Ten-minute old baby appears to take his first steps
An incredible video shows a new born baby who really means business – and wasting no time in taking his first steps.
The doctor held her arm across the infant’s chest to steady him and he used the arm to balance himself upright and started to take a number of steps along a hospital counter.
When he reached as far as the doctor’s arm would allow she lifted him and took him back to the point he had started.
But the baby hadn’t finished. He showed that his upper body strength was equally well developed as he pulled himself up against the doctor’s arm and started walking again.
Very little is currently known about the baby, but the video has gone viral, and has been viewed over 85 million times.
Of course, the baby isn’t really walking – he’s only minutes old after all. What we see in the video is a reflex that all new-borns have.
As soon as the sole of their feet touches the ground they instinctively try to put one foot in front of the other.
The reflex actually disappears after around six weeks because the ration of leg weight to strength increases. It then returns when the baby is aged between eight months and one year.
Take a look at the video below.
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling