Lesser known facts about your little one
Babies are extremely fascinating beings. They are like us but still different in so many ways. When entering parenthood, we make sure we know everything there is to know about the baby, the right diet, the right vaccinations, even the most suitable cosmetic products. However, there are still a lot of things that those parenting books don’t tell us. Now while these facts may not help us be better parents, they will definitely help us understand the little one better.
The Moro- reflex:
You may find your baby constantly moving around in the crib, throwing their arms and legs around. It is all part of the growing process and will stabilize after the first 3-4 months.
More Bones than Adults:
As opposed to a fully-grown adult, babies have 300 bones, that fuse together to form the normal 206 as they grow.
Slight disfiguration in the shape of head after birth:
Since a baby’s body is so soft and malleable, some times during childbirth it experience a little wear and tear, especially when an external object like forceps is used to pull the baby out. However, it is not a permanent change and the shape of their head will return to normal on its own, if you are still worried, you could consult the paediatrician.
If you notice that your baby is cross- eyed or crosses his/her eyes often, don’t be alarmed, it is absolutely normal up to the first six weeks after birth. If the baby continues beyond this time period, you should consult your paediatrician.
More Taste buds:
Babies have around 10000 more taste buds than an adult. We have it on our tongue while they have it on the sides, back and roof of the mouth. In fact they develop taste even while they are in the womb. If the mother indulges in a certain kind of food during her pregnancy, the baby is very likely to develop a liking to that as well.
Babies can determine the source of sound from just 10 minutes after being born.
Crying without Tears:
We often notice that babies cry but don’t shed tears, and we often misunderstand this as a sign of the baby seeking attention. While this may sometimes be true, it is not always the case. Babies do not have fully functional tear ducts until the age of 3.