9 Newborn Reflexes
Learn about primitive reflexes, including why and when your baby will root, grasp, startle, thrust her tongue, and more
Because a newborn has limited control over his body, Mother Nature equipped him with many innate survival skills. These reflexes, while necessary, can make him seem like a bundle of nerves—twitching, jerking, and kicking at odd times—but they’re actually signs that everything is working just fine. Many of these primitive responses will disappear in a few months as your baby’s body becomes more organized and he no longer needs them. Meanwhile, you can keep tabs on his development by performing these fun and fascinating little checkups.