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Development of Fine Motor Skills in the first year

Learn more about your baby's progress from curling her fists to rolling balls.

0 to 3 months

The baby's appearance begins to change as she loses her newborn look. When put on her tummy, she will lift her head briefly. Her legs may still be bent. At about 2 months, the head will stay up at 45 degrees for a longer time. At about 3 months, she will be completely stretched and able to hold her head up. 

4 to 6 months

The baby will be able to roll from side to side and support herself on her forearms. By the time, she is 5 months old, her head and body will be well raised and she will be able to roll from back to side. At 6 months, she should be able to sit unsupported for a few seconds. At this stage, the baby's ability to twist and turn begins to develop.

7 to 9 months

At 7 months, the baby will continue to bend forward to support her sitting position. She will be able to sit up completely unsupported by the time she is 8 months old. When she is 9 months old, she will try to crawl and support herself on her hands and knees.

10 to 12 months

At 10 months, the baby begins to crawl with extended arms and legs and pulls up to a standing position. In the eleventh month, she will totter around with support. When she is twelve months old, the baby will probably be able to move around while she is supported.

Baby's first birthday

This is an important milestone in the physical development of the child. Beyond the first year mark, the baby's body grows in length, loses its plump podgy appearance, becomes firmer, stronger and more muscular with adult proportions. Balance and coordination are mastered and fine movements are learned.

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Pratima.9 years ago
Hi.My baby is 7 and a half months old and I was concerned about her not reaching some of the milestones like crawling and uttering some syllables. I am assured seeing this page and also about what I can do to help her walk. Thanks
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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