With a new one born every few seconds, babies keep the world going ‘round. However, they have more to teach us than originally thought
A baby cannot taste salt until it is 4 months old. The delay may be related to the development of kidneys, which start to process sodium at about that age.
In medieval Europe, leeches were commonly used to treat babies’ illnesses. For example, leeches were placed on a baby’s windpipe for croup. Additionally, teething babies were commonly purged or bled.
A baby’s eyes are 75% of their adult size, but its vision is around 20/400. By six months, a baby’s vision should reach 20/20.
Newborns are more likely to turn their head to the right than to the left.
The inner ear is the only sense organ to develop fully before birth. It reaches its adult size by the middle of pregnancy.
The protein that keeps a baby’s skull from fusing is called “noggin.”
Within a few days of birth, a baby can distinguish between the touch of bristles that are of different diameters.
Adults have 206 bones. When babies are born, they have 300. Their bones fuse as they grow, resulting in fewer bones as adults.
The intestines of a newborn are about 11 feet long. The length will double by the time the baby grows to adulthood.
That newborn boys’ brains may grow faster than girls’ brains in the first three months, particularly in areas that control movement. On the other hand, girls may have more sensitive senses, meaning that they can see and hear better than boys, to begin with.
However, the way you care for your baby is likely to have a much bigger effect on their development than whether they’re a girl or a boy. And there are plenty of ways to avoid gender-stereotyping your child.
Babies are born with extra fluid in their bodies, which can cause their genitals to be a bit swollen for the first few days. Baby girls are also born with some of their mother’s hormones, and this can sometimes result in a creamy white discharge or even a mini-period in the first few days.
This is all perfectly normal in the early days with your baby. However, you should see your GP if your baby boy still has swollen genitals after a few days, or if your baby girl still has discharge after six weeks.
Some breastfeeding moms worry that if their newborn loses weight in the first few days, it means they’re not getting enough breastmilk. This isn’t true.
In the first few days after your baby’s born, it’s normal for her to lose between five per cent and 10 per cent of her body weight.Most babies get back to their birth weight by the time they’re about two weeks old.
A newborn’s stomach is only the size of a hazelnut. This explains why very young babies need to feed so often – they just don’t have room in their tiny tummies to drink all the milk they need at once! It also means that even the smallest of air bubbles takes up precious space, which is why your baby may need winding during and after feeds.
Your baby’s stomach will grow quickly, reaching the size of an apricot by the end of the first week, and the size of a large hen’s egg by the end of two weeks. However, she’ll still need to feed at night until she’s at least six months old.