- 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
- Use water toys in the bath (cups, bowls) help develop hand-eye coordination
- Start using a drinking cup
- 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.