8 Amazing Facts about Newborns

Amazing Facts about NewbornsHaving a baby is enough of a memorable experience to last for an entire lifetime. The truly remarkable aspect of birth is the newborn child that comes from it. Babies are so small in size, yet so big in importance and magnificence. We’ve compiled a list of the most amazing fun facts about these tiny humans:

1. Quantity

Have you ever wondered how many babies are born around the world each week or day? How about every minute or second? There are actually about 255 newborns that come into this world every single minute; that comes out to over 4 births per second!

2. Crawl

Did you know that babies can crawl as soon as they are born? In 1987, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden compiled findings that proved this. Once a baby was born, they laid it on their mother’s chest, and they were able to find her chest for feeding within an hour!

3. Mom’s Voice

In addition to being able to crawl upon being born, newborns can also recognize their mother’s voice at birth as well! They have been shown to recognize their mom’s voice above all others, despite not having the best hearing just yet.

4. No Tears

Newborns are bound to cry a lot, but they cannot produce tears! Although the tear ducts and glands are working, they produce just enough fluid to lubricate and protect your baby’s eyes. The tears don’t flow until between one and three months.

5. Extra Bones

Can you believe that newborn babies actually have more bones than adults do? A baby is actually born with 270 bones, and by the time he/she reaches adulthood that number drops to 206. This is caused by the fusion of the spine and skull as the baby grows.

6. Blue Eyes

The melanin/pigment in the main tissue is, in most cases, not developed at birth, which causes most babies to be born with blue eyes! By six to twelve months, the melanin is activated by your baby’s genetics, which causes the change to their real eye color.

7. Nearsighted

When a child is first born, they are naturally very nearsighted! Their vision only allows them to see people and objects at their clearest when they are within eight to twelve inches away.

8. Birthmarks

If your little one has a birthmark somewhere on their body, it’s not unusual at all! Did you know that one in every three newborns are born with a birthmark? Also, this happens to twice as many girls as it does boys.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

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