Fascinating Facts about Babies and Toddlers
Think you know everything about your baby and/or toddler? Think again!!!
Here are 36 facts you probably never knew…
- Ultrasound scans often catch babies smiling. But the birth seems to ruin their good mood, as they rarely smile again for around a month after their birth
- Most babies recognize their mothers’ voices when they are born, but take around 14 days to learn to recognize their father’s voice
- Men are officially the best at changing a baby. Research shows that the average time taken by a woman to change a baby is 2 minutes and 5 seconds – but the average man takes only 1 minute and 36 seconds. It’s not a race!!
- A new baby usually deprives each of its parents around 350-400 hours of sleep in the first year. That is one entire night’s sleep per week, per parent!
- Babies typically prefer a female voice over a male voice, which may explain why people raise the pitch of their voice when talking to babies
- A newborn baby focuses best at objects that are 10 inches (25cm) from its nose – that’s roughly the distance from its mother’s breast to her eyes
- Every three seconds, somewhere in the world, a baby is born.
- Young babies don’t sweat because their sweat glands are not fully developed
- A newborn baby’s head accounts for about one-quarter of its entire weight
- Babies are born without kneecaps
- Until the age of six or seven months, a child can breathe and swallow at the same time and 75% of adults reading this will try to do it!
- By the time of birth, a baby’s brain is made up of more than 10 million nerve cells. It’s downhill from here
- Children born in May are, on average, 200g heavier at birth than children born in any other month of the year
- A baby cannot taste salt until it is about 4 months old
- Newborns are more likely to turn their heads to the right than to the left
- A baby has about 10,000 taste buds on the tongue, sides, back and roof of the mouth. This is far more taste buds than an adult
- About 80% of babies are born with some kind of birthmark
- Research shows that a baby responds positively to the fragrance of its mother’s breast and ignores breast pads used by other women. Even more striking is the discovery that a blindfolded woman has the ability to identify her own child from a host of other babies by scent alone
- New babies prefer smiling faces to grumpy ones. Don’t we all!!!
- An average baby will go through approximately 2700 diapers a year
- On the whole, baby boys are slightly heavier than baby girls
- The brain of a newborn accounts for 10% of its total body weight. In adults this figure is down to 2%
- Babies are born with natural swimming abilities and can hold their breath. However this ability quickly disappears
- Classical music can increase a baby’s intelligence. So they say!
- One in five toddlers can open bottles with child resistance caps.
- About a quarter of all children go sleepwalking at least once between the ages of 7 and 12
- The average child will eat 15lbs of cereal in a year
- Children laugh on average 300 times a day, adults only 60
- Reading to your child at any age will increase their knowledge
- The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded as 69
- The average toddler takes 176 steps a minute…except at bedtime!
- At one year old, a baby will have a foot half the size of their adult size (A useful tool for buying those early birthday presents or vintage fashion heels now)
- At age one, most toddlers use both hands equally and may not start showing any preference until about 2 or 3 years.
- By the end of age two, the average baby has been changed 7,300 times. The average speed of each change is two minutes which adds up to three 40 hour work weeks each year
- Your toddler is likely to be better behaved with less familiar faces because he is yet to test their limit
- Between 1725 and 1765, a Russian peasant gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets. Double, Triple, Quadruple OUCH!!!
(Random History; Oasisdoc)