10 Unbelievable Facts About Newborn Babies

Are you anxiously awaiting the day you get to bring your newborn baby home? If so, you'll want to take a few minutes away from your to-do lists and focus on the tiny miracle you're working on. He or she is more incredible than you can even imagine and has so many surprises in store for you.
 
Begin to understand your baby even better with these amazing baby facts.
 
1. Newborns learn to talk in the womb.
 
It's true that your baby begins to hear your voice and other sounds from about 23 weeks of pregnancy. So, he or she may not speak for a year or so, but Baby is learning how to talk right from the start.
 
The more words Baby hears now, the better his or her language skills will be afterward. It's truly never too early to start reading to your baby.
 
2. Babies can swim from birth. 
 
Newborn babies are born with the ability to hold their breath when underwater, and they can splash about with their arms and legs.
 
You can give baby swim time as soon as you like, but wait until after your six-week check-up before joining in. It's important to make sure that you've healed from delivery before going in the pool.
 
3. Birthmarks are prevalent in newborns. 
 
One in every three infants is born with a birthmark. The most common type is a "stork bite", also known as an angel kiss or salmon patch. This mark appears as a pale pink patch on your baby's neck or face, which might appear red when he or she cries. Usually, this type of birthmark will disappear within six months.
 
4. Babies are short-sighted.
 
Tots can only see clearly about 8-12 inches (20cm to 30cm) in front of their eyes. Everything else is an indistinct blur of light, shape, and movement. A baby's visual acuity improves quickly, though. By three months old, your baby will be able to focus on moving shapes and recognize close-up colors and shapes. 
 
5. Your newborn has 100 more bones than you do. 
 
Babies are born with about 300 bones. As they grow, some of those get harder, and some of them fuse together. For instance, a newborn's skull is made of three pieces of bone connected by cartilage, this flexibly enables your baby's head to fit through the birth canal. By the time they reach adulthood, humans have 206 bones. 
 
6. Breastfeeding is not instinctual. 
 
Unlike many mammals, human babies are not born knowing how to breastfeed. This is why you need to learn how to help them latch on. Initially, many mothers find breastfeeding tricky and uncomfortable, but it doesn't remain a problem for long and there are many resources available to help.
 
7. Baby's stomach is as tiny as a hazelnut. 
 
Newborn babies need to feed all the time because they have very little space in their tummies. They can't absorb much milk at once. Even small air bubbles take up space in their tummy, which is why you need to burp your baby during and after each feeding. However, it will grow quickly. By the end of the first week, Baby's stomach will have grown to the size of an apricot.
 
8. Newborns quickly lose weight.
 
You may wonder that your baby is not getting enough breast milk if he or she loses weight in the first few days home from the hospital. In fact, it's normal for Baby to drop between 5% to 10% of his or her body weight during these early days. Most infants regain their birth weight by the time they get two weeks older.
 
9. Your baby knows your scent. 
 
Your baby knows how you smell even before birth. He or she was surrounded by your own natural scent for nine months. This familiar smell can help to calm and soothe Baby, so resist using strong-smelling toiletries in the early weeks after giving birth.
 
10. Boys and girls are born with different brains. 
 
Research highlights that the brain of a newborn boy grows faster than a newborn girl’s brain in the initial three months, specifically in areas that control movement. On the other hand, girls are born with more sensitive senses, which means that they have better vision and hearing abilities than boys. 
 
Are you expecting a second (or third) baby? Were there any other surprises you noticed when you brought your baby home?