If you’ve never been a parent before (or are expecting), sometimes it can be easy to forget that babies are just little versions of their adult selves. They have thoughts, feelings, and their own perceptions of the world. It can just be hard to communicate them when you can’t talk! Raising a child requires acute empathy. But sometimes it helps to know just what your baby is feeling! How do they see the world? Well, this article by Fit Pregnancy may teach you a thing or two. For example, did you know that:
-Scientists have determined that newborns can focus their eyes on objects that are only about 18 inches or less away. Conveniently, that works out to roughly the length from the crook of your arm to your face, a baby’s favorite object to study.
-“A newborn’s stomach is about the size of a walnut,” says Carol Huotari, manager of the Center for Breastfeeding Information at La Leche League International. This is partly why newborns nurse around the clock.
-Crying is normal and healthy most of the time and helps babies communicate hunger, pain or the need for a new diaper. But what of those times when an infant simply breaks out in cries for no apparent reason? It may be that he needs to be held and touched.
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