Saturday, October 29, 2011

Interesting and Little Known Facts about Babies

By Logan Baxter

It's common knowledge that babies are fun and cute. They wear goofy clothes that are somehow still cute. When else in life can a person get away with wearing a sweater emblazoned with a clown without being teased? Most people think that being a baby is pretty easy. 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 complicated and have very distinct needs and very unique abilities. Here are some baby facts that should be interesting for you to learn.

It is hard for most babies to tell the difference between one color and another when they are still very young. It will take some time after a baby is born for his eyes to finish maturing and for the synapses between them and his brain to be complete. Babies see primary colors better than any other, which is why you should choose those colors for his nursery and toys. You should focus the color scheme for your baby on bright reds and blues and greens or even on black and white. Babies can't tell the difference between pastels.

Did you realize that some people give birth to babies who already have teeth? Other kids don't start getting their teeth in until they are between a year and eighteen months old.

Music can be heard and recognized by babies even before they are born! Different songs can be recognized by the time an infant is thirty four weeks along. A baby can spend more than a month in utero listening to and appreciating different songs. Some women say that they will sometimes feel their babies moving to the rhythm of some music. So a person's musical preference does show up before the child is conditioned to like one type of music over another. Isn't that great?

Most people believe that babies do not know how to smile before they are born. If a smile is detected it is blamed on gas. For decades most people believed that babies had to learn how to smile-that it was a condition picked up by the infant early in life. It was widely believed that it was easier for a baby to learn how to express unhappiness than it was to learn how to express happiness. These theories have been mostly disproved. As ultrasound technology progresses, more people are able to see their babies smiling in the womb. Many families have been given ultrasound pictures of their smiling children weeks before they 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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