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September 27, 2017

10 Things You Should Know About Babies

The brand-new bundle known as your newborn baby will bring you much joy, a million pride-filled moments--and a few surprises. Learn more about what babies are really like and ace your way in the world of first-time parenting.

CRYING IS THEIR WAY TO COMMUNICATE

Their piercing wails will let you know they're hungry, cold, hot, itchy, have a dirty diaper, or simply want to be held. These early "conversations" can be frustrating at times, but it's better than being totally clueless whenever they need something from you.

THEY NEED TO BURP

Whether they are on breastfeed or on formula, they are going to get little bubbles in their tummies that need to come out. There are a bunch of different positions you can try to make sure you get all that air out, so find which one works best for you. When they’re being fed, have them burp about halfway through.

THEY SLEEP A LOT--BUT NOT FOR LONG STRETCHES

Babies need to eat every two to three hours, so their hunger is kind of like their built-in alarm that it's time to wake up from a short slumber. Silver lining, though, is that your lack of sleep won't last for very long. Most infants can sleep for six to eight hours by 3 months of age.

THEY LOVE WHITE NOISE

You know that black and white static screen that flashes on old school TVs? Babies love that. It reminds them of the ambient noise they had while in the womb. You can get a little noise maker that clips on to the crib or the carrier, or even just use an app on your phone that has a bunch of soothing sound options.

THEY LOVE TO BE SWADDLED

Babies love being wrapped up nicely like a tiny burrito. They are born with a startle reflex, and swaddling them helps to make sure that their arms or legs don’t wake them up when they jump while sleeping.

THEY ARE READY TO PLAY FROM BIRTH

The little ones love skin-to-skin contact. They expect companionship, not isolation or intrusion. They enjoy being the center of everyone's attention. Even when they seem unresponsive and fragile, they are actually ready to play from birth. Playing is a primary method for them to learn self-control, social skills and practical intelligence.

THEY CAN IDENTIFY YOU BY SMELL

Babies' sense of smell develop in the womb that's why it's one of the strongest senses present at birth. This strong sense of smell can actually help them identify you--they recognize your scent by the time they are a week old.

THEY DON'T SEE VERY FAR

For the first few weeks, babies can only focus on objects 20 to 30cm in front of them. So don't expect to make a reaction from them when you're on quite a distance, even when it seems like they are looking your way.

THEY DON'T EASILY FORGET

Babies lock their experiences into procedural memory vaults that will be inaccessible but apparent in later behavior and attitudes. They can be stressed when you neglect their list of basic needs and they don't easily forget that.

THEY HAVE THE MOST SENSITIVE SKIN

Newborn skin is very delicate. Chemicals, fragrances, and dyes in clothing, detergents, and baby products can cause babies' skin irritation, dryness, chafing, and rashes. That's why it's very important to stick to products with the safest ingredients. A skincare brand you can trust with your baby's sensitive skin is Yorba Organics. From foam baths, body oils, powders, lotions to diaper creams, you are assured that your tiny tot's skin will receive the love and nourishment it needs.