Baby and her mother. (Photo by Miguel Palacios/Cover/Getty Images)

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They are small, cute and they smell funny. They are little bundles from heaven that will grow up and cut you off in traffic. But when they are babies they are really something. Here are some fun facts about babies for you current and/or expectant parents.

Fun Fact About Babies

  • Every three seconds a new baby comes into the world. Four million babies are born in the US each year.
  • The normal baby will be about four months old before it can taste salt due to the kidneys not being fully formed.
  • There is a protein that keeps a baby’s skull from fusing. It’s called “noggin.” Sound familiar?
  • A newborn baby is more apt to turn its head to the right than to the left.
  • Babies are born with way more taste buds than adults. About 10,000 to be exact. They are located on the tongue, sides, and roof of the mouth. Over time they disappear.
  • Babies are born with 300 bones. Full-grown adults have 206. Baby’s bones will fuse together as they mature until they reach the 206 level.
  • Would someone pass the Pampers. Newborn babies pee about every 20 minutes up to about six months then the reduce that to every hour. See how much money you save in just six months?
  • Primates don’t smile at their parents… oh wait babies do. But they are the only ones. One more thing that makes them so special.
  • Only one sense organ reaches full development before birth — the inner ear. It reaches adult size at about 4.5 months.
  • A baby can tell the difference between bristles of different diameters within a few days of birth.
  • Were you a preemie? That would be a baby born before the full term of the pregnancy. You are in good company. Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mark Twain, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Renoir, Stevie Wonder, Johann Goethe, and Sir Winston Churchill all arrived ahead of schedule.
  • Emilio Marcos Palma was the first baby born in Antarctica way back in 1978.
  • They say childbirth is painful. A Russian peasant woman gave birth to 69 children between 1725-1765. That would be 16 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. That’s a lot of morning sickness.

Some Final Thoughts

Facebook posts are full of cute kids doing cute things. Kids fascinate us. Some people can’t get enough of them; others can’t keep them far enough away.

In public we silently question the parenting skills of those with unruly children. But at the end of the day, they all grow up to be somebody. Some good, some bad, but each and every child is born with a purpose. The question is — will they find it?

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