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-A baby cannot taste salt until it is 4 months old. The delay may be related to the development of kidneys, which start to process sodium at about that age.

-On birth, babies do not have kneecaps. Rather they have a structure of cartilage that resembles kneecaps. They usually don't develop them fully until after six months.

-In medieval Europe, leeches were commonly used to treat babies' illnesses. For example, leeches were placed on a baby's windpipe for croup. Additionally, teething babies were commonly purged or bled.

-One would think that January sees the heaviest babies given all the holiday eating but this is untrue. May is actually the month that sees the heaviest babies born. Usually about an average of 200 grams heavier than any other month.

-In the U.S., more babies are born on Wednesday than on other days of the week. Sunday is the slowest day.

-In China, a baby is born with a birth defect every 30 minutes. Birth defects in that country have increased nearly 40% since 2001.

-They can scream and holler for what they want or need, but newborns can't technically cry. Tears can't actually be created or released until about three weeks in. However, in some cases, it isn't unusual for babies to shed their first tears until four or five months.

-The protein that keeps a baby's skull from fusing is called "noggin".

-When babies are born, they have 300 bones. Adults have 206. Bones fuse together during growth to come up with the new number.

-Newborns are more likely to turn their heads to the right than to the left

-The inner ear is the only sense organ to develop fully before birth. It reaches its adult size by the middle of pregnancy.

-Newborn birthmark are very common and normal. Around 80% of all babies are born with some form. The most common include stork bites and port wine stains.

-A baby has around 10,000 taste buds, far more than adults. They are not just on the tongue but also on the sides, back, and roof of the mouth. Eventually these extra taste buds disappear.

-The intestines of a newborn are about 11 feet long. The length will double by the time the baby grows to adulthood.

-Babies will startle at just about anything. Not because it is louder or softer, but because it is new.

-A newborn urinates about every 20 minutes and then roughly every hour by 6 months.

-Human babies are the only primates who smile at their parents.

-A newborn's eyesight is just about as good as an adult's. However, their brains aren't able to process information as well and usually start out at about eight to 15 inches of range.

-If a person who was born 8lbs and 20in at birth continued growing at the same rate as he does the first year, by the time he reached 20, he'd be 25ft tall and weigh nearly 315lbs.

-A baby is born in the world every three seconds.

-A newborn turning his or her head at a spoonful of food means they are full. This is also where shaking your head "no" comes from.

-Famous premature babies include Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mark Twain, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Renoir, Stevie Wonder, Johann Goethe, and Sir Winston Churchill.

-The largest number of babies born to a woman is 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets.

-It only takes a few weeks in before a baby can visually distinguish between his or her mother and other adults. The constant sounds and sights are soothing to the child and are missed when gone.

-In 1978, the first baby was born in Antarctica: Emilio Marcos Palma.

-Each year, over four million babies are born in the U.S.

-A baby is typically capable of their first smile at only one month old.

-Approximately two or three of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing. More lose their hearing later in childhood.

-Babies can suffer serious health effects if their mothers have an STD, including death, low birth weight, conjunctivitis, pneumonia, neonatal sepsis (infection in the baby's blood stream), neurologic damage, blindness, deafness, acute hepatitis, meningitis, chronic liver disease, and cirrhosis. Many of these problems can be prevented if the mother receives prenatal care that includes screening for STDs.

-The heaviest baby ever born was a boy who weighed 22 pounds, eight ounces. He was born in Italy in 1955.

-In 1970, the average age for a first-time mum in the U.S. was 21. In 2008, it was 25.

-It is estimated that new parents in the U.S. will spend on average $7,000 the first year on a new baby's diapers, formula, and day care. This does not include medical costs.

-While adults and babies can do both, only at a certain age can you do both at the same time. At around six months is when babies can both take a breath and a bite at the very same time.

-The number of babies born to single women is at record levels. In 2010, there were 9.8 million single mums living with children under 18 in the U.S., up from 3.4 million in 1970.

-Over half a million babies (1 in 8) are born prematurely in the United States each year. Low birth weight rate has increased 9% since 2000 and 24% since the mid-1980s.

-At six months in, babies have usually doubled their birth weight. A near impossibility at any other age.

-Research has shown that cesarean babies are more likely to have breathing difficulties, as it is thought they may miss out on important hormonal and physiological changes that occur during labor.

-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.

-Pound for pound, your baby is stronger than many animals. An oxen is the best example of compatible strength. Their strongest muscles? The legs.

-A baby's head is proportionally huge, being one-quarter of the total body length, compared to only one-eighth of the total adult's length.

-The grasp of a newborn baby is so strong that its whole body can hang in mid-air, with its bent fingers supporting its weight.

-Although they can't speak, babies can still communicate physically. Waving bye-bye, clapping, pointing, and others are ways that they communicate. Studies show that the more physically they communicate, the better they will verbally communicate.

-At the moment of birth, a baby's heart beats at 180 pulses per minute. Within a few hours, the rate falls to 140 pulses. At 1 year old, the infant heart rate is 115 beats per minute. An adult's average resting level is 70-80 beats a minute.

-Research shows that a baby responds positively to the fragrance of its mother's breasts and ignores breast pads used by other women. Even more striking is the discovery that a blindfolded woman has the ability to identify her own child from a host of other babies by scent alone.

-At the end of the first year, a baby's weight will have tripled. That means if they were born at ten pounds, at their first year they will weight around 30, give or take.

-New babies prefer looking at a drawing of a face rather than a random pattern, and they prefer smiling faces to grumpy ones.

-Up until 7 months old, a baby can breathe and swallow at the same time.

-At one year old, a baby will have a foot half the size of their adult size.

-The youngest person ever to give birth was a five-year old Peruvian girl, Lina Medina.She gave birth to a boy on May 14, 1939.

-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.

-By the end of age two, the average baby has been changed 7,300 times. Average speed of each change? Two minutes, which adds up to three 40 hour work weeks each year. The average dad takes one minute, thirty seconds to change a diaper. This still adds up to about two 40 hour work weeks a year if dad did all of the diaper changing.

-The very best chance a baby has of surviving gestation is when its mother is aged 22.

-The average weight of a baby at birth is 7-8 lbs. The smallest baby ever to survive weighed only 8.5oz at birth.

-Feel like your kid is all nose and ears? That's because they never stop growing. Only the eyes remain the same size.

-On the whole, boy babies are slightly heavier than girl babies. The average weight of a newborn boy is 7lbs 10oz while that of a newborn girl is 7lbs 2oz.

-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.

-During the nine months between conception and birth, a baby's weight increases 3,000 million times. On average. And this doesn't even take into account for multiple births.

-Babies are born with natural swimming abilities and can hold their breath. However, this ability quickly disappears.

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