Startle reflex. A bassinet is essentially a raised baby basket safely contains a small baby, usually a newborn or up to a two-month-old. It is more clearly defined as a baby’s wicker cradle, usually with a hood. Bassinets are generally designed to work with fixed legs or castors. The startle response is a defensive reaction to sudden or threatening stimuli and is associated with adverse effects.
Usually, the inception of the startle response is a reflex reaction. The startle reflex is a brainstorm reflective reaction that serves to protect the back of the neck and eyes.
The Moro, or startle, reflex occurs when the neonate responds to stimuli by extending the arms, hands open, and then moving the arms in an embracing motion. The Moro reflex, present at birth, disappears at about age 3 months.
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