Newborns, Parenting

What You Need to Know About Newborns

Newborns don’t have knee caps.

Babies are born with pieces of cartilage that will eventually become the bony kneecap, or patella, that adults have. Why? Babies with bony kneecaps at birth could make the birthing process more difficult or result in birth injuries. Click here to read more.

They don’t cry tears, immediately.

Newborns start making tears when they are about two weeks old, but often it is just enough to keep their eyes moist and not enough to make real tears that you can see when they cry. Infants often don’t develop real tears that you can see until they are about two months old. Read more here.

Birthmarks are normal.

80% of infants are born with birthmarks. Parents should stay aware of any birthmarks and potential changes to them and see your pediatrician. Read more about different birthmarks from John Hopkins University.

They are born without a body clock.

Tired? You should be! Your newborn has no sense of time and the sleep schedule will showcase this. This is because newborns aren’t governed by a circadian rhythm, the physiological impulse that lets your body know to sleep at night and wake during the day. It takes around 12 weeks for a baby to properly recognize the difference between night and day, and even longer (three-five months) before they sleep at night.

They cry with your accent.

Yep, that’s true! A study conducted shows that babies cry in the native language of their parents. By recording cries of 60 babies born to French or German parents, researchers discovered that babies cry with the same “prosody” or melody used in their native language by the second day of life. Read more here.

Your baby will breastfeed on demand.

During the first six weeks, it’s essential to let your baby nurse whenever he or she wants. It is advised not to establish a feeding schedule too early as it can backfire by interfering with your milk supply. Don’t worry about having enough milk, the more your baby eats, the more you’ll produce. Read more here.

Baby poop changes over time

Depending on the diet of your newborn, you can expect changes in their diaper. Don’t despair, these changes are normal and can include changes in frequency, texture, and color. Click the link for a Baby Poo Gallery here. This will help you determine if your baby’s poop needs medical attention.

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