Tuesday, February 9, 2010


1. A baby is born every 3 seconds.

2. Nearly all babies are born with blue or blue-grey eyes. Babies’ eyes usually reach their final color by 6-12 months of age. However, approximately 10-15% of peoples’ eye colors continues to change into adulthood.

3. Your baby’s hair will start falling out soon after birth. New hair will grow up and it might be a completely different color.

4. Did you know that babies have poor vision? They recognize their mother by her smell and they see best at a distance of only 8 to 14 inches. The most interesting things to look at are a human’s face, light, movements and contrast colors.

5. The heart of a newborn baby beats between 130 and 160 times a minute. A typical healthy heart rate in adults is 60 - 80 beats per minutes.

6. Babies also breathe much faster than adults: 30 to 50 times a minute compared to an adult's 15 to 20 times a minute.

7. Newborns have natural swimming abilities. They can hold their breath under water for few seconds. However, they can easily loose this instinct, therefore a baby should never be left unattended in water.

8. Babies are born without kneecaps. They develop after the first year of age.

9. Some babies are born with a tooth! Other babies’ first tooth appears after their first birthday. On average it comes in around 6 months of age.

10. Babies don’t always need quietness in order to fall asleep. In fact background noise could help your baby to fall asleep easier. Any sound similar to a heart beat is soothing to your baby, because that’s what he or she has been listening to in the womb. Also the vacuum cleaner, the hair drier, the car’s engine and a quiet singing could help your baby fall asleep easier..

11. The sex of your baby is determined by the father's sperm. A man's sperm contains either an X (which makes a girl) or Y chromosome (which makes a boy). The one which fertilizes the egg will determine the sex of the baby.

12. Babies have very small stomachs. A 6 to 8 pounds (2.5 to 3.5 kg) baby needs to eat only 2 to 3 ounces (60 to 90 ml) per feeding. Because such a small amount of milk is digested very fast by the baby’s stomach, babies get hungry every 2-3 hours and eat between 8 and 12 times a day.

13. Since babies eat so often, they poop and pee often too. In fact during the first few weeks of life a healthy newborn pees and/or poops around (almost) every feeding.

14. Parents spend on average $ 7 000 during the first year of their baby’s life.

15. In United States the top month for baby births is August, followed by September and July.

1 comment:

  1. I learned the "born with a tooth" fact at work,(pediatric dental office) but the no kneecaps thing is definitely new to me! Geez, babies are weird :p


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