Why are babies’ cheeks so big when they’re born, and is there a function that the big cheeks provide in early development?

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Why are babies’ cheeks so big when they’re born, and is there a function that the big cheeks provide in early development?

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I read something about how big cheeks makes them cute which makes us more likely to want to help them to survive, and also the fat in their cheeks helps direct milk to the proper place so they can get all their nutrients. not sure if it’s true but it definitely works bc they’re the cutest things ever

They’re cute, which makes adults want to take care of the babies, which gives the baby a much better chance of survival.

You can see it in action whenever someone sees a baby and they go all nuts 9ver it, pinch cheeks, kissing, etc.

Babies don’t have the capability to shiver when they’re cold so they have high stores of something known as “brown fat” this type of fat has the ability to generate heat and circulate heat throughout the body. This is why babies are generally very plump out of the womb, and as they grow up they start to lean out a bit

Baby head to body proportion in very different than adult and vary cranium to jaw ratio is also greater. They don’t have teeth, so when their gums touch, the cheeks are prominent.