5 Things You Didn’t Know About Babies
These are 5 things you must know about babies:
Their tonsils have taste buds
A baby has about the equal number of taste sensors as younger adults; they spread up to tonsils and the back of the throat. A newborn can have tasted like sweet, sour and bitter, but not salty (up to around 5 months). It’s because the breast milk is sweet, while bitter and sour is harmful. When they start taking solid food, they will tend to like the same things their mother ate during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
They cry without tears, at first
Babies start crying at 2-3 weeks, but tears only show up until they’re about a month old. Late afternoons and early evenings are prime fussing time. Often, it’s for no visible reason.
“Peak crying” continues for around 46 weeks after gestation, or say the age of 6-8 weeks for full-term babies.
They like to face right
Only 15% of newborns babies prefer to turn their head towards left when lying on their back. It seems to be related to genes, like having dimples. This bias continues for a few months, and it may help tell why more people are right-handed.
Sometimes infants stop breathing
When they’re sleeping, they may take a pause without a breath for 5 to 10 seconds — just enough to make a new mum or dad panic. Irregular breathing is normal. When the baby is excited or after crying, he or she may take more than 60 breaths per minute.
They can scare themselves
It does not take much to scare a newborn: a loud noise, strong scent, sudden motion, bright light, even their own cries. You will know it has happened when he flings his arms out to sides, hands open, then quickly closes up and tucks back toward his own body. This Moro reflex might have developed so as to prevent fall.