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5 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know Babies Could Do

#4. Newborn Babies Have a Monkey-Strength Grip
The reflex is called the palmar grasp, and it happens when you stroke an infant’s palm or put anything in his hand (which makes the idea of the baby reaching for his mother’s nipple before latching on even more painful — he’s going to squeeze the shit out of it first).
The instinct doesn’t just appear out of nowhere at birth, either. It’s seen even in the womb. In fact, anti-abortion activists have used images of babies grasping the hands of their surgeon during in utero operations as propaganda for their cause. What those activists probably didn’t appreciate is that the reflex to wrap your hands around whatever you can get your chubby fingers on is found in baby monkeys as well. Monkeys don’t have the advantage of getting carted around in BabyBjorns, after all, and the ability to cling to your monkey mom while she’s swinging through the vines could be the difference between surviving infancy and getting eaten by a rhino.

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Oh, Black and White Photo People. Is there no experiment you won’t try?

5 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know Babies Could Do

#4. Newborn Babies Have a Monkey-Strength Grip

The reflex is called the palmar grasp, and it happens when you stroke an infant’s palm or put anything in his hand (which makes the idea of the baby reaching for his mother’s nipple before latching on even more painful — he’s going to squeeze the shit out of it first).

The instinct doesn’t just appear out of nowhere at birth, either. It’s seen even in the womb. In fact, anti-abortion activists have used images of babies grasping the hands of their surgeon during in utero operations as propaganda for their cause. What those activists probably didn’t appreciate is that the reflex to wrap your hands around whatever you can get your chubby fingers on is found in baby monkeys as well. Monkeys don’t have the advantage of getting carted around in BabyBjorns, after all, and the ability to cling to your monkey mom while she’s swinging through the vines could be the difference between surviving infancy and getting eaten by a rhino.

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