Look at that sweet little thing called baby! Eating anything it can find on its way. It may not all be milk, poop, and screaming what these cuties are made of. There are more facts about babies you wouldn’t believe. The world of babies isn’t as tiny as it seems. Check out these unusual baby facts you probably never heard of.
1. All babies grow a moustache in the womb, then they eat it.
As weird as it may sound, every baby grows it. Of course, it doesn’t look like the normal moustache, but it eventually spreads over the entire body and (usually) completely falls out before birth. Then comes the interesting part. The baby eats that hair and it becomes part of the baby’s first poo.
2. Babies double in weight during the first five/six months of life.
This is absolutely amazing! Imagine us doubling a weight in such a short period. These little ones grow up so fast!
3. Babies have taste buds on the roof, back and sides of their mouth as well as their tongue, but they fade with age.
So that’s why they want to put everything in their mouth!
4. All babies lactate, and girl babies get their period.
Babies absorb mom’s hormones in the womb. This makes for some extra estrogen to deal with. Girl babies sometimes shed their uterine lining in a mini period, and all babies lactate just a little. Isn’t it cute?
5. Babies’ eyes are 75% of their adult size when they’re born.
They don’t look that big, though! Cute Bambi eyes that look at you like you’re magic. They’re also super shortsighted when they’re born, but have normal vision by six months old.
6. Babies born in May are heavier than all others.
Babies born in May weight 200 grams more than those born in other months, on average. Were you chubby when you were little? Were you born in May? That’s it.
7. Babies prefer female voices, and adults adapt to that.
Babies respond to that high-pitched voice of yours. And they love it.
8. Babies can sleep with their eyes open.
When you get your baby to sleep, they’ll sometimes have their eyes half open, and you can see them moving around. Don’t freak out, this is normal – it just looks creepy.
9. Boy babies get erections both inside the womb and once they’re born.
It’s even quite common for boy babies to have erections during birth.
10. Babies don’t have bony kneecaps.
They have cartilage kneecaps that eventually become bony after a few years. As babies grow their bones lose their ‘springy-ness’, and that just means falling gets more painful.
11. The likelihood of having twins is different in different countries.
West Africa, for instance, is particularly prone to have twins. In Nigeria, the chances are 22-1. In Japan, they’re 200-1.
12. Newborns don’t actually cry tears.
Newborns are actually just screaming. They don’t start producing tears until they are three weeks old.
13. Babies can breathe and swallow at the same time.
Babies lose this ability when they are around seven months old.
14. The soft spot on a baby’s head bulges and pulsates.
Babies have creepy bulging, pulsating soft spots called fontanelles.
15. Babies have superhuman strength.
Babies are great at grasping stuff, but they can also hold their whole body up, just like gymnasts. Impressive!
16. Baby poo can produce quite a damage.
TheBump.com’s Dr. Levine says, “Newborn poop is mostly liquid with some mustard-seed texture mixed in. As a result, it doesn’t take much power to propel it across a room.” So adorable.
17. Babies will forget how weird they’ve been in the first three years of life.
Infantile amnesia is a condition that has many theories of explanation. Well, even if they remembered, wouldn’t they be embarrassed by all the weird stuff they did?