Learn all about your babies reflexes and how your baby uses them to protect itself.
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Hi everybody! I'm Melanie Raposo and welcome to Mommy's Minute. While babies may look delicate and defenseless, all healthy babies are born with extremely sophisticated reflexes to help protect them from harm. If you touch your baby's cheek lightly with your finger, your baby will move its head toward the touch, open its mouth and attempt to suck in hopes of getting milk. When your baby is startled by a loud noise, it will respond by flinging its arms out in the hopes of grabbing on to something and preventing a fall. When your baby feels a prick of pain, it will withdraw the hurt limb and extend another one in effort to push away whatever is causing the pain. Also, all babies under six months are excellent swimmers due to their diving reflexes. Babies can block their throat so they don't swallow water. This is why you'll see babies swimming with their mouths open. These fantastic reflexes are just the start of all the amazing developments your baby will go through in its first year. To learn more about baby development, watch our other great videos on ThePregnancyShow.com.