Babies are fascinating. How can such a small and adorable thing exist? Are they even real?

Well, they are as real as you are, and you might find out that you don’t know them as well as you think you do.

Here are some fun facts about babies that will surprise you:

1. Babies have no kneecaps! Instead, they have a structure of cartilage that resembles the kneecaps. Cartilages do not develop until they are 6 months old.

2. Newborn babies do not have tears. They can howl and scream for things that they want and need, but tears cannot be produced for about 3 weeks. This is because their tear ducts are not entirely developed yet.

3. Babies have 300 bones. It’s a well-known fact that adults have 206 bones, but babies have almost 50% more than us. This is due to the fact that their bones fuse together during growth.

4. Birthmarks are not rare at all. It is not an abnormality, as around 80% of babies are born with it. They occur when tiny blood vessels under the skin are dilate during labor, but dome birthmarks go away after a few years.

5. Newborn babies are nearsighted. Their vision only allows them to see objects and people when they are 20 to 30cm away, as their brain cannot process information well at this stage.

6. Their hair can change all the time. The thick, black hair might just fall of or just grow thicker over the year. Their straight hair can also go from straight to curly in a few months.

7. They are capable of smiling just about a month. Try to engage your baby in funny faces or voices and repeat if required.

8. Babies do recognise the music you let them hear during your pregnancy. They can remember the music for up to 4 months, and the song may even be used to soothe his or her crankiness.

9. Your baby cries in your accent. They are capable of picking up your native tongue in the last 3 months of pregnancy. This results in them reflecting the characteristics of their mother tongue in the pattern of their cries after birth.

10. Female babies have a mini-period. When they are in the womb, they absorb your hormones – which means they have some estrogen to sort through. They will shed their uterine lining, lactate a bit and even have a mini-period.

11. Their eye colour can change. Believe it or not, all babies are born with blue eyes. The pigment or melanin in charge of eye colours will only be fully developed when they are 6 months old.

12. Babies have huge heads. Their body is not born proportionate. The head makes up a quarter of your baby’s total body length and the brain makes up 10% of their total body weight.

Source: Mom Junction.

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