Wonders of babies facts

Wonderful Facts About Babies that You Need to Know

Some Wonderful Wonders of Babies:

1. Babies are born with 300 bones.
That’s 94 more than adults. Where do the extra bones go? They fuse together during development.

2. The grasp of a newborn baby is so strong that its whole body can hang in midair, with its bent fingers supporting its weight.

3. A baby’s eyes are 75% of their adult size, but its vision is around 20/400. By six months, a baby’s vision should reach 20/20.

4. Baby boys get erections.
It often happens just before they pee, it’s nothing to be ashamed or worried about.

5. If a person who was born 8 lbs. and 20 in. at birth continued growing at the same rate as he does the first year, by the time he reached 20, he’d be 25 ft. tall and weigh nearly 315 lbs.

6. Babies grow at an insanely speedy rate.
Babies double their birth weight by five months and triple it by the first year (approximately).

7. One of the wonders of babies is that they will sleep, on average, 5400 hours in the first year.
There are only 8760 hours in a year.

8. The heaviest baby on record to survive was a 22 lb. 8 oz. Italian baby born in 1955. In 1879, a woman in Canada gave birth to a 23 lb. 1.92 oz. baby that died 11 hours after birth.

9. Babies go through around 3360 nappies in the first year.

10. Babies are born with 10,000 taste buds (which decline later in age to the meagre 5,000 that you have as an adult).

11. During labour and birth, the infant’s skull changes shape to fit through the birth canal.

12. The average weight of a baby at birth is 7-8 lbs. The smallest baby ever to survive weighed only 8.5 oz. at birth.

13. A baby is born in the world every three seconds.

14. Another one of the wonders of babies: At the moment of birth, a baby’s heart beats at 180 pulses per minute. Within a few hours, the rate falls to 140 pulses. At 1 year old, the infant heart rate is 115 beats per minute. An adult’s average resting level is 70-80 beats a minute. 180 beats per minute for an adult means atrial fibrillation and it’s no joke.

15. A baby has around 30,000 taste buds. They are not just on the tongue but also on the sides, back, and roof of the mouth. Adults have about 10,000.

16. Newborns have natural aquatic instincts when in water!
Babies are born with a “diving reflex” known as bradycardic response, which causes their body to naturally adapt to their surroundings when submerged in water. Babies’ heart rate will slow down and he will instinctively hold his breath when under water. What’s even more incredible is that, like fish, babies can actually breathe and swallow at the same time for the first few months of their life. They learn this talent while in the womb but begin to lose this ability around the 6-month mark.

17. Babies start crying at around 2-3 weeks, but tears don’t show up until they’re about a month old.

18. A baby can recognize the smell and voice of its mother at birth.

19. Their tonsils have taste buds.

20. Smiles are reserved for human babies only.
That’s right, chimpanzee babies don’t do that neither do orangutan babies. I seriously doubt that they are our ancestors. Human infants are the only species that smile at their parents.

21. Being born premature is not so much of a bad thing: famous premature babies include Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Mark Twain, Stevie Wonder, Johannes Kepler, and Sir Winston Churchill.

22. Parents appreciate the wonders of babies: It is estimated that new parents in the U.S. will spend on average $7,000 the first year on a new baby’s diapers, formula, and day care. This does not include medical costs.

23. A Russian peasant born in the 18th century appreciated the wonders of babies: she gave birth to the largest number of babies born to a woman, 69. From 1725-1765, the Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets.

24. The brain of a newborn accounts for 10% of its total body weight. In adults this figure is down to 2%.

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