All healthy babies startle at surprise sounds or surprise visual stimulation. Newborns are born with this startling habit, technically called...
All healthy babies startle at surprise sounds or surprise visual stimulation. Newborns are born with this startling habit, technically called Moro Reflex. What happens is your baby hears a sudden sound or notices a sudden movement and she'll fling out her arms, open her eyes a little wider, spread her fingers, and instinctively reach for her closest caregiver - usually her mama. This is nothing to worry about. It doesn't mean your baby is scared of you or nervous in general. Startling is simply a protective resource your baby uses. Some babies do cry when startled too, but that's not uncommon. As your baby grows she'll start being able to work out which sounds are commonplace, and which are actual surprises, and the startling will ease up. Eventually babies stop startling almost entirely, although as you probably know, all people startle when surprised enough.

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