Being a parent is one of the most priceless experiences of a lifetime when infants come to a family. Naturally, everybody becomes very cautious and happy as well. The mother of a newborn baby takes care of the baby more than anything else in the world.
The mother thinks that my child is helpless so she thinks that she has to be with him or her all the time.
But if you think that infants are helpless and almost everything he/she Learns initially from parents then we need to give it a second thought there are certain things in fact of three things that I have listed 3 things in this blog that a newborn knows right after the birth.
So let’s get going.
1. Infants Know How to Live(Survive):
The infant knows essential life processes for survival such as breathing sucking swallowing and discharging body waste. A newborn baby is not as helpless as we think she knows some critical life processes.
Our body has a complex organ system. Even during birth also it is a well-developed complex system. So it is not simple and it needs proper coordination.
For example, breathing rate is higher in infants, sucking, swallowing and excretion are very essential life processes and it cannot be fully dependent on child upcoming learning syllabus from parents.
Infants also know the skill of sucking and yawning. Now if we ponder on this,who has taught an infant how to drink milk ? but just right after the birth, child starts drinking milk. Isn’t this an amazing thing ?
2. Infants recognize the mother’s voice:
Infants just after birth can distinguish between the mother’s voice and other voices. A mother of a child can tell how her child during infancy was crying and after listening to his/ her mother’s voice became quiet and come calm.
Recognizing the mother’s voice is very important for infants because for most of the things infant is dependent on the mother. Recognition of the mother’s sound for infants also ensures the security and safety of the child.
Even during infancy when any child is playing on the mother’s lap and suddenly anybody comes and holds the child from the mother’s lap he/she starts crying.
3. Infants Know reflexes:
The newborn’s movements are controlled by reflexes which are automatic in other words it is a built-in response system for stimulus which comes from the environment. It has a newborn baby to have basic survival skills.
This response system or mechanism is very important for upcoming motor development which will result in proper body coordination for gross motor and fine motor skills. Fine motor skills development is very important at an early stage.
Some of the major reflexes are
- Rooting: when the infant’s cheek is touched it opens up the mouth this is this reflex is called rooting reflex is essential for breastfeeding which is the only standard food for an infant.
- Moro: when infant Serie a loud noise they through their arms outward while arcing back and bring arms together as if grasping something.
- Babinski: when you stroke the bottom of Infant’s toes, it fans out, and then it curls.
The above reflexes fade out when the infant’s age crosses 6 months. Some may take a little bit longer to fade away.
newborn baby have some inbuilt configuration before taking birth. For parent it is very interesting to know about these pre-installed reflexes and sensory abilities Although we think that child is our soil is helpless child is helpless but actually it is not.
So next time when you hold an infant in your lap and think he or she to be completely helpless then think again.