20 Amazing Facts About Babies That You May Not Know



You may think ‘what is there to know about babies?’ They are lovable, cute and they scream. But they are also extremely smart. Each parent thinks their baby is a genius, but truly, human babies are quite intelligent. Infants can grasp abstract concepts, make logical deductions and distinguish emotions. In many ways, they are not very different from adults. However, babies have more to teach us than initially believed. Here are some amazing facts about babies that you may not know.

Smell And Sound

Babies learn to identify the smell and sound of their mother immediately.

Tears

Newborn babies cannot cry with tears for three weeks.

Strength

Babies are very powerful relative to their small size. You may not believe but they can lift their own body weight without any difficulty.

Swimming Abilities

Every baby is born with natural swimming abilities.

Sleep

Sometimes, infants sleep with their eyes open.

Memory

Danish researchers has found that three-year-old kids could remember the faces of people they had met at the age of 12 months.

Fear

Babies can learn from their mothers what to fear very early in life. Distressed mothers give off odor, which is smelled by their babies.

Sense Anger

Sleeping babies can sense when their parents are fighting.

Social Dominance

Researchers at Harvard University have found that babies less than one year old are aware of social dominance and use size to determine who will win when two individuals’ goals clash with each other.

Pre-Eclampsia

Unborn babies protect their mothers from pre-eclampsia by releasing a hormone called adrenomedullin. Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy complication which is characterized by high levels of protein in the urine and high blood pressure.

Lemur

Research suggests that three-month-old babies can learn from lemur screeches.

Speech

According to the researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, babies try to practice speech much before they start uttering their first word.

Self-Awareness

From the time babies are born, they are well aware of the fact that their body is their own.

Music

According to scientists, babies can identify tunes they have heard in-utero, even a year after birth.

Sympathy

According to a study published in the journal PLOS One, babies may show sympathy toward others in distress.

Big Learners

If you are physically and mentally tired of wiping food off the walls, the ceiling, high chair and the table after feeding your kid who takes pride in throwing food all over the place, cheer up. A study suggests that babies who are excellent in creating mess are big learners.

Sex Hormone

Babies’ cries can boost the sex hormone testosterone in men.

Dogs

Infants are smart enough to tell the difference between friendly and angry dogs.

Bones

Babies are born with 300 bones. Some of these bones ultimately fuse together to form the 206 bones that adults contain.

Feel Good Hormone

The smell of babies activates the feel good hormone called dopamine in mothers. In other words, the baby’s odor generates the same reaction or response in mother’s brain as tempting food.