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Read these facts and get a head start with some informative information and interesting facts about your baby.
* A baby is born every seven seconds.
* Babies are born with very poor vision but can recognize their mother almost right away.
* Babies prefer looking at curved lines rather than straight lines.
* Babies are not colour blind; they can see colours from 2 weeks of age. Babies prefer strong primary colours - particularly red and blue and bigger patterns because they are easier to focus on.
* The size of baby’s eyes stay the same size from birth, but nose and ears never stop growing.
* All newborn babies have a pug nose. The bridge of the nose isn't there at birth - it grows later - so babies have a small `button' nose.
* Babies have a strongly developed sense of smell. By the time they are one week, babies can identify their mother by her smell.
* Babies often sneeze and snort in their sleep to clear their nasal passages. Only later on can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is blocked. To minimise the problem keep the air in the home as clear and as smoke and dust free as possible.
* Newborn babies can’t hear well. The middle ear of a newborn is full of fluid and the entire hearing apparatus is immature. That’s why loud (for us) sounds are normal for newborns.
* Newborn babies are genetically programmed to respond to human voices - especially female voices. Babies learn to distinguish between different sounds very quickly.
* Few babies have much of a sense of taste - though most prefer sweet tasting liquids.
* Although babies get some immunity - and protection from infection - from their mothers, they are still very vulnerable to colds.
* Babies are born with swimming abilities and can naturally hold their breath. However, they shortly lose this instinct.
* Newborn babies may cry a lot but they don't produce any tears. There is moisture to lubricate and clean the eyes but proper tears don't start to appear until the baby is between three and twelve weeks of age.
* Any hair that is on your newborn baby's head will soon fall out - to be replaced by permanent hair (which may be of an entirely different colour) at about six months.
* The heart of a newborn baby beats between 130 and 160 times a minute (about twice that of a normal adult).
* Babies breathe much faster than adults - 30 to 50 times a minute compared to an adult's 15 to 20 times a minute.
* Babies have very small stomachs. A 3.62kg baby can get 85grams of milk into its stomach. It is the small size of its stomach that may explain why many babies will occasionally vomit. (But always get medical advice if a baby vomits.) Because they have small stomachs - the average stomach in the average baby is no bigger than the size of his fist! - babies need small feeds regularly (every three or four hours) rather than large feeds occasionally.
* Until babies are six months old, they can breathe and swallow at the same time.
* Newborns usually double their weight by six months.
* Reading to your child at ANY age will increase their knowledge.
* Newborn babies spend between 15 and 20 hours a day sleeping - in bouts of sleep lasting 20 minutes to 5 hours.
* In the first year of a baby’s life he/she will triple their weight, increase their length by 50%, double the size of their brain and create every nerve cell they will ever have.
* Babies respond well to touch - which stimulates the production of growth-promoting hormones and helps the body become more responsive to these hormones. In one survey it was shown that premature babies who were touched regularly showed 47% more weight gain. That’s consistent with research on baby slings.
* Babies are often nervous - even fearful - of new foods. To enable your baby to overcome his fears allow him to play with the food a little before eating it. You may be able to encourage a baby to try a new food by putting a small amount of food on his index finger and then gently guiding his index finger into his mouth.
* If a baby suddenly starts to refuse a once favourite food it probably means that he is bored with it and would appreciate a little variation in his diet.
* Teething can start when your baby is just three months old.
* Babies sometimes need background noise to help them get to sleep (the womb is not the quietest place in the world). Some sounds that are known to relax and soothe babies include: a recording of their mother's heartbeat; the sound of a clock ticking; a recording of a stream, waterfall or sea; a vacuum cleaner; air bubbling through a fish tank; running water from a tap.
* Four out of ten babies are born with at least one birthmark.
* The commonest day of the week for babies to be born is Tuesday. Fewer babies are born on Saturday or Sunday than on any other day of the week (though this may simply be because doctors and midwives don't like working weekends).
Famous misconceptions about babies:
Many people think that all the babies are born with blue eyes when in fact it is not true.
* There are many babies that are born with black or brown eyes. Other babies are born with blue eyes because at the time of birth they haven’t begun to produce melanin in their irises. When the melanin production begins, their eyes can change the color.
* Nearly all babies are born with blue or blue-grey eyes. Permanent eye colouration develops during the following months.
Many people think that babies are born without kneecaps.
* This isn’t true, babies do have kneecaps, but instead of bone, babies’ kneecaps are made of a cartilaginous material. The bone builds up later on in life.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this guide, I know I enjoyed researching it…….