1.A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his body.
2.Babies are born with no bacteria in their bodies.
3. Parents of new babies miss out on 6 months worth of sleep in the first 2 years of their child’s life.
4.Newborn babies can only see in black and white for a few months.
5.Neuroscientists believe babies don’t dream for the first few years of their life.
6.Babies have three times as many taste buds as adults.
7.Premature babies are more likely to be left-handed, many studies suggest.
8.Every 30 seconds, a baby is born with a birth defect in China.
9.Over 90% of women who learn that they are carrying a baby with Down Syndrome, will choose abortion over keeping their baby.
10.A baby was born in 2005 with a conjoined head that had no body. The head could blink and smile.
11.Babies are born with self-awareness which allows them to differentiate their bodies from other people’s.
12.A 20-month-old baby became the youngest professional soccer player ever, after being signed up by a Belgian club.
13.Adults have 206 bones. When babies are born, they have 300. Their bones fuse as they grow, resulting in fewer bones as adults.
14.A baby has around 30,000 taste buds. They are not just on the tongue but also on the sides, back, and roof of the mouth. Adults have about 10,000.
15.A baby can recognize the smell and voice of its mother at birth. It takes a few weeks before a baby can see the difference between its mother and other adults.
16.In four or five out of every 100 newborn babies, there is discharge of milk from the nipples. This is due to unusually high levels of the mother’s hormones that leak across the placenta during pregnancy. Premature babies never have this discharge, only those who are full term.
17.On average, female babies spend a day longer in the womb than male babies. White babies, on average, spend five days longer inside their mothers than black babies, while Indian babies spend six days longer in the womb than white babies.
18.The brain of a newborn accounts for 10% of its total body weight. In adults this figure is down to 2%. By the end of the first year, an infant’s brain increases in size two and half times, and by the end of the fifth year, it is three times what it was at birth. At all stages, the male brain is slightly larger than that of the female.
19.Most newborns will lose all the hair they are born with in the first three or four months of life.
20.The term “infant” is from the Latin infans, meaning “unable to speak” and typically refers to the ages from 1-12 months. A “newborn” usually refers to an infant in the first 28 days of life.