3 instinctual abilities of your newborn
Your child has instinctual skills… Did you know that? Yes, since their birth they have some natural abilities, like sucking and swallowing, which help them adapt to their new surroundings. Get to know 3 of them.
Your child’s many instinctual skills… What are they?
In the few first months of their life, your child has instinctual reactions that help them interact with their surroundings. Their moves will develop as their muscles and ability to control their nervous system grow.
Instinctual reactions start to change to voluntary moves gradually when they’re three or four months old. This develops completely in the first year.
1 Sucking and swallowing
- As soon as they’re born, your child can suck your nourishing breast
- To make sure they have this skill, move your finger gently over their lips, and you’ll notice them getting ready to suck it in even if they’re not hungry.
2 Closing their fist
- Shortly after birth, your baby can close their fist around your finger. This is an instinctual move they make that helps them feel your presence and strengthens your relationship.
- You can also try to gently press on the soles of their feet and you’ll notice them closing their toes.
- Keep in mind that this natural reaction lasts for 3 months for hands and 10 for feet.
3 Respond to tickling
- When you tickle your baby in their first few months they start responding by moving their legs and laughing.
- This means that responding to tickling is an instinctual reaction.
- To make sure they have this skill, extend one of their legs while brushing it gently and softly.
- You’ll see them stretching their other leg trying to move away from the cause of tickling.