0 to 3 months
The baby's hand is curled into a
fist that instinctively holds onto objects that are thrust into her palm.
At 2 months, the grasp is less reflexive and more controlled. At 3 months,
the palm is weakly open, but with little strength to grip objects.
4 to 6 months
At 4 months, the baby will enjoy
sucking her own hands. When she is a month older, she will have progressed
to sucking her feet and grasping objects between both hands. When she is
6 months, she may hold objects between finger and thumb and be able to
rotate her wrist.
7 to 9 months
In her seventh month, the baby's
finger thumb grip develops and she can simultaneously grip objects in both
hands. At 8 months, the baby develops the pincer grip that helps to access
smaller objects. In the ninth month, the baby uses her index finger to
probe objects and openings.
10 to 12 months
By the time she is 10 months old,
your baby should be able to hold more than one object in her hand. In the
eleventh month, she will be able to hold crayons and give and take objects.
After 12 months, the baby's coordination becomes more acute day by day
and she should be able to feed herself. She will have mastered the adult
grip. She will be able to roll a ball across the floor and hand over objects
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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