16 Incredibly Cool Facts About Your Baby

Babies lose the hair they are born with.

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All of it. And usually by the tender age of four months. While their original hair falls out, a whole new head of hair grows in its place.

Their stomachs are the size of a walnut.

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That’s nuts! No wonder they require constant feedings.

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Infants have supersized body parts

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You probably noticed your little boy’s bits were especially prominent at birth (you can thank the swelling for that). While the swelling will subside, your babies’ head and eyes will remain supersized during the first year.

Their tastebuds only recognise sweet and sour.

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Salt isn’t brought into the equation until around the age of four months.

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Babies deprive their parents of approximately 44 days of sleep.

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And that’s only in the first year. Good thing they are so cute!

Newborns have natural aquatic instincts when in water!

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Babies are born with a “diving reflex” known as bradycardic response, which causes their body to naturally adapt to their surroundings when submerged in water. Bub’s heart rate will slow down and he will instinctively hold his breath when under water. What’s even more incredible is that, like fish, babies can actually breathe and swallow at the same time for the first few months of their life.

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Babies will sleep, on average, 5400 hours in the first year.

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Considering there are only 8760 hours in a year, this seems like A LOT! But remember, babies sleep only a few hours at a time, especially during the first three months. And this is only an estimate. Every baby is different and many don’t get the memo that they need to sleep this much (and for 8 hours at a time).

Babies grow at an insanely speedy rate.

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Babies double their birth weight by five months and triple it by the first year (approximately).

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Smiles are reserved for human babies only.

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That’s right. Human infants are the only species that smile at their parents. Aren’t we blessed?

Babies are born with 300 bones.

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That’s 94 more than adults. Where do the extra bones go? They fuse together during development.

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Infants first recognise the colour red.

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Some experts suggest newborns can only see black, white and grey while others suggest they can see different hues but they are incredible blurry. However, the first colour infants recognize is red. The last colours? Blue and purple.

Babies go through around 3360 nappies in the first year.

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That’s A LOT of late night trips to the baby aisle. And A LOT of wipes! What’s even more incredible is that newborns tend to wee every 20 minutes until their little bladders start to develop. Good thing nappies are so absorbent and Red Nose Baby Wipes are so gentle on baby’s skin at change time.

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Newborns are tear-free.

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They cry but they don’t produce real tears until approximately the age of three weeks. But, thanks to an overload of emotions and an influx in hormonal balance, new mums tend to make up for their missing tears during those first few days. Call it sympathy tears. And blame the hormones.

They also grow about 1 to 1.5 cm each month.

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If they kept this rapid growth up, by adulthood, babies would measure in at 51 metres tall!

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Babies are born to boogie.

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Talk about tiny dancers! Studies have proven that babies are born with an innate sense of rhythm. While they may not be able to bust a move quite yet, research shows that babies have an instinctive ability to respond to the rhythm and tempo of music and may even find it more engaging than speech.

5. Newborns don’t have kneecaps.

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No kneecap? No worries. Babies make do without. In fact, a baby’s kneecap, also known as the patella, doesn’t develop into hard bone until the little one enters preschoolerhood (between the ages of three and five).