Newborn babies also give reactions that are communicative of their responses. Read on to know more about stimulus response in babies.
The babies are born explorers and are curious to every new thing that they see, hear, taste or touch and it is a wonderful experience to study their eager eyes and never-ending curiosity to things that have become almost a second habit with us. Many-a-times we wonder how come we don't even acknowledge the existence of many of these things, while newborn babies are so excited about them that they almost burst with happiness and apprehension about every thing that crosses their path for the first time. The arrival of a train or noises of the airplanes flying above our homes are enough to fill our little boys and girls with wonder. Here are some interesting things and reactions of the newborn that you are likely to witness right from the initial weeks of their lives. Read on to know about stimulus response in babies.
Newborn Baby Reactions
- In early learning phases, the reflexes and innate survival mechanisms of the baby are the most dominant ones that you will witness.
- Even a newborn baby blinks the eyes, when you flash light on them. Do not overdo it or you may hurt the little eyes.
- Stroking the cheeks of newborn babies make them seek your finger that they try to suck, as if to feed on it.
- If you hold the baby from under their arms in upright positions and there is no hard, solid ground for them to rest their legs, they often move their legs frantically to look for the support that will eventually develop as walking skills.
- Babies tend to hold everything tightly that is put in their hands, right from your fingers to carrots and to coins. When they become a little older, they will try to clutch on everything and put it in their mouth to taste it. One needs to pay attention that there are no small or sharp-edged things near the babies during this phase, so that they don’t hurt themselves.
- A sudden noise that startles the baby will get them to shoot out their arms and legs to grasp the mom's dress to feel secure and if unable to find it, would curl himself/herself like a ball in a fetal position.
- Tracking moving things and sounds with eyes are some other reactions that kids give that indicate early learning phases of more complex and advanced skills.
- Imitating your facial expression such as sticking out tongue and raising eyebrows are the favorite kids’ actions enjoyed by parents. Smiles and loving expressions and rude and angry expressions are all learnt from parents, so be careful how you act and react in front of your babies and toddlers.