Pregnancy is a memorable time in a woman’s life, but it’s the end result that’s even more incredible. The gift of a child is remarkable and a newborn baby is one of life’s most perfect creations. Their teeny tiny little hands and their downy heads beg to be kissed and just looking at those little faces will have you weeping with joy. I wish I could bottle up that stage forever and yet it comes and goes in an instant!
A couple of months ago we highlighted the 10 most amazing facts about pregnancy (some of these will really blow your mind!) and I wanted to do the same but for babies. For example: did you know a baby can crawl as soon as they are born? It’s true! I’ve seen it myself. They can also recognize their mother’s voice at birth. Pretty amazing isn’t it?
Here are 10 amazing facts about these mini human beings.
Babies Can Crawl As Soon As They Are Born
No really, they can! In 1987 the Karolinska Institute in Sweden compiled the findings of their study on the “Breast Crawl”. When the baby was dried and laid on a mother’s chest immediately after birth they were able to find her chest for feeding within an hour. Pretty impressive!
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Newborns Recognize Mom's Voice At Birth
When a baby is born, their hearing isn’t 100% up to par. The middle ear is still full of fluid which tends to impair the hearing somewhat. The one sound they are able to recognize is the sound of mama’s voice. They respond to this sound above all others.
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Newborn Babies Don't Shed Tears
They may cry a lot, but the fact of the matter is – newborn babies don’t shed tears. Why? Although the tear ducts and glands are working, they produce just enough tears to lubricate and protect your baby’s eyes. Look for those teardrops to start flowing between 1 and 3 months.
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Babies Have More Bones Than Adults
Since adults are so much taller and wider than a baby you would naturally assume they have more bones. Right?
Wrong! A baby is born with 270 bones and by the time he reaches adulthood that number drops to 206! The reason for the loss of bones is due to fusion of the spine and skull as baby grows.
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Source: Online Orthopaedics
Most Babies Are Born With Blue Eyes
The color of the eye comes from the color particles behind the iris and in the main tissue of the iris. The melonin/pigment in the main tissue is in the most cases is not developed at birth which is why most babies regardless of their genetics are born with blue eyes. By 6 months to 12 months, the melonin is activated by your baby’s genetics (blue, brown, hazel, etc).
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Source: National Eye Institute
One In Every 3 Infants Has A Birthmark
This is one fact that definitely surprised me. I didn’t realize the number was so high! One in every three infants has a birthmark and twice as many girls than boys.
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