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Curiosities about babies

Babies have a keen sense of smell and can identify their mothers' scent within a week after being born.

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They may cry a lot, but cannot produce any real tears until they are 3 to 12 weeks of age.

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Babies respond well to human voices especially female ones.

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Babies respond well to human voices especially female ones.

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They also like to be touched. A baby who is touched often will grow better. In fact, studies show that premature babies who are touched more often experience a 47% weight gain.

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Sleeping is a favourite activity of babies. They spend 15 to 20 hours a day in slumber.

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Their heartbeat is twice as fast as that of an adult beating 130-160 times a minute.

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Their heartbeat is twice as fast as that of an adult beating 130-160 times a minute.

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Babies also breathe faster than adults at around 30-50 times a minute. Adults breathe 15-20 times a minute.

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Newborn babies have a ruddy skin when they are born. This is because their blood have a lot of red blood cells.

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Birthmarks in babies are common rather than the exception. In fact, statistics show that 4 out of 10 babies will have at least one birthmark.

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The eyesight of babies is not the greatest. You have to be close so your baby can see your face. They also prefer to look at curved angles rather than in a straight line.

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Babies feed in small amounts more times. This is because their stomachs are pretty tiny. A baby that weighs 8 pounds can only accommodate 3 ounces of milk.

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May is the month where the heaviest babies are born.

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Tuesday, on the other hand, is the most common day of the week when a baby is born.

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Babies have more bones than adults. They have 300 whilst adults have 206.

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Babies hear as well as adults. They startle at every little thing because these sounds are new for them.

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If your newborns turn their heads away when you offer food, it's body language to say that they have enough to eat.

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If your newborns turn their heads away when you offer food, it's body language to say that they have enough to eat.

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