Newly born babies have a tendency to tightly grasp or cling to a finger when touched, and this can be quite endearing for parents. However, this reflex has a deeper significance that everyone should be aware of.
According to a publication on Healthline, the tight grasp is actually an involuntary reflex that begins around 4 to 6 months after birth. It is a natural part of a baby's development, and is not something that they do intentionally.
What Does The Grasp Reflex Signify?
The grasp reflex is simply a natural and adorable involuntary movement that babies make in the uterus and continue to do so until around 6 months of age. It is a sign that the baby is developing well. As the baby grows older, many involuntary movements, including the Palmer grasp, are replaced by voluntary movements as the brain continues to develop.
Therefore, enjoy the grasp reflex while it lasts, as it is just a normal part of the developmental process that all babies must go through.
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