Being a Dad is AWESOME!
Being a NEW dad is Crazy Stressful at times!
So I’ve gone ahead and created Dad’s Shortlist Guide #1 – Babies.
What is a Shortlist?
A shortlist is just like it sounds. A Short List consisting of around 5 to 10 items.
In this first round we’re talking Babies!
#1 – Babies Have a TON of Taste Buds!
Around 10,000 actually. That’s more than the average adult. A LOT MORE!
So next time you’re shoveling spoon after spoon of that “Bland” tasting Baby Food into that little mouth, keep that in mind! Their sense of taste is strong enough to make Gordon Ramsey jealous!
As your child grows, their taste bud will begin dying off and being replaced.
By the time they reach adulthood, they’ll typically have around 5,000 left.
Even though their sense of taste is out of this world, a newborn generally won’t be able to taste Salt for the first few months of it’s life.
#2 – That’s one FAST Ticker!
A Newborns Heart beats at a rate of 130 to 160 beats per minute.
That’s super fast.
Nearly DOUBLE the rate of your average adult!
Don’t worry though, your little one is just fine!
By the first year, it’s heart rate should drop to around 115 beats per minute eventually reaching adulthood and the safe level of 70-80 beats per minute.
#3 – Keep Focus!
A Newborn vision SUCKS!
Typically, a newborn can only clearly see something at a distance of roughly 10 to 14 inches from their adorable little face.
Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t seam like your baby jumps for joy when you step into the room. They just can’t tell which blurry blob you are until they hear your voice!
Your babies vision should hit that sweet spot of 20/20 by the time they reach the 6 month mark!
#4 – I hear you, do you hear me?
A babies Inner Ear in most cases will become fully developed before being born. Roughly halfway through it’s gestation period.
In fact, a newborns sense of hearing is so good that it can hear and make out which direction a sound is coming from within 10 minutes of being born!
So all those movies and TV shows where the mom plays Mozart to her baby bulge wasn’t that weird after all!
#5 – That’s a lot of Diapers!
Did you know that a newborns typically urinate about every 20 minutes?
That’s a ton of diaper changes!
By the time they reach 6 months it should drop to roughly once every hour.
On average, a baby will go through roughly 2700 diapers PER YEAR!
Potty training can’t come soon enough!
#6 – Come on, Smile already!
On average, your baby will be able to react to you with a smile roughly 5 weeks after birth.
That’s not to say he or she won’t smile before hand, but 9 times out of 10, it’s probably just gas!
#7 – Something’s wrong with it’s legs!
Newborn babies are born WITHOUT kneecaps!
Don’t panic, by 6 months, your mini me will have something to kneel on!
#8 – Watching their weight!
During Pregnancy, babies will grow rapidly! We’re talking a weight gain of 3000 MILLION TIMES over the 9 months it spends inside Moms Tummy!
At Birth, the average weight of your newborn should be around 7 to 8 lbs.
#9 – Premature Balding? At 4 Months?
Most babies will lose the hair they where born with within the first 4 months!
It’s nothing to worry about though, it will grow back!
#10 – This first Birthday HAS to be AMAZING!
No it really doesn’t!
Your child will generally not be able to remember much of anything before the age of three.
Psychologists refer to this as “Infantile Amnesia”
It’s theorized that memory is associated with language acquisition, which unfortunately, many children younger than 3 just don’t have.
If that first birthday HAS to be a big one. Than it’s totally for you!
Nothing wrong with that!