Friday, October 2, 2009

Quiz Answers

Earlier this week, we posted a quiz to see how much you know about babies. Here are the answers:

1. The answer is True - Babies are born with 2 types of cries, a basic cry and a pain cry. A basic cry is a generic cry newborns use when they aren't getting what they need, but a pain cry is different. When babies are in pain, they start by holding their breath before letting out an intense scream. As babies get older, their vocal cords mature and they develop different kinds of cries. For more information about crying, read Baby Behavior Basics Part 4: Crying: Your Baby's Super Power.

2. The answer is False - Babies all over the world develop behaviors and achieve milestones at the same pace! For example, babies in the United States, China, and France all develop social smiling around 6 weeks of age. For more information read Newborn Development: Reflexes Rule and Two to Four Weeks: A Whole New World. Next week we'll continue our series on infant development.

3. The answer is 3000 - The average baby goes through about 3000 diapers in the first year of life. That is a lot of diapers (and even more wipes)!

4. The answer is True - Babies can copy facial movements within the first hour of life. When a newborn is in the quiet alert state, she is ready to interact, so it's a great time to try this out. Hold the baby close to you (remember, newborns can only see about 12 inches away) and pucker your lips. It may take a little while, but she will try to pucker hers too!

5. The answer is 4 days old - Babies can identify their native language from a foreign language by the time they are 4 days old! This is just further proof that babies develop very quickly! More information about language development is available in the From Cues to Conversation: How Babies Learn To Talk.

We hope you enjoyed this little quiz! Do you have questions about baby behavior? We would love to give you the answers, just send us a comment or an email!

Next Time: We'll continue our series on infant development with 6-8 weeks of age.

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