Babies often leave us with puzzles that we do nothing but scramble to solve. Such mysteries like what they are thinking of at a particular point and a lot more. Then on some occasions we think we’ve understood them but they continue to shock us with several other new behaviors and new facts unfolding about them. Things like the strange sounds they make which may sound like words but frankly are not words or when they upchuck all over our most valued visitors like ‘the uptight boss’ .
The list is inexhaustible, so don’t think you have heard it all about these cute little mini mes’. But if you think otherwise wait until you read through these 12 weird things that will not only shock new moms but also surprise older moms and you will be convinced that we are probably in for an unending facts that might keep unfolding about these cute ones’. Below are a few surprising facts about babies we are confident you didn’t know.
1. Babies Don’t Cry
Of course many are already wondering what we mean by ‘babies don’t cry’ but wait a second! Babies let out a heartbreaking cry but tears never roll down their cheeks. Why? Here is why, a baby’s tear glands and ducts do not produce surplus tears in the first three months of a baby’s life. Although babies are born with working tear ducts and glands, they produce tears only enough to lubricate and protect the eye — which means a Baby’s tear duct cannot produce enough tears to make some roll down their cheeks when they cry. So they can shout and scream all they want without a drop of tear.
2. Babies are Born With About 10,000 Taste Buds
This might shock you, but babies have more taste buds than adults. They have about 10,000 taste buds all around their tongues including at the roof of their mouths and the back and sides of the mouth. No wonder babies who have tasted breast milk can tell the difference between their mother’s natural breast milk and other man-made milk that adults might want to use to trick them as they seem unsatisfied until they get the right milk. However, these extra taste buds vanish as they grow older.
3. Newborn Girls Have Periods
Did you know that newborn girls do have tiny periods for one or two days. Yes, way. So, don’t get scared when you see blood while changing a baby girl’s diaper. They have a real period coming from their vagina which is not a leftover ingestion of mom’s insides or a specifically annoying diaper rash. The reason for this mini-period is because uterine lining sheds leading female infants to have frequent vaginal bleeding that can last for one or two days.
Remember that when babies are in the womb, they consume everything. Even anti-tobacco posters starring smoking embryos have one time shown that if mom smokes, the baby smokes; if mom drinks, the baby drinks. So a mother’s hormones naturally crosses over the placenta into baby world which stimulates growth in the Infant’s uterine lining. This hormone stimulation is being cut off at birth and therefore causes shedding of the hyper developed uterine lining of the baby.
4. Babies Recognize Their Mother’s Voice As Soon As They Are Born
Yes, babies can recognize their mother’s voice immediately they are born. Normally it takes a while for a baby’s hearing ability to develop fully because at birth, their middle ear is brimmed with some fluid which impedes their ability to hear. However, this does not stop a new-born from picking and responding to the sound of its mother’s voice as a newborns seem primed to learn very quickly about the sounds associated with their mothers.
5. New Babies Cannot Taste Salt
Remember that babies have about 10, 000 taste buds, newly born babies cannot taste salt until they turn sixteen weeks (4 months) old. Babies sense all four of the five primary tastes recognized by Researchers including sweetness, saltness, bitterness, sourness and umami, a savory, hearty taste associated with glutamate and found in meats, milk products, and mushrooms except taste for salt. This is because their kidneys are not yet fully developed to process sodium until they are that old.
6. Babies Have 270 Bones
Recall that in our biology lessons in high school, we were of course told that the human has 206 bones. This does not hold true for babies! Babies have 270 bones which dwindle to 206 as they grow, thanks to fusion of the skull and spine. The bones of a newborn are not fused at first that’s why the baby is able to pass through the birth canal more easily. But as time goes on, their bones will need to fuse to become stronger in order to protect the brain and other organs.
7. Babies Breathe Faster Than Adults
A baby’s breathing rate is usually faster and deeper than adults. They breath more rapidly as an adult takes between 12 and 20 breaths per minute, while a baby takes in about 2-4 times more breath per minute. Babies breath in cycles, with breaths getting progressively faster and deeper, then slower and shallower.
8. Almost 33% of New Borns are Born With Birthmarks
Several researches have found that for every 3 babies born, it is almost certain that 1 would be born with a birthmark. It has also been established that female babies have birthmarks twice more than their male counterparts.
9. Babies Can Double Their Birth Weight in a Few Months
According to Mayo Clinic, babies can double their birth weight only five months after they are born. Is that not incredible? In which case they can be gaining weight too fast, and might be overweight children and adults so gaining weight quite below the baseline is not advised.
10. Newly Born Babies Can Crawl
In the abstract, babies can start crawling a few months after they are born as they are not strong enough to start crawling until then, but research by the Karolinska Institute, Sweden in 1987 was able to nullify this. The study saw newly born babies that were put on their mother’s chest crawl up to their mother’s breasts for feeding after an hour.
The natural phenomenon called the breast crawl also entails babies finding their first feed on their own with minimal assistance
11. Babies See More Clearly When Objects Are Far Away
Most new-born babies are born nearsighted and as such can only have a clear view of objects when it’s about 8 to 12 inches away from them. This soon controls itself as the baby gets older.
12. Babies Stare At You While They Sleep
Sleeping infants bring joy to their mothers but particularly to the person babysitting them specifically since it’s the one time they’re not screaming at you for something. But some babies sleep differently and get you thinking they are awake waiting for their crying button to be pressed. Some of them continue to glare at you while snoring away. And not only are the baby’s eyes not shut all the way, but those eyeballs are rolling around in their sockets like your bundle of joy is on a particularly good trip. Feel free to do all other things you scheduled to as he or she is only sleeping.