When Can Newborns Reach for Things?

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During the newborn stage a baby's motor skills are very limited and they typically can't reach for things. Find out when newborns can reach for things with help from a parenting professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina, and this is, "When can newborns reach for things?" During the newborn stage a baby's motor skills are very limited and they typically can't reach for things. They can however grasp. You can put things in their hands, small light weight toys around two, two and a half months old, and they can often swing it around without really any control in where they're going. Right around three months old they start to bat at things, and then soon thereafter are able to grab things, though not very intentionally, but they can move things around with their hands, and soon after that around the four month mark they're able to grab onto things with intentionality, move them around, sometimes even bring them to their mouths. Just because your baby isn't reaching for things, doesn't mean they're not observing their environment. They need you to interact with them, talk to them, they are soaking it all in and are able to interact with their environment with their eyes and their mouth. Thanks for watching.

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