10 surprising facts about babies

By on August 17, 2016

Did you know that your little bundle of joy is quite unique?  Here are some really awesome facts about babies.

1.  The chances of giving birth to twins are high in certain West African countries. In Nigeria, the odds are 22 : 1. In Japan, mothers are less likely to have twins with the odds as high as 200:1.

2.  An average baby will go through approximately 2,700 diapers a year.

3.  A baby can breathe and swallow at the same time until about seven months old.

4.  Newborn babies see people and objects at their clearest within 8 to 12 inches away. At birth, a baby’s vision is 20/400 (nearsighted) but at around the 6th month, it changes to 20/20.

5.  Regardless of genetics, most babies are born with blue eyes. This comes from the melanin/pigment behind the iris and in the main tissue of the iris which is not developed at birth. By 6 months to 12 months, the melanin is activated by your baby’s natural genes and changes to brown, hazel or blue.

6.  There are 4.3 babies born every single second around the world of which only 0.32 (per second) are those born in Japan.

7.  Newborn babies don’t shed tears when they cry until they are between 1 and 3 months old.

8.  One in 3 infants are born with a birthmark. and twice as many girls than boys.

9.  A baby is born with 270 bones. By the time he becomes an adult, the number drops to 206. The bone loss is triggered by the fusion of the spine and skull as a baby grows.

10.  A baby has as much as 10,000 taste buds located not only on the tongue but also on sides, back and at the roof of the mouth. This is why parents are encouraged to feed the baby with diverse foods during the first three months of life. These extra taste buds fade as they age.

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