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You are here : home > Child Development > Gross and Fine Motor Skills > Development of Fine Motor Skills in the second year

Development of Fine Motor Skills in the second year

Your baby will undergo a lot of developments in her second year of growth and development. Read on to learn when your baby will advance from holding objects to twisting knobs.

13 to 15 Months

The baby will be able to stand unaided and will try to take one or two steps without help. During this time your baby’s complete focus would be on perfecting her walking skills. She will try to work on the balance and co-ordination that is required for walking perfectly. Therefore, many experts say that her speech development may not be so prominent during this period.

Standing and walking by holding furniture or something else will be a piece of cake for her now. Keep your drawers locked as she may become expert in picking out things from it. Also, as she has learnt to walk by holding furniture, there are the chances that the drawer may come out and fall on her. So, it is a must to childproof your furniture during this time.

By this time she will be able to hold the utensils on her own and feed herself. She will love to be engrossed with her favourite toys for quite some time now. She will also learn skills like throwing, climbing on couch etc.

15 to 18 Months

The baby will be able to raise herself, walk with feet wide apart and elbows high. By this time she will not only master her walking skills but also learn to run. If your child is still unable to walk, you must take her to a paediatrician so that right measures can be taken. You will also mark an improvement in other skills like self-feeding etc.

You must keep a scribbling pad and crayons ready as you will have great fun watching her scribble with different colours. But make sure that you supervise her and she does not put crayons in her mouth. You also need to be very careful about the objects and other things around her as she will be skilful enough to even pickup small particles. You can also get toys like building blocks for her as she can spend a good amount of time building her tower.

You can play a very important role during this phase. Be there for her every little achievement. Boost her development by getting involved in her play and learning, talking to her, telling her stories, reading to her and so on.

18 to 20 Months

Your child is now almost one and a half year old by now. She will be able to walk in a steadier manner and her arms will drop to her sides. She will also develop the ability to climb stairs. She will also learn to hop and jump. She will even make use of tables and stools in order to get something which is kept at a higher level. She will be completely aware of the objects in her surroundings and she will also try to experiment with them. So, it is a must for you to supervise her. 

This is the time when you must encourage the development of her listening skills and the interest in books. Telling her more and more stories and reading to her will surely spark an interest for reading and books in her.

21 to 24 Months

At this stage, the baby can maintain her balance and can retrieve dropped objects. She will also master the skill of kicking the ball. At times even you will get tired of playing football with her but she may not. By this time she will also learn to recognise and differentiate between her toys. You can get picture books, alphabet and number books for her. Help her recognise all the pictures in the book and by some time you will be surprised to see how quickly she recognises the pictures in the book by herself.

By the time your child turns 2, you will not only find improvement in her motor skills, but also in her speaking skills. She will start putting two words together and ask you simple question. You as a parent can play a very important role in her growth and development. This is the only time when the development is at its peak. Therefore, make sure that you do your best as a parent.

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Ranj.9 years ago
my baby is 2 month old. she holds my thumb in her fist very tightly. how do these little ones get so much of strength to hold it so tightly?
EEMA.9 years ago
my baby is now 22 months old some times she didn't listen what her mother says,and she refuse to give her toys to others why is this
Pooja Malhotra.9 years ago
my little prince is 18 months old. every time he learns a new skill, for instance opening his shoes or climbing onto the sofa, he wants to do it over 'n over again until he has mastered it all. it's so true when they say practise makes a man perfect!
PADMA.9 years ago
my son ia completing 10months next week.he has not got any teeth as yet.if anything is wrong with him and what should i do.
Sanjiya.9 years ago
my baby is 1yr & 10 months old. she is very active. she does not eat proper food. hence she looks very week. how can i increase her food intake ?
priya.9 years ago
where can i look for names of kindergarten/playgroups in delhi/ noida? can i have it on this site like we have for mumbai
J. Torres LPN.9 years ago
to sanjiya in india,
as a nurse we try to teach parents its not how much your baby eats, its the quality of food. instead of letting baby pick what she wants to eat(which is usually something sweet and not healthy!), try giving her food thats healthy when shes hungry. at her age, she not old enough to know whats good for her, she just knows what taste good. its up to you to have last say. she might not eat what you want to give her at first, but anyone will eat whats available when their hungry.
nicola.9 years ago
my daughter is 18 months old and is now exploring though her fine motor skills e.g. painting, colouring etc... her concerntration spam is very short she can only do something for so long then she gives up
David.9 years ago
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jokal loo loo.9 years ago
my little princess is 15months,her developments fine, shes got six teeth, she can just about walk as well. everyone develops differently, but if your child hasnt grown teeth or cant walk dnt worry they all develop at their own paste
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