Monday, September 19, 2011

Facts You Might Not Know About Babies

By Ali Garcia

It's common knowledge that babies are fun and cute. They wear adorable and funny looking clothing. At what other stage in life can a person wear a t-shirt that says "Daddy's Princess" without getting funny looks? Most people think that there isn't much to being a baby. You might be surprised to learn that most people think that babies are already mostly adult except for a few developmental flaws like an inability to speak and a lack of teeth. Babies are actually quite complex creatures who have very specific needs. Here are a few things that you might not already know about babies.

Did you know that babies are born with three hundred bones in their bodies? By the time a person reaches adulthood there are only two hundred and six bones in the body. This makes it sound like the bones disappear but the truth is that many of the bones that are separate at birth fuse together into larger bones as children grow up. Many adults believe that it is the fusing of the bones that causes them to lose their flexibility-they believe that the individual bones gave them better ranges of motions. There is some logic to this-after all, when was the last time you could put your feet behind your head?

Did you know that babies are born with three hundred bones in their bodies? Fully grown adults only have two hundred and six bones in their bodies. While this might sound like your body absorbs your bones as you grow up, the reality is that some of your bones simply fuse together. It is a commonly held belief that the fusing of the bones is what causes adults to lose some of their flexibility-because the individual bones can no longer move independently of each other. If you look at a baby's flexibility and compare it to your own, this might make a lot of sense.

Did anybody ever tell you that when babies first start to grow, they grow a tail along with their other limbs? It's a fact! During the first few weeks after conception babies grow tails along with their brains, hearts and lungs.

Most people think that babies do not learn how to smile until a few weeks after they are born. Smiling is often attributed to gas or the baby's having to go to the bathroom-at least until it reaches a few weeks in age. Nobody thought that smiling could be instinctual; instead it was widely regarded as learned behavior. Crying seemed to be instinctual so everyone thought it was simply easier for babies to show when they were displeased and that expressing pleasure was something they had to be taught how to do. Now scientists have learned differently. Smiling has been picked up by newer ultrasound machines, proving the old theories are wrong. Doctors are now able to give parents pictures of their children s smiles weeks before the children are due to be born. The belief now is that the birthing process is traumatic for the baby and that it takes a while for the baby to get over it and "learn" to smile again.

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