Almost everybody understands that babies are sweet and cuddly. 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. The majority of the population seems to think that babies are fully formed adults except for their inability to speak in complete sentences. Babies are actually quite complicated and have very distinct needs and very unique abilities. Here are some facts about babies that might be new to you.
A baby’s infancy is an amazing period of time. Between conception and toddlerhood is an incredibly exciting time. Babies might not look like they do much all day but under the surface they are working like crazy to grow up! Even while a baby is in the womb he or she is sensitive to light. Your eyes are incredibly complicated devices. In order to work the right way your eye muscles need to have extremely precise coordination. Babies usually have working eyes by the end of the first trimester or very beginning of the second trimester.
Think about it: how often are you able to eat your own feet as a grown up? All babies know how to hold their breath and how to swim when they are born. It won’t be long before your baby forgets how to do these things. It is this instinct that makes some doctors believe water births are best. Apparently the transition from the womb to independent life is easier with a water birth because the babies have spent nine months “swimming” inside mommy’s womb. These experts believe that the water helps them smooth the way from being a totally depended fetus to being an independent baby much better than a regular hospital birth.
Did you know, though, that decibel levels are just as important while the baby is in the womb as it is once the baby is born? You can hurt a baby’s ears even before he is born! The loudest sound your infant should be subjected to (inside the womb or outside of it) is the household vacuum cleaner. Vacuum cleaners usually push the limit of the baby’s comfort level with noise, so it is a good idea to keep the music down and to avoid things like heavy construction and loud traffic. Everybody knows that babies use crying to communicate their need for service or attention but did you know that the baby does not cry real tears until he or she is almost a month old? Tears contain stress induced hormones.
There is no need to worry if you are not a big fan of fish-this is still just a theory. Many people are fascinated by babies. A babies learning process is largely uncharted territory-nobody truly understands it. One thing is for certain: babies change every day and watching them grow up is amazing.