10 CRAZY FACTS ABOUT NEWBORNS
Newborns: Eat. Sleep. Poop. Repeat.
Pretty much. Except, of course, the countless surprises that newborns can throw your way. As a mum with a brand new squishy bundle of joy, I thought it would be fair to share some of the crazy cool facts I’ve recently stumbled on.
1. Babies don’t have kneecaps
How weird, right? But it’s true! Babies’ kneecaps are nothing but cartilage and only develop around six months of age.
2. 300 Bones!
Think back to your anatomy classes. Remember the number of bones in a human body? 206… except babies are actually born with 300! As they grow their little bones fuse and eventually get down to the magic number of 206.
3. Tastebuds overload
In addition to extra bones, babies also have around 30,000 tastebuds, WAY more than adults. These tastebuds are not just on the tongue but on the sides, back and roof of the mouth.
4. Salt-free diet
Despite these tastebuds, babies cannot taste salt until four months old.
5. Baby got blood
Babies are born with only around one cup (250ml) of blood in their bodies. The average blood content in adults is around the five-litre mark.
6. Tear-free tantrums
Newborns don’t have tears, but this doesn’t stop them from letting you know what they want. Tear ducts develop several weeks after birth.
7. Swallow and breathe
Babies have this amazing ability to swallow and breathe at the same time, which is why they are so good at chugging back that milk! They will lose this talent around seven months.
8. Pee patrol
Feel like your baby is constantly peeing? Probably because she is! A newborn urinates about every 20 minutes. By six months, this will decrease to roughly every hour. That’s a whole lotta nappies!
9. Big baby blues
While every part of a newborn’s body grows at an incredibly speedy rate, there is one part that remains the same size it was at birth. The ears? Nope. The nose? Try again.
Yep. It’s the eyes! Well, the eyeballs to be specific. The eyeball is the only part of the body that doesn’t grow from birth, meaning that a newborn’s eyes are fully grown when s/he is born.
10. Black, white and red all over
Babies are born with limited vision, especially in terms of colour. The first colour to develop – red! They will be able to see the full spectrum of colours by the time they reach five months of age.