Items You Probably Don't Realize About Babies

By Ali Garcia

Most people know at least the basic baby things. Someone has undoubtedly told you that it can take a little bit for babies to start to recognize other people. You already know that a baby will understand on instinct who his mother is even within a minute of being born. You probably already know that babies develop at vastly different rates. There is no set date for walking, talking, forming complete sentences, potty training, rolling over, etc. You might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of other things to learn about child development and babies. The infancy period is one of the most interesting of all areas of human development. The number of things that happen between conception and a baby's first complete sentence would astonish you. Even though it doesn't look that complicated the truth is that growing up is fraught with challenges and changes!

Did you know that babies are not good at perceiving the differences in colors very well? It takes a while after being born for a baby's eyes to finish developing and for the synapses from the eyes to the brain to be fully formed. This is one of the reasons why babies respond better to primary colors whey they are used in a room or on toys. Bold reds, blues, greens and even black and white are best for babies. In the eyes of a baby, a lot of pastel colors look pretty much the same.

Some babies already have teeth when they are born-did you know that already? Still other babies are born with no hope of having their teeth come in until they hit their first birthdays.

Did you know that not all babies are born toothless? Still other babies are born with no hope of having their teeth come in until they hit their first birthdays.

Most parents dread the teething process. There is no right age for teething to start so don't start to freak out if it happens "too early" or "takes too long" to start. Each baby is different and develops at his or her own pace so, even though you might have had three kids who started teething at six months, that doesn't mean that your newest baby will start at that time.

Until recently even doctors believed that babies didn't smile until a while after they had been born. Gas is usually given credit for the first signs of smiling in a baby's life. Nobody thought that smiling could be instinctual; instead it was widely regarded as learned behavior. Disapproval and unhappiness were thought to be easier for a baby to express than happiness. These theories have been mostly disproved. Ultrasounds have gotten a lot better in recent years and prove that babies can smile before they are born. Lots of mothers and fathers have been given photographic evidence of their baby smiling in the womb. Now scientists and doctors believe the reason babies do not smile for a while after they are born is because the process of being born is too traumatic.

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