There’s a lot we’re still learning about babies. But as we continue to study their growth and development, we find some pretty weird, fascinating, and, yes, even gross habits that they develop.
Don’t worry, they grow out of them…eventually.
Babies are attracted to their mother’s breasts and their own fingers because both retain the scent of amniotic fluid even after birth.
Babies and their mothers can and do exchange DNA while in the womb, carrying the other’s genetic info for years after birth.
Moms are predisposed to kissing their babies because they will ingest any viruses or bacteria that happen to be on their baby’s skin. It could prevent infection, so kiss away!
Babies grow body hair and even mustaches in the womb, but actually eat and digest the hairs immediately before birth, then pass them the first time they go to the bathroom after birth!
Babies cry in different accents, mimicking the sound of their parents’ voices.
Newborns don’t have fully developed vision and can only see in black and white for the first few months of their lives. The first color they can see is red.
Babies most fully developed nerves are in their mouth, which is why everything they touch seems to end up there. They’re testing things out!
Babies use 50% of their glucose supply for fuel, whereas adults only use 20%. The comparative lack of extra fuel is why they sleep so much.
As late as 1985, doctors didn’t anesthetize babies because they felt while babies could feel pain, they wouldn’t remember it, so it wouldn’t cause long-term harm.
While a mom is carrying a baby, if the mother is suffering an ailment, the baby will send its stem cells to the mother to help protect her.
Until they’re about six months old, babies have innate defense mechanisms against drowning. Their heart rate drops, they slow their breathing, and they reduce circulation to survive.
Babies clutch your finger when you touch their palm. It’s called the Palmar reflex, demonstrating increasing motor skills during development.
Babies can be found smiling an average of 200 times any given day!
Many neuroscientists believe that babies don’t dream the first few years of their life because their brains aren’t developed enough for that activity.
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