We’re sure there are 7 things you didn’t know about newborns. Your baby may start to lose some of his birth weight or he may start swimming at birth or start speaking in the womb.
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7 Things Didn’t Know about Newborns
1. Babies are able to swim from birth
It is a little known fact that babies are born with a reflex that causes them to naturally hold their breath underwater. They can even splash around with their arms and legs that appear to be swimming. Take a swimming class or spend a Saturday morning in a public swimming pool with them and you’ll understand what we mean!
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2. Breastfeeding Takes Practice
Your baby will need to learn to breastfeed, just like you do. Unfortunately the first few weeks can be difficult and painful as you both get used to it, but it gets easier. Be prepared and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it – there is plenty of it.
3. The conversation begins in the womb
Babies in the womb can actually hear the mother’s voice by around 23 weeks of pregnancy. So, although your baby doesn’t start speaking until about a year, the language is forming long before birth. Help your baby listen to your voice as much as possible by talking and singing a lot. It is never too early to start.
4. Sometimes Babies Lose Weight – that’s Normal
If your baby starts to lose some of his birth weight don’t panic; it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not getting enough milk. During the first few days of life. It is normal for your baby to lose between 5% and 10% of his body weight. Although most babies return to birth weight by the time they are around two weeks old, see your doctor if your baby continues to lose weight or if you are particularly worried. You can also call NHS 111.
5. Babies have More Bones than Adults
At birth, your baby has around 300 bones, even though an adult adult only has around 206. Over time, some will fuse together and get stronger and stronger. You can see it in the skull which is made up of three pieces so that your baby’s head can pass through the birth canal. As your baby grows, these skull bones fuse to become one solid bone.
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6. Newborns are Nearsighted
Babies can only see clearly 8 to 12 inches (20cm to 30cm) ahead of them. Everything else is pretty blurry even though they can make out motion. From one to two months, your baby will be able to focus on an object in front of him. Their vision should be near perfect within four months.
7. When it comes to Sleeping Baby, Everything is Fine
Newborns need an enormous amount of sleep. During the first few weeks, it won’t be unusual to see your baby sleeping up to 18 hours a day. Sleep generally consists of a series of naps at random times throughout the day and night. They will eventually start sleeping more when it is dark and quiet. While your baby is unlikely to maintain a regular feeding and sleep pattern for up to about three months. It’s worth learning the sleep signals and getting him to sleep before excessive fatigue sets in.
Having a baby is a big learning curve for both you and your partner and there are sure to be many surprises along the way!. Don’t forget to talk to your doctor or midwife if you need help. Many new moms are likely to have had the same worries many times before.