Here are some fun facts you may not have known about Babies:
1. All Babies are born with blue eyes. Although the color of a baby’s eyes comes from the pigment known as “melanin”, which depends on the genes that come from the parents, melanin often needs time after birth to fully deposit or darken from exposure to ultraviolet light. Until this happens and the true eye color is revealed, most babies appear to have blue eyes.
2. Pound for pound, babies are stronger than an ox. Your baby would be as strong as Superman, if it was the size of an adult. For such tiny creatures, babies have especially powerful legs, so try to avoid getting caught by one of those kicks.
3. Babies teeth start growing 6 months before they are born. Few babies are born with teeth in place, but the fetus starts to form the teeth buds that will turn into baby teeth at around 9 – 12 weeks.
4. One in every 2,000 babies has a tooth when they are born. In some cases it is a regular baby tooth that is ahead of its colleagues, but in other cases it is a tooth “scout” – an extra little guy that checks out the terrain before falling out to let a whole set of new teeth to come in.
5. A fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months. At 6 – 13 weeks the fetus develops the pattern of what will be fingerprints. As you probably already know, fingerprints will not change throughout the person’s life and will be one of the last things to disappear after death.
6. Every human spends about half an hour as a single cell. Every baby is briefly a single celled organism after sperm and egg cells first combine. Soon afterward, the cells begin to rapidly divide, forming the components of an embryo.
7. Human eyes are always the same size from birth. When babies look up at you with those big beautiful eyes, they’re the same size that they’ll be for the rest of their lives. (That nose and those ears will keep growing for as long as they live though).
8. A baby’s head is 1/4th of it’s total length. Its OK if your baby has a giant head. They all do. Fortunately the head doesn’t change size as drastically as the rest of our body. As the legs and torso lengthen, the head doesn’t get much longer, and by age 25 the head makes up a more reasonable 1/8th of the body’s length. (By the way, Big Heart Baby One-Pieces come with overlapping neck lines to accommodate those big heads, so we’ve got your covered)
9. At around 10 weeks after birth it is determined whether your baby is right or left handed. Although you most likely will not notice a baby’s hand preference until much later, this trait is determined after only a couple of months.
10. Babies are born with 300 bones, but by the time they are adults, the number is reduced to 206. Many of the bones of babies are composed of smaller components so that it is easier for the baby to pass through the birth canal. These bones harden and fuse as the baby grows.