Babies may seem like undeveloped little creatures but they are actually much more complex than you’d think. There are many amazing things you did not know about your baby and there are probably many others to be discovered in the future. Here are just 10 of these astonishing facts about babies:
1. Newborns are not helpless
A Norwegian study revealed that newborn babies are not as helpless as they seem: left on their own, they crawled on their mommy tummies slow, but synchronized, and reached the breast, where they started feeding on their own. This is a basic survival instinct that astonishingly survived in babies, even though they do not need it anymore.
2. Their hearing is sophisticated
Only 10 minutes after being born, a baby is able to tell where a sound came from, hence proving that, even though his other senses are not fully developed, his hearing surely is! This is not actually that much of a surprise, since we know that even unborn babies are able to hear exterior sounds and become familiar with their mothers’ voices.
3. “Programmed” to prefer human speech
A baby is “programmed” to recognize and prefer human speech and thus, this is what he will start imitating while learning to talk. Otherwise, the baby would start imitating other sounds, like the telephone ring or your dog’s barking, instead of human sounds and speech.
4. Stress tears
The baby is unable to cry tears until at least 3 weeks old, or even 4 months old. This happens because their tear duct is not fully developed up to that age, though exceptions are not impossible. An interesting thing about tears is that they contain stress hormones and crying helps the baby to calm down. Humans are the only being on Earth who may cry stress tears.
5. Babies have superpowers
The special ability of babies of feeling how you are feeling is astonishing. An experiment was conducted in this respect and researchers found out that unborn babies became more active when their mothers were listening to music, and especially when it was the music that their mothers liked. What is amazing is that the women had their headphones on and thus, the fetuses could not actually hear the music, but they responded to their mothers’ reaction to music.
6. How far can a baby see?
Until he is 3 months old, a baby may focus to a distance of only 22 cm, but this is the perfect distance for a newborn: this way, he baby may focus on the mummy’s face while being breastfed and also, may focus on his own body parts-especially on his hands.
7. Babies are designed to be loved
It is very important for a baby that his mom protects him and keep him warm, in her arms. Thus, he has “weapons” to make his mom want to hold him: the round forehead, the perfect little nose the chubby nose and the big eyes are all especially made to trigger a certain response from adults: protection and comfort.
8. Mothers have superpowers too
A mother is not lacking super-abilities either, when it comes to her own baby: even though it seems hard to believe, a mother is able to tell her baby’s cry apart from many others, just 3 days after having delivered.
9. Babies can tell one monkey from another!
Babies not only develop new abilities while growing up, but also lose some of them. You all are familiar, probably, with the fact that babies are able to swim as soon as they are born, but lose this capacity as they grow older. Another amazing –and recently discovered fact- is that 6-month-old babies are able to distinguish among human individuals but also among monkey individuals! However, by the time they are 9 months old, they can only make the difference among humans, but they already lost the capacity of telling one monkey from the other.
10. Touch is important
Touch is truly important for a baby to feel safe and thus, there is no surprise that touch is one of the few advanced senses that a baby has. Even premature babies of only 25 weeks already have this sense and are aware of being touched. This sense develops downwards, from head to toe and thus, the mouth is a very sensitive place from an early age. This is why babies will take anything to the mouth.