Baby facts are a must-read especially to parents out there. It's always better to be armed with knowledge about your little ones before ...
30 Interesting Baby Facts That You Might Want to Know
Baby facts are a must-read especially to parents out there. It's always better to be armed with knowledge about your little ones before you go hysterical on something that is just normal about them. For those who simply enjoys reading interesting facts, then we've got our top 30 favorite interesting facts on babies.
1. Did you know that a newborn’s intestines are about 11 feet long? And when the baby reaches adulthood, the said length will be doubled. Just imagine how long your intestines are inside your tiny stomach..
2. Did you know that a baby can’t taste salt until it is 4 months old? This is related to the development of kidneys which starts at about that age.
3. Did you know that newborn babies are more likely to turn their head to the right than to the left?
4. Did you know that babies have around 10,000 taste buds which is far more than what adults have? Taste buds are not just found on the tongue but also on the sides, back and roof of the mouth. But as the baby grows, these taste buds also disappear.
5. Did you know that babies are born with 300 bones and reduces to 206 bones when they reach adulthood? Babies’ bones fuse as they grow resulting to fewer bones as adults.
6. Did you know that a newborn urinates every 20 minutes and almost every hour at 6 months?
7. Did you know that the largest number of babies born to a woman is 69? A Russian woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets from 1725-1765.
8. Did you know that more babies are born on Wednesday in the United States than on any other days of the week?
9. Did you know that babies don’t have kneecaps at birth? It completely develops after 6 months.
10. Did you know that caesarian babies are more likely to experience breathing difficulties? Research shows that caesarian babies miss out important hormonal and physiological changes that occur only when the mother is on labor.
11. Did you know that a newborn’s grasp is strong enough that it can hang its whole body in midair with its bent fingers supporting its weight.
12. Did you know that the youngest person to ever give birth is a 5-year-old? Lina Medina, a Peruvian girl gave birth to a baby boy on May 14, 1939.
13. Did you know that most newborn babies will lose all their hair within its first 3-4 months of life?
14. Did you know that adorning babies with necklaces, anklets and amulets to ward off bad spirits is practiced all over the world?
15. Did you know that Greeks initially thought that mother’s milk was produced in the uterus? They believed that through special vessels, the mother’s milk was transported to the breast. Colostrum, the yellowish fluid secreted after birth, was deemed dangerous and women were advised not to feed the newborn baby for a few days.
16. Did you know that up until the 7th century babies were fed with chalk, crushed eggshells, coral and oyster shells? Doctors believed that many infant sicknesses were caused by too much acid in the stomach and the above mentioned will counteract the acidity.
17. Did you know that traditionally, the length of the cut of a male newborn’s umbilical cord was thought to predict the length of its penis?
18. Did you know that some tribes punish the mother for giving birth to twins? Kaffirs, an African tribe, punishes the mother for adultery since they thought that twins are created by two different fathers. And Apache Indians ritually killed one twin for they believe that the mother didn’t have sufficient milk to feed both.
19. Did you know that in 19th century, medical practitioners in Europe and America believe that babies who habitually suck their fingers always become masturbators? That’s why parents were instructed to tie their babies’ hands to their cribs or cover their hands with aluminum mittens.
20. Did you know that seeing crawling infants to many Victorians reminded them of their ape-like origins so they forced their children to learn to walk early using walkers and cages?
21. Did you know that children don’t remember much before the age of 3? Neuroscientists pointed out that early experience of a child never make it to the long-term memory banks since the brain’s functionality to remember isn't working yet.
22. Did you know that newborn baby won’t cry tears for at least three weeks and rarely not until he is 4-5 months old? Babies are only born with basal tearing to keep the eyes moist and a reflex tearing or tears that respond to an irritant.
23. Did you know that all newborn babies have a small button nose? The bridge of the nose isn't developed yet at birth but will grow later.
24. Did you know that by the time a newborn is a week older, he/she can already identify his mother by her smell?
25. Did you know that children who are born in May are, on average of 200 grams, heavier at birth than those born in any other month of the year?
26. Did you know that nappy rashes on babies occur more often after 8 months of age?
27. Did you know that Germany has the lowest birth rate of any country at 8.2 births per 1000 population? While UK has a birth rate of 12 births per 1000 population.
28. Did you know that children laugh on an average of 300 times a day compared to adults with only an average of 60?
29. Did you know that babies recognize their mother’s voice when they are born but it takes around 14 days to get to know their father’s voice?
30. Did you know that it is normal for newborn babies to have a cone-shaped head? During delivery, parts of babies’ skull overlap to help them get out leaving their heads cone-shaped. But that shape is just temporary.