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Well! I never knew that about my baby...Part 2


1. Newborns are more likely to turn their head to the right than to the left. Margulis, Jennifer. 2005. Why Babies Do That: Baffling Baby Behavior Explained. Minocqua, WI: Willow Creek Press.

2. A newborn urinates about every 20 minutes and then roughly every hour at 6 months. O’Hara, Georgina. 1989.The World of the Baby: A Celebration of Infancy through the Ages. New York, NY: Doubleday.

3. The inner ear is the only sense organ to develop fully before birth. It reaches its adult size by the middle of pregnancy. Good enough reason to talk to your unborn child and play your favourite music - as they may recognise it once they are born. 'Fascinating Baby Brains.' Live Science. Accessed: June 14, 2011

4. Approximately 80% of infants are born with some form of birthmark, usually 'stork bites”' (from the old wives' tales about a baby being delivered via stork!) and 'port wine stains.' Morris, Desmond. 2008.Amazing Baby. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books

5. At birth, babies have no kneecaps. Kneecaps do not develop completely until after six months. Morris, Desmond. 2008.Amazing Baby. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books

6. The grasp of a newborn baby is so strong that its whole body can hang in midair, with its bent fingers supporting its weight. Don't try this at home! It is usually tested at a post-natal check up. Morris, Desmond. 2008.Amazing Baby. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books

7. Babies are not born with psychic tearing, or tears that indicates emotional distress, though they are born with basal tearing (enough tears to keep the eyes moist and healthy) and reflex tearing (tears that respond to an irritant). Between 2 and 4 months of age, a baby will start crying with 'real' tears when it gets upset. Fascinating Baby Brains.” Live Science. Accessed: June 14, 2011

8. Babies typically prefer a female voice over a male voice, which may explain why people raise the pitch of their voice when talking to babies, otherwise known as “motherese.” Morris, Desmond. 2008.Amazing Baby. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books

9. Children don’t remember much before the age of 3, due to what psychologists call “infantile amnesia.” Neuroscientists believe that early experiences never make it into long-term memory banks because the brain’s recording machinery isn’t functional yet or because memory is tied to language acquisition. Fascinating Baby Brains.” Live Science. Accessed: June 14, 2011

10. What's in a name? Choosing a baby's name proves to be a challenging task for many parents.And they're wise to work hard at it. A name can have a profound impact on a child that reverberates well into adulthood, a growing body of research suggests. https://www.livescience.com/6569-good-bad-baby-names-long-lasting-effects.html


I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about your baby.






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