Growth & Development

Fine Motor Development

Normal Development:

  • Able to move objects from one hand to the other hand (4–8 months)
  • Scoop up small objects (watch out for choking!) (5–9 months)
  • Brings objects together (6–12 months)
  • Points  with index finger (8–11 months)
  • Begins to put objects in and out of containers (8–11 months)
  • Uses pincer grasp (thumb and index finger coming together). This position is important for learning to write one day! (8–11 months)
  • Uses fingers to explore objects, turn knobs and dials (10–20 months)

What Can You Do?

  • Encourage your baby to reach for objects
  • Allow your baby to practice picking up small objects like cheerios (always watch for choking)
  • Give your baby a rattle (or music making instrument) to hold and shake
  • Play with blocks
  • Use water toys in the bath (cups, bowls) help develop hand-eye coordination
  • Start using a drinking cup
  • Pick grass

Our Advice:

  • A great way to check if a toy is a choking hazard is to measure it against a toilet paper roll. Any object that can fit inside the roll is too small for your baby to be playing with.
  • Reaching and grasping common household objects (a pillow, a cheerio, a cup) helps a baby’s hand muscles to develop.

 

Try not to compare yourself to other parents, or your baby to other babies. Every family is different.

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