Get a grip

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Around this time, your baby begins reaching for and holding objects—this is an important part of fine motor development. You can help her by:

  • Placing objects within reach: As your baby’s hand-eye coordination improves, so will her ability to grasp the object she is reaching for.
  • Choosing toys that stimulate her senses of sight, touch, or hearing. Toys that make sound encourage the development of manipulation skills and coordination. She is also learning cause and effect—if she squeezes a toy, it will squeak.

 

Have a seat

At this stage, your baby is developing the large motor skills necessary for sitting independently, and eventually crawling and walking. Give her the chance to practice new physical feats by providing her plenty of playtime and a safe space to roll around. Help her explore some of these strength-building activities:

  • Roll over in both directions.
  • Stand on your lap and bounce.
  • Sit in “tripod”—leaning forward to balance her upper body.
  • Rock on her stomach, kick her legs, and “swim” with her arms.

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