10 Incredibly Funny Facts About Babies
Whoever had a privilege to be a parent, or at least an older sister or brother, knows how precious babies can be. They are so cute with their chubby arms and legs, round faces and innocent eyes. You could just spend days and days staring at them and giving them the warmest of cuddles you could ever give.
But thanks to how cute they are, people often forget how incredible, and in a way funny, babies can be. Yes, we were all babies once, and now we’re all more or less similar. But there are so many things in which babies differ from their parents and other adults, that it is simply unbelievable. Ready to discover what makes our newborns so special? Read on!
1. Babies Have No Kneecaps
Yes, that might sound a bit creepy, but that how it is. Instead of kneecaps, babies have structures of cartilage that are similar to kneecaps. However, these structures do not form until they reach 6 months of age. The lack of kneecaps is the reason why most babies will crawl on the arm at first, instead of all fours.
2. Babies Can Crawl As Soon As They Are Born
A study from The Karolinska Institute in Sweden found out that newborn babies could find their mother’s chest within an hour after they were dried and laid on their mother.
3. New Born Babies Do Not Cry
Baby bodies can produce and release tears until they reach an age of about three weeks. Their tear ducts still have to develop. So, all those screams that newborn babies do, are nothing more than the expression of what they want or need. Remember, until they are almost a month old, they can’t cry!
4. Babies Are Born With 300 Bones
When we were born, we had 300 bones in our bodies. Through time some of these bones fuse together, creating new, bigger bones and reaching the total number of 206 bones each adult has. But that’s not all that’s funny about baby bones. Baby skull is also different from an adult one. For example, the skull of a baby has more overlapping bones that should help the baby during the birth. On the top of the head, babies also have a soft, squishy area called fontanelle. This part of the head also makes the birth easier and prevents damages of the brain.
5. The Hair A Baby’s Born With Falls Out
Although your baby might be born with thick, black hair, there is quite a chance that his hair won’t stay the same. The hair babies are born with falls out in the first few weeks and then grows again during the next year.
6. Babies Are Sleepy All The Time
Because a baby’s brain can use up to 60% of the total body glucose supply, babies need so much sleep. They can sleep to such an extent that during the first few years, they can just be alert for three minutes for every hour of the day, and less than three minutes for every hour at night.
7. Babies Laugh 300 Times A Day
While adult laugh only about 60 times a day, babies laugh on average 300 times a day. However, this is only true once the baby learns to laugh, which should happen in the first month.
8. Baby Cries In Your Accent
Exactly, your baby cries in your accent. A group of scientists from the University of Wurzburg found that babies are capable of picking up their mother’s native tongue in the last three months of pregnancy. Somehow, they can recognize and apply patterns of their mother tongue into their cry after birth.
So that basically means that a German and an Italian baby wouldn’t cry in the same way.
9. Babies Can Swallow And Breathe Simultaneously
Ever wondered how can babies chug entire bottles of warm milk without even stopping to breathe? This is because babies can swallow and breathe simultaneously until they are seven months old.
10. Babies Recognize Music They Used To Hear In The Womb
Your baby will likely recognize your taste in music. This happens thanks to babies capacity to hear when they are already in the womb. But that’s not it, a study from The University of Helsinki found that babies can recognize the music they used to hear in the womb until their fourth month of age. The crazy thing is that if you play your baby a song you used to listen during pregnancy, he might actually calm down.