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Facts About Babies Most People Don’t Know

By Tracey Waters

Sure everybody knows that babies are cute and snuggly. They wear sweet and funny looking outfits. At what other stage in life can a person wear a t-shirt that says “Daddy’s Princess” without getting funny looks? Being a baby certainly does not look all that difficult. These same people seem to think that, except for an inability to communicate properly, babies are not that much different from adults. The truth is that babies are complex little creatures with their own sets of needs and abilities. Here is some (hopefully) new information about babies.

Babies have three hundred bones in their bodies when they are born. After a person finishes growing up he or she only has two hundred and six bones. Contrary to how this sounds, you never actually lose bones-some of the individual bones that you are born with simply fuse together to form single bones. Many believe that this is one of the main reasons that a baby is so much more flexible physically as an adult-because the bones are able to move independently of one another in infancy. There is some logic to this-after all, when was the last time you could put your feet behind your head?

Most people already accept that babies are able to hear sounds even before they are born. Many sounds cause babies to have strong reactions-reactions that have been recorded before the baby is born. Did you know that a fetus’s ears are just as sensitive to varying decibel levels as those of an infant? The ears of an unborn infant are extremely sensitive. Doctors recommend that, while women are pregnant that they keep their music, televisions, etc below the level of a modern vacuum cleaner. If you must listen to loud music, wear headphones as this will cut down on the noise inflicted on your baby considerably-some doctors even think that vacuum cleaners are too loud so keep the noise to a dull roar as much as you can.

Even though you want to avoid mercury, you can still have fish-just make sure it is a mercury free species! By now you’ve probably had a bunch of your friends as well as your doctor tell you that you should be eating salmon because it contains a bunch of healthful properties that you and your baby need and it is mercury free. Some think if a woman eats fish while she is pregnant that she will improve her baby’s brain function and that her child will develop better communication skills than a baby born to a mother who did not consume fish while she was pregnant. This theory is still just that: a theory, so do not beat yourself up for neglecting your baby’s brain if you don’t eat fish, can’t eat fish or simply haven’t eaten that much fish during your pregnancy.

Many people are fascinated by babies. We have yet to figure out just how quickly babies learn and by what process they retain those things. There is, however, a universal consensus on just how wonderful it is to watch babies grow up: they change every single day!

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