Other than that they are cute little bundles of joy and tears in equal measure; most people don’t know much else about babies. They are generally looked at as fragile little beings that need to be given as much care as possible. While this is true, there is a lot more to babies, and some of it will surprise you. Here are ten fun facts about babies that you have probably never heard of before...
1. EVERY SECOND, FOUR BABIES ARE BORN
On average, about four babies are born every second. That makes a rough estimate of two hundred and forty babies delivered in hospitals and maternity homes all over the world every minute. The human species is not going extinct any time soon!
2. BABIES HAVE MORE BONES THAN ADULTS
Babies are typically born with about three hundred bones in their bodies, and adults have about ninety-four less. As they grow up, the bones fuse to make bigger and stronger ones that can support the weight they gain as they become adults.
3. NEWBORNS DO NOT SHED TEARS
Yes, babies cry from the moment they take their first gulp of air, but they will not shed a tear until weeks later. Their eyes are moisturized enough to stay healthy, but their tear glands do not develop until several weeks after they are born. In some cases, some babies have produced their first tear four or five months after birth.
4. BABIES ARE BORN WITHOUT KNEECAPS
Instead, they have cartilage which will develop over the next few years to form the kneecaps. Interestingly, however, when placed on the belly or chest of the mother, newborns will use their hands to crawl up and find their way to the breasts where they will start to suckle. The kneecaps are still not well developed even when they start crawling at about six months but are strong enough to hold their little weight.
5. A BABY CAN TELL HIS MOM’S VOICE, AND A MOM CAN TELL HER BABY’S CRY!
Scientists have revealed that babies can actually hear very well even before birth. They know their mother’s voice and can tell even by a single syllable. They also have a distinct cry, and the mother can tell her baby’s in a room full of crying babies.
6. NEWBORNS BREATHE BETWEEN THRICE TO TWICE AS FAST AS AN ADULT OR A CHILD
According to studies conducted by the Oregon Health and Science University, babies breathe at an average of forty times per minute, while adults breath at ten to twelve times.
7. EIGHTY PERCENT OF ALL BABIES HAVE BIRTHMARKS
Birthmarks are formed when the tiny blood vessels on the surface of the baby’s skin dilate during labor. They usually look like stork bites or wine stains.
8. BABIES HAVE TEN THOUSAND TASTE BUDS!
This is approximately three times as many as those in adults. They are on the tongue as well as the roof, sides and the back of the mouth. Most of these, however, start dying as the baby grows.
9. BABIES CRY WITH AN ACCENT!
According to researchers, babies pick up their mother’s accent between the sixth and ninth month of pregnancy. After birth, they cry in a pattern that reflects their mom’s way of speaking. You can tell the difference between Japanese, African, German and American babies just by listening to them cry.
10. BABIES ARE FIVE TIMES AS HAPPY AS ADULTS!
According to observers and researchers, babies laugh on average about three hundred times a day. This is, of course, after they learn how to laugh which can be any time between four to six months after birth. Adults, on the other hand, only laugh sixty times a day on average. One can’t help but wonder where all the joy goes as we get older. If you need to get some funny baby clothes then head over to Bubs Warehouse to bring in some new season cheer.