Do you ever wonder about the funny movements newborn babies make? Here are several of the most common:
1. Moro Reflex:
This one is fairly dramatic so you probably noticed it. When baby is startled by a loud noise or her/his head moves abruptly, she will automatically throw out her arms and legs and extend her neck. Then she brings her arms back together rapidly.
When: First few weeks of life. Disappears by 3 to 4 months of age.
2. Tonic Neck Reflex:
Sometimes called The Fencing Posture. When baby’s head turns to the right or to the left, his arm on that side straightens and the other arm bends as if he were getting into fencing position.
When: First few weeks of life. Disappears by 5 to 7 months of age.
3. Stepping Reflex:
When baby is held under arms and her feet touch a flat surface, she will put one foot in front of the other as if she is trying to take steps.
When: First few weeks of life. Disappears by 2 months and then returns around 12 months.
4. Palmar and Plantar Grasp Reflexes:
Palmar Grasp: Stroke the palm of baby’s hand and she might grip your finger.
Plantar Grasp: Stroke the sole of baby’s foot and he might tightly curl his toes.
When First few weeks of life. Palmar Grasp disappears around 5 to 6 months. Plantar Grasp disappears around 9 to 12 months.
Until next time,
Warmly, Linda, the Babies Can’t Wait Lady