20 Fun Baby Facts
17 January 2013
1. Some babies can start to recognize a mother’s voice at as early as two days old.
2. Four out of 10 babies have at least one birthmark when they’re born.
3. We have 206 bones, but babies are born with 300 because many fuse together as they grow.
4. Crying helps calm babies down because tears release a stress hormone. However, it takes between three weeks and five months for babies to actually develop tears when crying.
5. Babies quickly lose any hair that they’re born with.
6. Smiling isn’t just copying, but rather something that comes naturally to babies. The fact that blind babies smile proves it!
7. The most popular day for childbirth in the U.S. is Tuesday.
8. A newborn’s heart beats about twice as fast as an adult’s.
9. All babies are born prematurely and some doctors refer to their first few months of life as the fourth trimester.
10. Over four million babies are born each year in the U.S.
11. Newborns have poor eyesight and can only focus on objects about eight inches away. They are not, however, colorblind, contrary to popular belief.
12. Baby tummies are tiny. An eight-pound baby can only drink about three ounces of milk at a time.
13. A baby is born somewhere in the world every three to five seconds.
14. Newborns don’t sweat. Their sweat glands have yet to fully develop.
15. Almost all babies are born with blue eyes and a pug nose.
16. Babies’ sense of smell is much stronger than adults’. They use this to get to know their mothers early on.
17. After only a few days, mothers can distinguish their children’s cries from those of other babies.
18. Babies are born without kneecaps.
19. Infants learn emotions by imitating adults’ expressions.
20. Baby brains double in size during the first year.
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