the feeling while in the womb, and possibly produce a calming effect.
Keep the umbilical cord dry
According to experts on the matter, the umbilical cord will fall off faster if it is dry. Thus, if it gets wet during baths and whatnot, pat it dry gently with a paper towel or soft bath towel. The stump is expected to fall off within two weeks if kept dry.
Moreover, if the stump bleeds a little after falling off, do not panic as it is a normal thing to happen. Just clean it up and make sure you don’t get any dirt on it.
Newborn babies recognize their mother’s voice right after birth
This is why a lot of people encourage pregnant mothers to talk to their baby while in the womb. Even though their hearing isn’t top notch when out of the womb, they will still recognize their mother’s voice and will respond to it much better than to others.
They cannot produce tears
Do you notice that even though newborn babies cry a lot, there aren’t really a lot of tears flowing from their eyes? This is because even though their tear glands are working, newborn babies only produce enough tears to lubricate their eyes. You can expect their tears to flow once they reach 3 to 4 months of age.
Babies grow fast
Okay, maybe you did know this already, but do you know that a baby will double its birth length when he reaches six months of age? At a full year, babies will have tripled their height. This period is very critical because it’s concerns the baby’s growth and development. As the parent, we want them to reach their full potential early on.
Thus, it is important that you keep breastfeeding up to two years of age. Breast milk is the complete and healthful food for your baby until six months. At this point, the breast milk is not enough to support his rapid growth and development. Thus, complementary food is given to close the energy and nutrient gap while growing.
Babies have more bones and breaths than adults
When bones have not fused together yet in the baby stage, we have 270 bones in total. In the adult stage, we have only 206 bones left in our body. That’s a neat fact, right?
Another cool trivia is that babies respire more times per minute than the average adult. So, this explains why babies breathe a bit faster if you really observe them, usually around 40 times per minute whereas adults only breathe around 12-20 times.
Babies have disproportionately bigger eyes and head
You know why babies are so cute? Because they have a comically larger head and eyes than the rest of their bodies. At the baby stage, babies have a disproportionately larger head when compared to the rest of their body. The head is large to accommodate the baby’s rapidly growing brain.
On the other hand, a baby’s eyes are big as well. However, babies aren’t born with fully-grown eyeballs. But at birth, they have about 75% of the total eyeball size of an adult. Hence, the large eyes and why they are so cute.
These facts on 10 things you didn’t know about babies would surely be interesting for you if you have a little one of your own; or simply if you love finding more information about babies. We hope you enjoyed this article, and if you have friends that would have fun reading it, do share this with them as well. Thanks for reading!