By Adeline Woo
As parents, sometimes we tend to overlook the simplest things in life. When we have a new born, one would think we pay more attention to our child but here are 5 things that we never realize!
1) Babies take more breaths than adults.
If any parent out there realized this, kudos to you! However, there is no need to worry because according to Orgeon’s Health and Science University, a baby’s normal breathing rate is about 40 times per a minute while us adults only breath between 12 and 20 times a minute.
2) Newborn Babies don’t shed tears.
You’d probably go, what nonsense is this? But it’s true! If you observe a newborn closely when he/she is crying, you’d realize that there are no tears. Why? Although the tear ducts and glands are working, they produce just enough tears to lubricate and protect your baby’s eyes. But you’ll soon realize that those teardrops will start to flow between 1 and 3 months.
3) Babies can Crawl as soon as they are Born.
We’re not pulling your leg here! In 1987 the Karolinska Institute in Sweden compiled the findings of their study on the “Breast Crawl”. When the baby was dried and laid on a mother’s chest immediately after birth they were able to find her chest for feeding within an hour. Pretty impressive don’t you think?
4) Newborns Recognize Mom’s Voice At Birth
I’m sure every mum is pleasantly pleased upon reading this! When a baby is born, their hearing isn’t a 100% up to par yet because the middle ear is still full of fluid which tends to impair the hearing somewhat. The one sound they are able to recognize is the sound of mama’s voice. They respond to this sound above all others.
5) All Newborns Are Nearsighted
This might explain why all newborn babies like to grab things and bring it up to their face! Newborn babies are very nearsighted and their vision only allows them to see people and objects at their clearest when they are within 8 to 12 inches away.