Babies that are fresh out of their mothers’ wombs can bewilder us with strange things, such as producing poop in many different colors, including yellow and green. And believe it or not, their very first poop doesn’t even stink. It’s only after you start feeding them that they start having gut bacteria that gives the excrement this familiar stench. This is only one of the many astonishing things about newborn babies.
We at Bright Side are looking into some of the most surprising things about newborn babies that are actually very common.
1. They don’t have kneecaps.
Since bone is very rigid and prone to breakage, it can make the birthing process more difficult and cause injuries. This is why babies are born with flexible cartilage in their knee joints instead. Eventually, this cartilage will harden and become bony kneecaps, like the kind adults have.
2. They have way more bones than we do.
In fact, babies are born with around 100 bones more than adults have in their bodies! They have about 300 bones at birth, and these will, in time, fuse together to form the 206 bones that adults have. Some of their bones are made of cartilage that will be replaced by bones with the help of calcium as they grow. The whole process will be complete by the time they turn 25, after which, bones can no longer grow.