Babies are not only born with cute, tiny bodies and killer expressions. They also have quite a few sets of abilities to take care of themselves. Don't believe it? Read on to know how.
1. Tripling weight
A newborn's weight triples by the time they reach twelve months and quadruples by the time they are two years old. This growth rate, however, reduces with time.
2. Baby looks like both parents
No more fights on who the baby looks like. Studies suggest that babies look like both their parents equally.
3. Babies have big heads
A baby's head is not in proportion with the body when it is born. Head makes a quarter of the body length and brain makes up 10 percent of the body weight.
4. All babies are born with blue eyes
Yes, you read that right. A newborn's melanin, the pigment that gives colour to the eyes, is not developed. Baby's true eye colour is revealed only after about six months.
5. Babies like women's voices more
Yes daddy, babies like high pitched sounds, hence prefer mom's voice more than yours. But don't worry, they love you too.
6. Self-awareness Test
Babies are self-aware from birth. This means that they can differentiate their own bodies from other's bodies. Test this by drawing a red dot on his or her forehead and stand with the baby in front of a mirror. If the baby touches the mirror, he/she is not aware of. If the baby touches his/her forehead, it is aware.
7. Babies can communicate
They don't need to wait until they start speaking. Babies begin to communicate early on through gestures like clapping, waving and pointing. It's your job to understand them.
8. Superpower: Babies can breathe and swallow at the same time
Until seven months, babies can breathe and swallow at the same time except when they have a stuffy nose.
9. Female babies get a mini period
Surprise! While in the womb, babies absorb their mother's hormones and have estrogen even after they are born. Therefore, female babies shed their uterine lining, have a mini period and even lactate a bit.
10. Babies have moustache
While in the womb, the little ones grow moustache and hair on their entire body which is shed a few weeks before birth and is eaten by them. This makes their first poop.
11. Babies cry with an accent
Research shows found that babies pick their mother's native tongue in the trimester. This reflects in the pattern of their crying. Next time listen carefully when your baby cries.
12. Babies laugh 300 times a day!
Oh yes, babies are happy beings. On an average, they laugh 300 times a day while adults do so only 60 times. Time to learn something from your little one.
13. Babies have 10,000 taste buds
That's why everything goes right into their mouth. Babies develop taste buds not only on the tongue but also on the back, roof, and sides of the mouth. These taste buds disappear as they grow.
14. Babies put everything in their mouth
Apart from having 10,000 taste buds, babies also have an innate desire to put everything in their mouths.
15. Power to influence heart rate
A study has found that when a mother and a newborn look into each other's eyes their heart rate coordinate in seconds.
16. Babies enjoy the music you like
The University of Helsinki has found that babies remember the music they hear in the womb for up to four months after birth. Try playing the same music when he/she gets cranky.
17. Babies can smile a month after birth
The little ones develop the ability to smile only after a month of being born. And once they start, there is no stopping!
18. Why are babies sleepy all the time?
This is because their brain uses up to 60 percent of the glucose supply for development. This leaves the babies drowsy.
19. Babies are born with 70 reflexes
Babies are born with the knowledge of how to walk. They also have a startle reflex that makes him jump in response to loud noise or the feeling of falling.
20. Changes in hair
An infant's hair falls out in the first few weeks after birth and he/she grows new hair over the next year. The new hair may be curly or straight depending on his/her genes.
21. Newborns can hear, see and smell like adults
Infants can hear like adults and startle at new sounds. He/she can also recognize his/her mom's voice by now. They can smell things too. Newborn babies are near-sighted. Which means they can only see things and people when they are 8-12 inches away.
22. Why do birthmarks occur?
Birthmark comes in a wide range of shapes, colours, and sizes. They occur when the tiny blood vessels under the skin are dilated during labor. Certain birthmarks do come up until several days or weeks after birth. And some go away after a few years.
23. Babies have 300 bones!
Yes, you read that right. While adults have 206 bones, babies have 300. Some bones in infants fuse together over time leading to 206.
24. Newborns cannot shed tears
The tear ducts of newborns are not entirely developed until three weeks after birth. This means that they technically cannot cry until then.
25. Babies are born without kneecaps
Newborns only have cartilage that resembles knee caps. These develop into knee caps by the time baby turns six months.