Babies are angelic and innocent. Their life seems to pretty much revolve around eating, sleeping and fussing when they need to be changed.
In reality, babies are much more complicated than they seem. Here are a few facts about babies that you may not be aware of:
- Babies have super strength: Stay away from their legs as they kick them. That kick can pack a surprisingly strong wallop.
- Babies are manipulative: Babies are cute. They are cute when they smile and they are “poor little things” when they cry. Soon these little devils learn to manipulate you by using these twin tools of smiling and crying to get what they want.
- Babies have no kneecaps: The number of bones in your baby’s body is more in number than those in an adult. This is because many small bones fuse to make a single bone, as the baby grows. They also do not have knee caps. This makes their body supple and they can bend it to any shape they want. That is the reason how they can put their toes into their mouth.
- Babies have sophisticated hearing: They can hear while they are in the womb. They can hear even better when they are out. They respond to sound stimulation better than any other. They recognize your voice and soon they pick up others’ voices too.
- Babies cannot regulate their body temperature: That is the reason why they need to have an extra layer of clothing even when it is warm outside.
- Babies sleep a lot: Babies sleep for around 16 hours a day initially. But they do it in spurts of 2 to 3 hours so chances are that you will still be sleep deprived for at least six months. That is when they finally learn to sleep through the night.
- Babies recognize faces: Though initially they cannot see beyond a few feet they will soon start recognizing and distinguishing between faces. Which is why they will yell their head off when someone whom they do not recognize, pick them up.
- Babies cannot cry: Yes, they do not have well-developed tear ducts. This means they do not cry tears. Most of their crying is just screaming.
- Babies have a sense of taste: Babies develop a sense of taste very quickly. Generally, they are fond of sweet things but as they grow, they develop their personal tastes.
- Babies are sensitive: Babies sense the environment around them. Watch them, next time you stub your toe and cry out in pain. They will look perturbed too and will probably try to make a comforting gesture. A happy song naturally perks them up.
Spending time with your baby can be a very rewarding experience. They can surprise you and make you feel good in so many ways. This is a bond that could last forever.