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Who knew your baby could “walk” before the age of two months? Well, he really can’t but if you hold him upright with his feet on a flat surface, he will lift one foot and then the other. This stepping reflex (also known as dance reflex or walking reflex) is an important part of his development; preparing him to take real steps several months down the road. Stepping reflex in babies help and prepare a child to walk by developing the muscles of the leg and feet. If we think practically, it does not serve any purpose just after a baby is born.

When the baby is 2-3 months old, it disappears and re-occurs later when the baby is 12-13 months old. Babies are said to have the stepping reflex in order to help or prepare them to walk. It is said to develop the muscles of the leg and feet which help a baby to walk.

Although, practically thinking, it has no real use just after a baby is born. It usually disappears after the baby turns 2–3 months old only to re-occur later when the baby is 12–13 months old. Around 2 to 3 months of age, your baby’s sucking instinct will transition to a conscious effort and is no longer considered a reflex. Stepping Reflex The stepping reflex allows your baby to put one foot in front of the other when you place their feet on a flat surface. The walking reflex is triggered by holding the baby upright with their feet in contact with the surface underneath.

They’ll respond by lifting one foot after the other, almost as if walking. This response appears at birth and lasts until the infant is around 2 months old — and it provides early preparation for walking in the months to come. 7. Your baby will respond by startling, extending their head backwards, raising their arms and legs up into the air, crying, and then folding their arms and legs back in. The Moro reflex is usually outgrown by four months.

Stepping Reflex: If you hold your baby upright on a solid surface, you may notice that your baby begins to take a few steps! It’s pretty amazing, but doesn’t mean that your. It disappears by 4 months. Stepping Reflex: When you place his feet on a flat surface, your baby will put one foot in front of the other. It disappears at around 2 to 3 months of age.

Asymetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (or Fencing Reflex): When placed on is back, your infant will assume the “fencing position.” His head will turn with the arm and leg of one side extended (the pair on the side he’s turned toward), and. The reflex causes the baby to extend the arms, legs, and fingers and arch the back. 1  Experts suggest that the Moro reflex evolved to help keep infants closer to protective figures and to avoid falling. -Lift baby to the shoulder and rock or walk-swaddle the baby -offer a pacifier-talk softly or play rhythmic sounds-take baby for a short car ride or walk-massage the baby’s body combine several methods.

This generally disappears around 6 months of age. Stepping—The stepping reflex prepares the baby to start walking independently. When the baby is held under the arms with their bare feet touching the ground, the newborn will make “stepping” movements with his or her legs.

This generally disappears around the age of 2 months.

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Compared with these two control groups, whose walking reflex declined during the eight weeks, the babies who were actively exercised maintained their walking reflex and even took more steps with each passing week.

“What's Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life” by Lise Eliot
from What’s Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
by Lise Eliot
Random House Publishing Group, 2010

The reflex in question, the stepping reflex, can be elicited by holding a newborn under the arms so that his or her feet touch a surface: the baby will reflexively perform stepping motions, lifting first one leg and then the other in a coordinated pattern as in walking.

“How Children Develop” by Robert S. Siegler, Judy S. DeLoache, Nancy Eisenberg
from How Children Develop
by Robert S. Siegler, Judy S. DeLoache, Nancy Eisenberg
Worth Publishers, 2006

In one study, infants whose stepping reflex was regularly stimulated began to walk at an earlier age than their nonstimulated counterparts (Zelazo, 1976).

“Human Motor Development: A Lifespan Approach” by V. Gregory Payne, Larry D. Isaacs
from Human Motor Development: A Lifespan Approach
by V. Gregory Payne, Larry D. Isaacs
Taylor & Francis, 2017

If you hold a newborn upright with his or her feet touching a surface, the baby will show a stepping reflex, which possibly serves as a basis for much later walking (Zelazo, 1998).

“Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind, Briefer Version” by John Cacioppo, Laura Freberg
from Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind, Briefer Version
by John Cacioppo, Laura Freberg
Cengage Learning, 2012

These reflexes include actions like the stepping reflex, whereby if a young baby is held up by the armpits and a gentle pressure is applied to the soles of the feet, it will appear to step.

“Foundations of Psychology” by Nicky Hayes
from Foundations of Psychology
by Nicky Hayes
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For example, the stepping reflex that is present at birth usually disappears at around 2 months of age.

“Child Development: Understanding A Cultural Perspective” by Martin J. Packer
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by Martin J. Packer
SAGE Publications, 2017

In one study (Zelazo, Zelazo, & Kolb, 1972), researchers made certain that infants practiced the walking reflex for 12 minutes (four 3-minute sessions) each day.

“A Behavior Analytic View of Child Development” by Henry D. Schlinger Jr.
from A Behavior Analytic View of Child Development
by Henry D. Schlinger Jr.
Springer US, 2013

Newborn Reflexes When this 2-week-old baby (left) is held upright with her feet touching a flat surface, she displays the stepping reflex, moving her legs as if trying to walk.

“Psychology (Loose Leaf)” by Don H. Hockenbury, Sandra E. Hockenbury
from Psychology (Loose Leaf)
by Don H. Hockenbury, Sandra E. Hockenbury
Worth Publishers, 2008

A general expectation is that most babies will achieve the basics of walking during the first 6 months of their second year and will then have refined this skill considerably by the end of their second year.

“The Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement” by Bruce Abernethy, Stephanie J. Hanrahan, Vaughan Kippers, Laurel T. Mackinnon, Marcus G. Pandy
from The Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement
by Bruce Abernethy, Stephanie J. Hanrahan, et. al.
Human Kinetics, 2005

The step reflex can be demonstrated by holding the baby so the sole of the foot touches a hard surface, this causes a reciprocal flexion and extension of the leg simulating walking (Fig. 12.14).

“A Textbook of Children's and Young People's Nursing E-Book” by Edward Alan Glasper, Dr Jim Richardson, James Richardson
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