Newborn babies are some mysterious miniature human beings sometimes. They are using their five senses to experience new things every single day. Not only do they experience new things, but their bodies sometimes do some odd things that many people wouldn’t expect. Newborns are programmed differently than older children and adults. They even have more bones in their bodies than adults do! But that’s not the only thing that is different about babies who were just born. Sometimes females babies even leave a normal, but scary surprise in their diapers! Continue reading to learn 10 strange facts about newborn babies!
10 They Have Swimming & Diving Reflexes
Babies are born with some pretty awesome reflexes. Two of them being something known as the swimming and diving reflexes, according to Babycentre.co.uk. The swimming reflex causes babies to start kicking their arms and legs when they are in the water. The diving reflex causes them to hold their breath when they go underwater. However, even with these reflexes, it does not mean that parents should leave their little one unattended near or in water because they can’t actually swim. But it is something that is fascinating to watch when parents take their little one into a pool with them.
9 Many Newborns Have Something Known As A “Stork Bite”
Babies sometimes have something known as a “stork bite.” It is basically a birthmark that babies sometimes get that usually disappear as the child gets older. They are usually something that isn’t permanent. According to Wedmd.com, a “stork bite” is “a pink or red area in the forehead, eyelids, bridge of the nose, or back of the neck.” Babies can often get other types of birthmarks that also fade away in time. As reported by Babycentre.co.uk, roughly one-third of babies are born with some kind of birthmark!
8 Baby Girl’s May Have Something Strange In Their Diapers
Thanks to mom’s estrogen levels during pregnancy, they can actually be passed on to the baby. Sometimes, on occasion, moms and days may get a terrifying surprise in their newborn baby girl’s diaper. Some parents may actually see some blood in their diapers, according to Parents.com.
When a female newborn gets a little blood in their diaper it is known as a mini-period. It is something that can freak most people out. So don’t be surprised if this happens to your child.
7 They Are Tearless For The First Month
Babies may get very fussy, which is common and to be expected, but they don’t actually start to really cry until they are about 2-3 weeks old, according to Webmd.com. However, even though a little one is crying, they don’t actually form any tears until they are about one month of age. Seeing actual tears in your baby’s eyes can be seen as a minor milestone for your child. Some people might see their baby not having any tears as them not actually being upset, or fake crying as some call it, but until they reach around one month of age this simply is not the case.
6 They Have Extra Tastebuds
Surprisingly, babies actually have taste buds in the back of their throat and also on their tonsils. Another strange fact about a baby’s taste buds is that they cannot taste anything that is salty. They usually gain this sense of taste when they are about 5-months-old, according to WebMd.com. Can you imagine not being able to taste when something is too salty? For this reason, parents should watch if they do try to feed their baby anything off their plate that it is not covered in salt. Salt is known to sometimes cause swelling, according to Popsci.com.
5 They Can Have Up To 300 Bones In Their Body
Adults have about 206 bones in their bodies on average. But, shockingly, babies have roughly 300 bones in their tiny bodies. That is almost 100 extra bones that adults don’t have, according to Babycentre.co.uk.
Their bones are actually more flexible than adults since they have to travel through the birth canal and get twisted in so many different ways during birth. As babies grow and get older, their bones will actually fuse together and start to harden which will bring them down to roughly the 206 bones.
4 They Can Sometimes Stop Breathing
There may be some occasional times when a baby will stop breathing, usually in their sleep, for roughly 5 to 10 seconds. It can be frightening for moms and dads when they aren’t aware of this or expecting it. On the opposite side of things, there can be times when a baby will breathe more than 60 times a minute when they are really excited. The only time parents need to worry about when their child stops breathing is when the baby starts to turn blue or doesn’t start breathing again after a few seconds.
3 They Love White Noise
If your little one gets one gets very fussy, all you have to do is turn on some white noise and it has been known to calm newborns because the wooshing sounds remind them of being inside the womb. Things like fans, vacuums, and even a hairdryer can create enough white noise to soothe a newborn. Parents can also buy a white noise machine that could be found on multiple websites and sometimes in certain stores. It would be a good investment in order to keep your baby feeling comforted and calm.
2 Their First Duty Doesn’t Smell Bad
To many people’s surprise, a newborn’s first duty does not have a foul smell to it since it lacks the gut bacteria that is caused by eating and drinking. Their first bowel movement is known as something called meconium. It is generally a dark, almost black, tar-like substance.
So, parents, please don’t like the color shock and surprise you. It is basically made up of amniotic fluid from inside the womb and mucus. It can also be made up of anything the baby has swallowed while inside the womb. After a few days, the color will start looking normal.
1 Their Stomaches Are About The Size Of A Hazlenut
Surprisingly, a newborn’s belly is very small and is only about the size of a walnut, according to Babycentre.co.uk. This is why newborns need to feed every few hours throughout the day. Their little tummies only hold so much formula or milk. But as they grow and get older, their stomaches will get bigger. According to babycenter.co.uk, it is very important to burp your little one properly because those air bubbles can take up a lot of space in their bellies.