Clutching Toys & Rattles
Grasping the world with rattles and teething rings
The grasping reflex as a primal instinct
As soon as babies see the light of day, they have a grasping reflex on their hands and feet. This is also called the palmar and plantar grasping reflex or Robinson reflex. This grasping reflex happens unconsciously and is a primal instinct that was originally intended to ensure a secure hold on mom.
Within the first months of life, this automatic reflex slowly regresses. In the meantime, babies discover their little hands and feet and what they can do with them. Ideal toys that fit perfectly in small children's hands and at the same time offer lots to discover are graspers, rattles and teething rings.
What is the palmar and plantar grasp reflex or Robinson reflex?
Babies are born with a grasping reflex called the palmar and plantar grasp reflex or Robinson reflex. As soon as the baby's palms or the soles of its feet are touched, they react: For example, the baby's little hand encloses the finger of dad or mom, or the toes curl up. At this early stage of development, this is still an unconscious behavioral pattern on the part of the infant, which regresses over time.
Everything under control: close exploration of rattle, grasping toy & co.
From the fourth or fifth month onwards, your child will be able to specifically grasp things in its environment. At around six months, most babies can move small objects from one hand to the other. Rattles or grasping toys are ideal for this, as they promote motor skills and often make funny noises as well.
As soon as the little ones are able to grasp and hold on to things, everything they get their hands on is of course examined in detail. And not just how it looks and feels, but also how it tastes. The little ones put just about everything they can get their hands on into their mouths. Hands and mouths now become important tools for exploring the environment.
Teething aids and rattle rings when the little teeth come in
Rattle rings are particularly practical during this oral phase. The little ones can hold them in their hands while they chew on them. In addition to rattle rings, teething aids such as those from Matchstick Monkey are also a good choice. The funny little monkeys made of soft and BPA-free silicone are not only handy, but also very practical and versatile: Nubs, for example, are used so that the child can relieve and massage the stressed gums by chewing around themselves. The animal teething aids also help parents to apply teething gel to the painful area. With this teething aid, children get a feel for brushing their teeth at an early age.
At the latest, when the first teeth start to emerge (around the sixth month), the little ones can use them to both distract themselves and relieve the pain of teething.