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Lil Tip: Loosen That Baby Grasp

One of the first responses a new mama witnesses from her newborn baby is his ability to grip her finger. The Palmar grasp, or Darwinian reflex, forces a baby's fingers to curl around and cling to an object when their palm is touched. Moms love to marvel at the strength of the grip, and rightfully so. The Palmar grasp is so strong in the first six months of life that a lil one can support their entire weight in it.

But like a magician who has seen his trick replicated in every possible forum, mum can grow tired of her tot grabbing hold of objects that don't belong in his hands. When your wee one has an Herculean grasp on your hair, necklace, or sweater, simply place your thumb on the outer side of his wrist and your index finger on the inner side. Gently push back and his grasp will quickly loosen enough to remove the object!

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