25 Beautiful Facts About Babies

That Salty Taste

That Salty Taste

A human baby is not able to taste salt until they are around four months old. It's probably got something to do with the development of the kidney which begins processing sodium at around that time.

The Good In Leeches

The Good In Leeches

For better of for worse, leeches were often used to treat babies' illnesses during medieval Europe. It might sound like child abuse if we go ahead and mention it but we're sure that it's not nearly the worse thing that people endured during the Middle Ages.



20/400

20/400

When we're newborn babies, our vision is about 20/400 and won't become 20/20 until we're about six months old.

Right and Left

Right and Left

Due to the way they're positioned whilst in the womb, a newborn baby is more likely to turn its head to the right than the left side.



The Inner Ear

The Inner Ear

This is the only sensory organ that fully develops in a human baby while still in the womb.

Noggin

Noggin

There's a protein which prevents a baby's skull from fusing together. Strangely, it's known as "noggin". Or perhaps the strange thing is that we've taken that word and used it as a slang term for the head.



Them Bones

Them Bones

Before their bones fuse and result in the 206 bones that we have as grownups, a baby has a total of 300 bones.

The Length Of Intestines

The Length Of Intestines

Your intestines are around 22 feet long, however, when you were a baby, they were only about 11 feet. Yeah, they've doubled.



Can't Stop Peeing

Can't Stop Peeing

A newborn baby urinates at a rate of about once every 20 minutes! Thankfully for their parents, this decreases in frequency to about once every hour by the time they're 6 months old. Still, that's a lot of pee!

Smile!

Smile!

Human babies are the only primates which smile at their parents. Doesn't that make you feel all warm inside?! Awww......



Premature Greatness

Premature Greatness

We're all familiar with babies being born prematurely. Some of the more famous babies who were born this way include the man pictured, Stevie Wonder, as well as others like Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Mark Twain and Sir Winston Churchill.

The Most Children

The Most Children

The woman who is recorded to have given birth to the most children ever was a Russian peasant mother who had 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets, for a total of 69 kids! It sounds both impressive, and like a whole lot of hard work!



Emilio Marcos Palma

Emilio Marcos Palma

....Was the first baby born on the continent of Antarctica, in 1978.

Taste Buds

Taste Buds

When you're a baby, you have about 30,000 taste buds but by the time you become an adult, you'll have only 10,000.



Births In The USA

Births In The USA

In the United States each year, there are more than four million babies born.

World Births

World Births

Around the world, there are around 131 million new lives being brought in to the world (15,000 per hour). Yeah, that's far more than the amount who leave the land of the living each year, but many experts (perhaps optimistically) suggest that those numbers will be far more even over the coming years.



If Mom Has An STD

If Mom Has An STD

There are a myriad of horrible side effects a baby may suffer if their mother has an unchecked STD of some sort. These can include low birth weight, conjunctivitis, pneumonia, neonatal sepsis, neurologic damage, blindness, deafness, acute hepatitis, meningitis, chronic liver disease, and cirrhosis. Also, death, of course.

No, I'm Full

No, I'm Full

You know when you shake your head and universally, it's accepted that you mean "no"? There are many researchers who suggest that this stems from when we're babies and turn our heads away from food offered to upon being full.



That's My Mother

That's My Mother

When you're born, you're instantly able to recognize the smell and voice of your mother (assuming you have those sense, of course) but it will take a couple more weeks before you're able to pick your mom from other people, visually.

See Me Smile

See Me Smile

The first time a baby smiles socially will be somewhere around the 4 to 6 week mark of life.



Wednesday to Sunday

Wednesday to Sunday

In the United States, the day of the week you're most likely to witness a childbirth is a Wednesday, while Sunday is the day on which the least children are born (perhaps they're keeping the Sabbath holy?).

Summer and Fall Babies

Summer and Fall Babies

Still in the USA, late summer and early fall are the times of the year during which most babies are born. February seems to be the time where least are born (but it's the shortest month, isn't it?).



Every 3 Seconds

Every 3 Seconds

...is how often a new life is brought in to the world (we already did the amount per year and hour).

Heavy May

Heavy May

Babies born in May are the heaviest (on average).



Give Me A Patella

Give Me A Patella

When you're born, you don't have a kneecap. By the time you're about six months old, you should probably have two...