Babies truly are an adorable lot! When we stop to admire their innocence, we don’t even notice the time passing by. Watching them as they learn about their surroundings (and you) by seeing, listening and touching is all we need to keep ourselves entertained. But did you know that your baby really is smarter and stronger than you think? Read on to find out more!
1. Babies know how to swim
If you have tried putting your baby in the water you would have observed that they automatically start swinging their arms and legs in the water. They can even hold their breath underwater. They do need parental guidance, of course, while they are in the water. If you are planning to take them for a swim, do make sure the water is warm and that your baby is wearing a wetsuit.
2. Babies have more bones than adults
Yes, it is true. Your infant has more bones than you. A normal adult has 206 bones in their body whereas babies have 300 bones. As they grow, the bones will form links with each other so that two or more bones combine to form a single bone.
3. White Noise = Lullaby
All that noise that you think are disturbing your child may actually be helping him/her to fall asleep. White noise includes the sound of a running vacuum cleaner, a car or even the soft hum of a washing machine. Although it may sound annoying to you, your baby might find it as relaxing as a lullaby. A mother’s heartbeat, in particular, is something that can calm your baby down. They also love hearing their mother’s voice.
4. Baby’s brain grows FAST!
A baby’s brain grows rapidly after they are born. In fact, within the first year of life, your baby’s brain would have grown to be 60% of its full size.
5. Babies can swallow and breathe simultaneously
When your baby was in the womb, they would swallow and breathe through their mouth. The oxygen was present in the fluid that surrounded them so they would swallow and breathe at the same time. After they are born, however, they start breathing through their nose and lungs but the epiglottis and soft palate touch while breathing with their mouth closed. While nursing, the larynx elevates and allows the epiglottis to interlock with the soft palate, thus allowing your baby to swallow and breathe at the same time. No adult human can do this, only your (super)baby can!