Babies are fascinating creatures that are full of surprises. From their natural swimming ability to their strong sense of smell, there is much to learn about these little ones. Understanding these facts can help new parents to understand their baby’s needs and behaviors better and to provide the best possible care for their new bundle of joy.
If you’re about to become a parent and have a few minutes, read through this list and become acquainted with your surprisingly sophisticated and weird future roommate!
1. Babies are born with a complete set of teeth
While it may seem hard to believe, babies are born with a complete set of teeth! These teeth, also known as “natal teeth,” are usually tiny and located near the front of the mouth. They typically fall out within a few weeks or months of birth.
2. Babies are born with blue eyes
Many people assume that all babies are born with blue eyes, but this is not always the case. The color of a baby’s eyesight is determined by the amount of melanin, or pigment, in the iris. Melanin production increases as a baby grow, so a baby’s eye color may change over time.
3. Babies can only see in black and white
Newborn babies are not able to see color. They can only see in black and white for the first few months of life. Then, as their eyes and brain develop, they see more color.
4. Babies can recognize their mother’s voice
Research has shown that babies can recognize the sound of their mother’s voice within the first few days of life. This is likely due to the fact that they hear their mother’s voice while they are still in the womb.
5. Babies have a strong sense of smell
Babies have a powerful sense of smell, which is why they are often soothed by the scent of their mother’s milk. They also can distinguish between different scents, which is why certain smells may trigger a strong emotional response in a baby.
6. Babies can’t focus on objects far away
Newborn babies are not able to focus on objects that are far away. They can only see things within a few inches of their face. As they grow and their eyes develop, they can focus on objects farther away.
7. Babies are born with a natural swimming ability
Babies have a natural swimming ability known as the “diving reflex.” This reflex is triggered when a baby’s face is submerged in water and causes them to hold their breath and kick their legs.
8. Babies have a strong sense of touch
Babies have a strong sense of touch, which is why they are often soothed by being held and cuddled. They are also susceptible to different textures, which is why they enjoy playing with soft toys and fabrics.
9. Babies have a natural grasp reflex
Babies are born with a natural grasp reflex, which causes them to close their hands around anything that touches their palms. This reflex helps them grasp onto their mother’s hair or clothing while breastfeeding.
10. Babies sleep a lot
Babies sleep a lot, usually around 16-17 hours per day. However, their sleep patterns differ from adults, as they tend to wake up frequently and for shorter periods.