10 interesting facts about babies

Science develops fast, but there are still many curiosities that we do not know about babies. A peculiar matter is the tight bond that forms between mother and child, a bond that science fails to explain. Miracles are all around babies.

Let’s look at 10 of the most interesting facts about babies.

1. A few days of birth and your baby can tell the difference between various fibres.

2. In general, newborns turn their heads more to the right than to the left.

3. The newborn is urinating once at 20 minutes, then once in 6 hours.

4. Once at 3 seconds a baby is born in the world.

5. Some of the premature born babies are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Napoleon Bonaparte and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Great minds seem to be hasty.

6. The baby has kneecaps that are not visible on X-rays during pregnancy.

7. The baby’s head is about 25% of the general weight.

8. Baby boys are generally heavier than baby girls.

9. Babies have around 10,000 taste buds, much more than adults, but they disappear in time.

10. Usually, newborns tend to sleep about 16 hours per day though not continuously.

Enjoy your experience as a new parent. It doesn’t hurt to give in to your inner child from time to time, especially since your baby needs a play comrade. Rejoice because you were a tiny miracle too.

New Mother Syndrome or Post-Natal Depression

You are home with your newborn. You look at that angel sleeping and you suddenly burst into tears. Do not worry – feeling emotional, in tears and panicked is normal for a new mother. Your life perspective changes from “I” to “my child”. You have new priorities and you are more sensitive than ever.

Reading this article will help you make the difference between baby blues and post-natal depression. Remember that a happy mother is a happy child.

New Mother Syndrome

This is hardly a problem or an illness. The new mother syndrome is the change in perspectives. From woman you become mother, the ultimate title. In the first weeks of maternity, you can suffer from the so-called baby blues, which are random bursts of tears, anxiety or sadness. They do not last long, though and they swap with good moods.

You need to realize that being a mother is not entirely a joyful, idyllic experience. It is also an overwhelming, tiresome experience.

What you need to do is take care of yourself and of your baby. Do not neglect yourself. Get enough rest and eat well.

Most mothers panic when their baby cries… or does not cry. Babies have their own alarm system and crying is their way of speaking.  When your baby cries and weeps, try to keep your cool and soothe his nerves, do not become yourself agitated and nervous.

Things get problematic if your sadness persists and it becomes a way of living.

Post-Natal Depression

Scientists did not discover yet why some mothers become depressed and others do not. It is the result of many factors: an unstable financial situation, no support from their life partner, the absence of family and friends, previous depressive symptoms.

Consult with your doctor to diagnose correctly a depression.  Here are the most common symptoms of post-natal depression:

  • Manic behaviour: insomnia, severe agitation
  • Prolonged sadness
  • Lack of hope and no perspective on life, future
  • Guilt
  • Irritable behaviour, unjustified anger
  • Indifferent to your baby or a wish to harm him
  • Indifferent to your life partner

It is very important to acknowledge these symptoms and not to keep them to yourself. Do not be afraid of being judged or misunderstood. In any types of depression, communicating with your closest ones and a doctor is the best method.

Post-natal depression does not mean you have failed as a mother.

Love yourself and your baby.

Welcoming the newborn to the family

You have already gotten used to that growing bulb in front of you. But at the thought of 9 months finale it is going to kick you from the outside, you start to panic. Worry not! That little spring of joy that you carry will be properly welcomed in the new life with our 5 tips.

1. Impulse control

First of all, try to control your shopping craving. The excitement of new items, cute and colourful and the variety of newborn products that seem to lure you… However, this time you need to be chary of spending money. The baby growth rate is quite rapid. In the first 6 months, your newborn may grow 1/2 – 1 inch per month and you don’t want to buy new clothes each month.

At the news of you expecting a baby, your closest friends and family already bought or plan to buy lots of toddler clothes, even bury you in borrowed items.

2. Prioritize

Keeping the new baby healthy is of most importance. Buy the right feeding products. While you are breastfeeding, you can acquire breastfeeding pump, nursing bra and feeding support pillow that can make the process less stressful for you, because less stress for mommy means a happier toddler. Also, sterilize the feeding bottle or any product that comes in contact with your baby since they are very sensitive to bacteria and viruses.

3. The Special Bag

Whether you buy a tote bag or borrow one, you need this for the most necessary items that will follow you and your baby everywhere… just everywhere. It should contain: diapers, baby blankets, plastic bag for used diapers, towel, and baby wipers. If you plan to travel with your baby in a car, buy a baby car seat or borrow one.

4. Dreamland

Prepare the sleeping place for your baby. Buy or ask the people around the house to help you build a crib according to the safety standards. If you are short on money, just make sure that the sleeping place for your baby is going to be safe, comfortable and secure since they tend to roll over and move a lot. You need to make sure the baby will not end up with a pillow or blanket over his face.

5. Be there

Your baby needs to feel you close. Talk to him, play with him (in a gentle way). When he is crying, do not hesitate to take him into your arms and soothe his pain. Do not believe the saying that being next to your child will make him „soft”, a baby’s primal need is his parents’ affection.

Have a joyful baby experience!