20 Important things every parents should know about their babies!

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Kids are interesting and knowing them better makes it even more interesting. We rounded up 20 interesting facts about your baby that you may not have known about.

  1. Babies are born with small “button” noses. This is because the bridge of your little one’s nose will only develop later on.
  2. Babies only develop tears when they’re between three and 12 weeks old. Although they cry a lot before then, they don’t shed proper tears – this action is merely to lubricate and clean the eyes.
  3. All of the hair on your newborn’s head will fall out by the time he’s about six months old and will be replaced with permanent hair that may be an entirely different colour to what he was born with.
  4. A baby already has a strong sense of smell when he’s born and has the ability to identify his mother by her smell when he’s only one week old.
  5. It’s quite normal for babies to sleep as long as 15 to 20 hours every day, in segments of about 20 minutes to five hours.
  6. Within the first year, a baby will triple his weight, increase his length by 50% and double the size of his brain, and every nerve cell he’ll ever have will be created.
  7. A baby doesn’t have kneecaps when he’s born; instead, he has a structure of cartilage that resembles a kneecap. His kneecaps will only fully develop when he’s about six months old.
  8. Babies are born with 300 bones, while adults only have 206 bones. This is because a baby’s bones haven’t fused together yet when they’re born and will only do so in the months to come.
  9. Until a baby is six months old, he can actually breathe and swallow at the same time, which is something adults can’t do.
  10. The size of your baby’s eyes will always stay the same, but his nose and ears will never stop growing.
  11. Your newborn’s head will account for about one-quarter of his entire weight.
  12. A newborn baby’s heart beats almost twice as fast as an adult’s, between 130 and 160 beats per minute.
  13. A baby breathes between 30 to 50 times a minute, whereas adults only breathe between 15 to 20 times a minute.
  14. Your baby is born with the ability to swim and can naturally hold his breath, but loses this instinct shortly after birth.
  15. Babies often sneeze and snort in their sleep. This isn’t because they’re dreaming. They are clearing their nasal passages as they can’t breathe through their mouths yet when their noses are blocked.
  16. Sounds that seem very loud to us, such as the vacuum cleaner or the phone ringing, sound normal to newborns because they can’t hear very well yet. Your little one’s middle ear is still full of fluid and his hearing apparatus is still immature.
  17. Babies’ strongest muscles are their legs, and you’ll be amazed to know that your little one is stronger than many animals at this young age. A baby ox is the best example of comparable strength.
  18. During the nine months between conception and birth, a baby’s weight increases 3 million times.
  19. A baby can’t taste salt until he or she is four-months-old. The delay may be related to the development of kidneys, which start to process sodium at that age.
  20. Newborns are more likely to turn their head to the right than the left.

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