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4-11 months
Fine Motor Development (4 Months)

Fine Motor Development (4 Months)

July 7, 2022

Normal Development:

  • Discover their hands (2–6 months.)
  • Fists begin to open (3–4 months.)
  • Reaches for a toy using both arms and holds it briefly (3–7 months.)
  • Grasps a small object using palm and fingers, but not thumb (5–6 months.)
  • Begins to reach for fallen or moving objects (5–8 months.)

What You Can Do:

  • Dangle toys to encourage reaching and grasping.
  • Rattles, activity gyms, and mobiles will stimulate your baby to learn “fine motor skills” like grasping and gripping.

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 play with.
  • Give your baby plenty of rest.
  • Remember that your baby is still very young—try not to expect your baby to be able to do things beyond what’s normal for their age.

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

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