To be a hands-on father, there are a few facts you need to hold in your pocket. Given that your partner is already overwhelmed with all the baby stuff and know-abouts, it would be great to pitch in some interesting baby facts you could know. Get ready to be a dad that raises eyebrows.
- A baby cannot taste salt until it is 4 months old. The delay may be related to the development of kidneys, which start to process sodium at about that age.
- Adults have 206 bones. When babies are born, they have 300. Their bones fuse as they grow, resulting in fewer bones as adults.
- A newborn urinates about every 20 minutes and then roughly every hour at 6 months.
- Famous premature babies include Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Mark Twain, Stevie Wonder, Johannes Kepler, and Sir Winston Churchill.
- A baby is born in the world every three seconds.
- Research has shown that cesarean babies are more likely to have breathing difficulties, as it is thought they may miss out on important hormonal and physiological changes that occur during labor.
- At birth, babies have no kneecaps. Kneecaps do not develop completely until after six months.
- In China, a baby is born with a birth defect every 30 seconds. Birth defects in that country have increased nearly 40% since 2001.
- In Europe, milk was not pasteurized until the 1890s and was avoided, particularly for infants, because people believed their child would grow up to resemble the animal.
- The term “infant” is from the Latin infans, meaning “unable to speak” and typically refers to the ages from 1-12 months. A “newborn” usually refers to an infant in the first 28 days of life.
- In Medieval Europe, unruly babies were thought to be the result of inferior breast milk.
- An average baby will go through approximately 2,700 diapers a year.
- 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, otherwise known as “motherese.”
- Psychologists believe that a baby’s self-awareness develops around 12 months old.
- Disposable diapers take around 500 years to decompose.
source : factretriever.com