Many people assume that babies are only about diapers, breast milk (or formula) and long naps. Have you learned why babies’ bodies move the way they move? Do you understand how babies develop? So many people do not understand the little things about why a baby grows the way it does. For others though, the subject of infant and early childhood development is something that they make the time to learn about.
You probably already know a few things about babies. Most people know that it takes babies a while to get to know someone. You probably have been taught that a baby instinctively knows who his mother is almost as soon as he or she is born. You already understand that no two babies are going to develop at the same exact rate. Baby’s do not follow a pre-set schedule for milestones. There is so much more to know about babies and how they develop and grow! Nothing is more interesting than watching a baby grow up. 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!
Did you already know that there are three hundred bones in an infant’s body? When a person becomes an adult there are only two hundred and six bones in his or her body. You do not lose any bones as you grow up; the reason an adult has fewer bones than a baby is because as the baby grows some of his bones 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. When you see how easily babies can move and compare it to your own physical limitations this might be a plausible theory for you.
Babies can sense light changes even in the womb. There are millions of fibers and nerves that make up your eyes. You would be surprised by just how much coordination is needed for your eyes to work properly. A baby has eyes that are useful within a few months of being conceived. By about six months into your pregnancy your baby will be sensitive to light. Another amazing “eye fact” about babies: most Caucasian babies are born with blue eyes but will “settle in” to their permanent eye color by the time they are a few months old. The blue color in your baby’s eyes will probably change if you are Caucasian. So do what you can not to let your heart get set on having a blue eyed child. That color will probably change. Did you realize that some people give birth to babies who already have teeth? On the other hand, other babies don’t even start teething until they are more than a year old
In spite of taking a few months to start forming words that adults can identify, the range of sounds babies can make is amazing. This is due to the fact that a baby’s larynx won’t be finished developing until long after the baby has been born. The flexibility of a new voice box is what makes the baby’s range better than an adult’s range. Babies quickly start to assign the sounds they make to the things that they want or need. This is the way babies teach their parents how to get them what they want-as long as the parents are paying attention they can usually figure it out within a moment or two. A baby’s first word is usually one that he can make using the consonants made by the front of his mouth and a couple of vowel sounds. It is because of this that a baby’s first word is usually “dada” and not “mama”: dada is easier to imitate and is almost always a surprise to both the parent and the baby!
Even though you want to avoid mercury, you can still have fish-just make sure it is a mercury free species! By now you’ve probably had a bunch of your friends as well as your doctor tell you that you should be eating salmon because it contains a bunch of healthful properties that you and your baby need and it is mercury free. Some think if a woman eats fish while she is pregnant that she will improve her baby’s brain function and that her child will develop better communication skills than a baby born to a mother who did not consume fish while she was pregnant. If you do not eat or particularly like fish, don’t worry-none of this has been scientifically proven as fact yet.
It is easier for babies to learn how to communicate with their parents physically than it is for them to learn how to do so verbally. This is why so many parents teach their children sign language when they are babies. Signing programs teach babies how to use physical actions for things like hunger, thirst, tiredness, needing a diaper change, etc which helps them communicate better with their parents. Some research has even shown that babies who learn to communicate with the baby signs program (before they learn to talk) go on to have stronger communication skills that people who were not taught physical forms of communication at an early age. Babies are really fun to learn about. Nobody knows for sure exactly how they learn or how fast they pick things up. There is nothing like watching a baby grow from an infant into an adult-it is a fascinating and mind boggling process!
If you want to learn more about babies there are plenty of little known facts that you can choose from. You already know how fast babies grow up. But do you know just how they develop? Have you learned about all of the amazing milestones between early childhood and being all grown up? Childhood development is a fascinating subject-just look at what you have already learned!
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