How Much Do You Know About the Average Baby?



By: Stella Alexander

6 Min Quiz

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Don't be a baby, but take out those pacifiers and bottles! Every day, there are around 360,000 people who are born. While using the word "people" seems to change its context, there are 360,000 babies born each day. With the title of "baby" comes a lot of necessities and care. From how often they eat to how often they sleep, how much do you know about the average baby?

Everyone knows about the cycle of life. Every day, people are born and every day people die. While we mourn the deaths, everyone rejoices in the thousand of babies that are born each day. Each hour, there are about 15,000 babies born. This translates to 360,000 births each day and over 131.4 million each year. When you think about all these babies who are born, with them comes tons of information about them. Whether you're a new parent, old parent, or yet to have children, do you know all there is to know about a baby?

How often do they eat? How often do they sleep? Should you place them on their back? There's tons of information on newborn babies, but how much information have you retained over the years? Enough to be a seasoned parent? Let's find out!

Which of the following is not a reason why babies cry?

Babies cry for a multitude of reasons. While they cry often because they are hungry, tired or wet, crying is just something that is associated with babies and it can be hard to determine the exact reason outside of hunger and being wet.


How many bones does a newborn have?

The bones don't just disappear! Babies are born with what seems like more bones which shows in their flexibility. Many of these bones fuse to become the 206 bones the average adult has.


What sense develops first in a baby?

A baby's hearing begins in the womb, where they are able to detect a few sounds. A baby's hearing will be fully developed by the time they're a month old.


What position should you put your baby in to sleep?

It is said that it is best to place a newborn baby on their back. This actually helps prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).


What's the minimum amount of time you should breastfeed your baby?

Breast milk has tons of nutrients for babies. The World Health Organization says that mothers should breastfeed their child for up to 6 months for optimal growth.


With the inclusion of things such as alcohol and caffeine, which of the following can't a breastfeeding mother have?

When it comes to breastfeeding, a mother's diet isn't very limited. With the exception of things such as alcohol and caffeine, a breastfeeding mother is free to consume most things.


How often does a newborn eat?

Babies eat every 2-3 hours, so about 8 to 10 times a day. While this is the average, some babies will eat more or less.


When do a baby's sleep patterns begin to form?

A baby's sleep patterns begin to form in the womb. Expecting mothers can usually spot patterns in when their child is asleep and when they're awake.


What is the best way to keep producing enough breast milk?

While drinking water is great, the best way to make sure you're able to produce consistent milk for your baby is by nursing or draining your breast at least 8 times a day. The water will help increase your depleted supply afterward.


How often should a mother drink water to compensate for breast milk?

Drinking water helps with breast milk production. It is recommended that mothers drink 1 glass of water for each feeding to keep their flow consistent.


How many times a day does a baby wet their diaper?

Since babies eat many times a day, they should also use the bathroom just as much. A baby should wet their diaper around 8-10 times a day.


True or False: It's OK for a baby's temperature to be 97.5.

While the average adult's temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, most babies keep a consistent temperature of around 97.5.


When it comes to feeding your newborn, how many openings are they drinking from?

While your child might be drinking from one nipple, there is more than one opening. There's actually an average of 15-20 milk openings on a nipple.


If you're travelling with your baby, which of the following would be an absolute necessity?

When it comes to babies, you never know when they'll use the bathroom. A diaper is an absolutely necessity anytime you're travelling with your baby.


When do babies begin noticing speech patterns?

Babies begin picking up speech patterns in the womb. When a baby attempts to speak, this is from listening to speech patterns from the womb and the months after.


When does your baby's sleep pattern start reflecting yours?

You'll have to wait until your baby is not such a baby anymore. Children don't usually reflect their parents sleep patterns until they're around 3-4 years old.


What color is newborn baby poop?

When a baby is first born, its first poop will be a black/dark green color. This is called the meconium which is a combination of the things the baby ingested while inside the mother's uterus.


How old should your baby be before giving him or her honey?

While you might be tempted to give your baby honey for a cough, wait until they're at least one years old. Honey can carry a bacteria that leads to food poisoning in babies.


What is the earliest you'd expect to see your child walk?

The range for when a baby walks is wide. While babies can walk as early as 9 months, some children don't walk until they're 15 months.


Which of the following colors should breastfed poop NOT be?

Baby poop comes in a variety of different colors! It should range from mustard yellow to green to brown.


When it comes to the baby's umbilical cord, what should you clean it with?

When it comes to the baby's umbilical cord, leave it alone! Allow it to fall off on its own.


How big is your newborn's stomach after a month?

At the time of birth, a baby's stomach is around the size of a marble. By the end of the first month, its stomach should be around the size of an egg.


Around what age do babies begin crawling?

On average, babies begin crawling between six and ten months.


It is recommended that a baby should move out of a crib at what height?

You might be able to realize when to switch your child from their crib especially when they are able to climb over it. The average recommended height to move a child out of a crib is 35 inches. This is the average height of a 2-year-old.


Colic is associated with babies who do what a lot?

When a baby is considered colicky, this is usually a child who cries for an extended amount of time. This is thought to be due to gas buildup in the baby's stomach.


When should your baby start wearing shoes?

Babies don't need shoes right away. Walking without them actually helps with their balance. Babies don't need shoes until they begin walking on hard surfaces.


Around what age does a baby really smile for the first time?

While you might see newborns smiling, up until they're two months old, these smiles are usually a reflex. At two months is when most babies smile their first true smile.


What is the safest set in the car for a baby?

It is recommended to keep newborns in the backseat. They should be in a car seat with it facing the rear of the car until the infant is over 1 year old and over 20 pounds.


How much do babies sleep in one day?

Babies sleep a lot during a 24-hour period! On the average, babies sleep from 16-18 hours a day.


When babies are born, they have this reflex that causes their tongue to automatically push things out of their mouth. What's it called?

When trying to feed a newborn, you might notice that their mouth seems to naturally be pushing food out. This is due to the extrusion reflex, which causes the baby's tongue to naturally push the food out of their mouth.


At a baby's birth, what size is his or her stomach?

When a baby is first born, their stomach is as small as a cherry and grows each day. By the end of 1 week, a baby's stomach is as big as an apricot.


Dr. Harvey Karp is known for 5 S's to help colicky babies. Which of the following isn't one of the S's?

Dr. Harvey Karp developed a method that helps to calm colicky babies. The 5 S's are: swaddling, shushing, swaying, side/stomach position and sucking.


How often do you have to bathe your newborn?

When your child is a newborn, they don't do very many things to get dirty. Most newborns only need 1-2 baths a week. This number can increase as the child gets older, but remember to wash their face and genitals regularly!


At what age are babies usually ready for solids?

One marker that your baby might be ready for solid foods is if they double their weight. This usually occurs between 4-6 months. This is also toward the end of the recommended 6 months of breast milk.


Around what age do babies usually sleep through the night?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, most babies are able to sleep entirely through the night by the time they're 9 months. This is usually for a six-eight hour period.


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