Baby Help #2 Primitive Reflexes Movement
Learning the language of your baby is like studying the “how to enjoy your baby” baby manual. Baby help #2 Primitive reflexes are natural touch and response movements that register in the spine, not the brain. This is why they are called primitive. They are the building blocks of your baby’s brain. Watch this you tube video for a start to understanding primitive reflexes. You will find many on you tube.
Practice Primitive Reflexes
You can learn a lot about reflexes by practicing them. My book, From Conception to Crawling, will guide you through many baby movements so you can feel them from the inside out. Doing so will also increase your movement ability and enjoyment of your baby!
I was born premature, and had the invasive and isolating procedures from being in the incubator. That meant I was one of those numb babies who did not have sensory feedback going into the lower brain function. This meant I had to use higher brain power to do lower brain functions. That is energetically expensive.
Children with this dilemma are living with an unseen handicap. They can appear hyper active or the opposite, often appearing “lazy” in school because they prop up instead of “sitting up” when trying to do homework. They are actually working twice as hard, because their inner core muscles can’t support their spine well. That extra brain power to support the spine is transferred over to homework instead of spinal support.
As an adult, I learned primitive reflexes and practices them. This made a world of difference in my bodymind, helped me recover more spontaneous movement.
Here are 3 Baby Help tips
- Make sure your baby grasps your finger firmly. Touch their palm. It should close quickly. Give a little tug to strengthen their pull and grasp
- Squeeze your baby’s ankles (compressive touch). Next stroke the foot until the toes wiggle and move. (Don’t over do it as that feels uncomfortable for your baby).
- Touch your baby’s check and stroke outward toward the jaw. This helps baby turn their head and connect their digestive tube. Helps with feeding and pooping!
From Conception to Crawling book is filled with key brain body tips. You will easily understand how the bodymind supports movement.
Also, if you want to see things in action, you can learn even more about baby movements here~
Pleasure with your Baby
Some mothers have said using movement and touch baby help cues helps them with post-partum depression!