Becoming a mom in my mid-thirties means that I have watched almost all of my friends become moms and many family members, as well. I was also a children’s pastor for 13 years, which means… more mommies and babies!
Though there are downsides to being an “older” mom, my late entrance to the baby making world means that I have had a lot of mommies to go to for advice. It also means that I was pretty comfortable with babies and knew quite a bit about them… or so I thought.
Here’s a few interesting and fun facts that I didn’t know about newborns:
- 1. They sneeze a lot. At 6 months my little one still sneezes daily but not nearly as much as he did as a newborn. Newborns sneeze often because they’re clearing out their nasal passages. They could also be reopening a closed nostril. Particularly when a baby nurses, a nostril can close up. The baby will sneeze afterward to reopen.
- They pee approximately every 20 minutes. This is why diapers are a wonderful baby shower gift!
- A newborn recognizes mom’s voice at birth. Also, this is the sound newborns respond to best.
- Breastfed babies’ poop looks like mustard with seeds in it.
- Most babies will lose all of their hair that they are born with. I always knew babies lost their hair but I didn’t realize that many babies lose all of it. I found this out when someone asked me if it was normal that my son had lost so much hair. I confidently replied, “yes” and then hung up the phone and googled it!
- Newborns don’t shed tears. I think the first time my son shed tears, I did too. This can happen anywhere from one to three months. (I’ve read some say as early as two weeks.)
- Newborns see best from their peripheral vision. They also can only see about 8-12 inches away.
- They flail a lot. Newborns have been living in a pretty tight space. Now they have plenty of room but little control over their little bodies.
- Newborns have more bones than adults do. Babies are born with around 300 bones while adults have 206. So where do all those bones go? They are fused together during development.
- Their strongest sense is smell. I’ve heard it said that babies could pick their mommies out in lineup based on her scent. This is particularly true with breastfed babies, who can smell their mother’s milk from 3 feet away!
Read an updated version of this article on The Huffington Post.