Most people understand that babies eat a lot, sleep a lot and go through a lot of diapers. Do you understand why a baby will move his body the way he does? Have you figured out the secret to infant development? Most parents don’t bother learning the specific of their child’s development. Still others find the road from infancy to adulthood a mesmerizing one and learn everything they can about babies and their development.
Every day is a surprise when you have a baby! Think of what you know about babies and toss half of it out-you’ve been given a lot of bad information! Here are some things that you might be interested in knowing about babies and how they develop.
At birth a baby’s skull has yet to fuse together. This is why it is so important for adults to be careful when handling a newborn’s head. The “soft spot” is soft for a reason and not being careful around it could cause quite a bit of damage to your child’s development! Thankfully, after a few months, the soft spot won’t be so soft or nearly as sensitive as it is right after birth. The front of the skull is another story-those plates can take a year and a half to calcify and harden, so don’t stop being careful!
Even though it can take a few months for a baby to form specific words, their range of vocals is quite impressive. These sounds are possible because the baby’s voice box isn’t finished forming until the baby is older. The flexibility of a new voice box is what makes the baby’s range better than an adult’s range. Listen carefully because before you know it your baby will have started to use his sounds for different items. This is why a mother can usually tell if her baby’s cries mean that he is hungry or tired or that he needs a diaper change. Did you know that the first words a baby says are almost always simple vowels separated by consonants he can make with the front of his mouth? In a baby’s vocabulary “mama” usually comes after “dada” because it is harder for babies to learn how to make the “m” sound.
While most doctors recommend against consuming mercury while a woman is pregnant, eating non mercury forms of fish can be quite healthy. Eating salmon while you are pregnant is good because salmon is chock full of healthy nutrients for you and your baby and it does not contain mercury the way other types of fish do. There are experts out there who believe that eating fish while she is pregnant can help a mother improve the function of her baby’s brain and that will help her child develop superior communication skills later in life-more so than those children born to mothers who did not eat fish. Of course this has yet to be scientifically proven so, if you do not particularly like salmon, don’t lose sleep over this. Babies are really fun to learn about. Nobody really knows exactly how they learn or how quickly they learn it. There is nothing like watching a baby grow from an infant into an adult-it is a fascinating and mind boggling process!