Whether a parent-to-be, grandparent, family, friend, or just dreaming of the day of having your own kids, these 15 truly amazing facts about babies are a lot to think about. We have collected a bunch of facts about babies in the womb, newborns, infant, toddlers.
1. Findings showed that during pregnancy, cells from fetuses can migrate into the brains of their mothers and a son’s DNA can shows Up in his mother’s Brain.
Findings showed that during pregnancy, mothers and fetuses often exchange cells that can apparently survive in bodies for years, a phenomenon known as microchimerism. Scientists had found that in mice, fetal cells could even migrate into the brains of mothers. Now researchers have the first evidence fetal cells do so in humans as well.
The investigators analyzed the brains of 59 women who had died between the ages of 32 and 101. They looked for signs of male DNA ―which, they reasoned, would have come from the cells of sons. (They searched for male DNA because female DNA would have been harder to distinguish from a mother’s genes.)(source)
2. Babies will instinctively hold their breath underwater until the age of six months.
Infant swimming is the phenomenon of human babies and toddlers controlling their breath and moving themselves through water. It’s called the bradycardic response. It is not true that babies are born with the ability to swim, though they have reflexes that make it look like they are. Babies aren’t old enough to hold their breath intentionally or strong enough to keep their head above water.
Most infants, though not all, will reflexively hold their breath when submerged to protect their airway and are able to survive immersion in water for short periods of time.(source)
3. Babies put anything/everything into their mouths because its where their most-developed nerve endings are.
Until the baby is about seven months old, the baby can’t really use their hands and fingers to explore objects. They can grip objects with their hands, but they don’t have the ability to stroke, poke, or prod with their fingers yet. However, baby can control their lips and tongue, so their mouths and gums objects as it pleases.(source)
4. Babies smile an average of 200 times a day. The average woman smiles 62 times a day and the average man only 8.
Babies are found to smile an average of 200 times a day. By this comparison, an average woman smiles only 62 times a day and an average man smiles only 8 times a day. Studies depict that a bright smile signifies a person’s health, happiness and financial security.(source)
5. Newborn babies, when left to lie on their mothers stomach for the first hour will crawl up and attach to their mom’s nipple without assistance. They are attracted to the nipple’s similar smell to amniotic fluid.
Newborn babies have a tendency to crawl up to their mother’s areola/nipple almost instinctively when they are made to lie on their mother’s stomach. This movement is known as ‘Breast Crawl” and the reason is the attraction of babies towards the Amniotic fluid. As a fetus inside the womb, the babies are subjected to olfactory learning and get attracted to the smell of amniotic fluid.
The presence of amniotic fluid on baby’s hands also tells us why they keep sucking their hands and fingers.(source)