Are you impatient about bringing your newborn baby home? Take a few moments away from your to-do lists and worries and focus on what really matters. He or she is more incredible than you can even imagine. Your newborn baby has so much surprising facts in store for you.
So, 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 may not say his first word until he's one year old, but he's learning how to talk right from the start.
The more words he listens to now, the better his language skills will be afterward. Thus, it's never too early to start reading to your baby.
2) Born with the ability to swim
Newborn babies are born with the skill of holding their breath when underwater, and they can splash about with their arms and legs.
You can take your baby to swim as soon you like, but wait until your six-week check-up passes. It's important to make sure that you heal well before going in the pool.
3) Birthmarks are prevalent in newborns
Surprisingly, one in every 3 infants is born with a birthmark. The most common type is a stork mark, also known as an angel kiss or salmon patch.
You can notice a pale pink patch on your baby's neck or face, which might appear red when he cries. This type of marking usually disappears within six months.
4) Have a short-sighted vision
Tots can only see clearly about 8-12 inches (20cm to 30cm) in front of their eyes. Everything else is an indistinct shape of light, shape, and movement.
When your baby is one month or two months old, he can focus on things you move in front of his eyes. Further, by the end of your fourth trimester, he'll be able to recognize close-up colors and shapes more clearly.
5) Take birth with more bones than adults
Babies are born with about 300 bones. As they grow, some of those get harder, and some of them fuse together.
For instance, the skull forms as three pieces of bone put together by cartilage, to fit through the birth canal.
6) Don't know how to breastfeed
Newborn babies need to learn to breastfeed same as you need to learn how to help them latch on. Initially, this makes breastfeeding tricky and uncomfortable, but it doesn't remain a problem later on.
7) Have Stomach size as tiny as a hazelnut
This is why newborn babies are required to feed more often than usual. They have a very little space in their tummies to absorb all the milk they require at once. Even small air bubbles take up space in their tummy, which is why you may need to burp your baby during and after breastfeeding. However, by the end of the first week, it will reach the size of an apricot.
8) Newborns quickly lose weight
You may wonder that your baby is not getting enough breast milk if he loses some weight in the first few days.
In fact, in the initial days after your baby has arrived, it's normal for him to drop between 5% to 10% of his body weight. Most infants regain their birth weight by the time they get two weeks older.
9) Your baby can smell your scent
Your baby knows how you smell even before he is born. He loves your own natural scent while growing. This can help to calm and soothe him when he is not well. So, resist using strong-smelling toiletries in the early weeks after birth.
10) Boys’ and girls’ are born with different brains
It’s a matter of debate that exactly how different their brains are, and what effect it puts on their development.
Researches highlight that the brain of a newborn boy grows faster than a newborn girl’s brain in the initial three months, specifically in parts that control movement. On the other hand, girls are born with sensitive senses, which means that they have a better vision and hearing abilities than boys.