When Does an Infant Develop the Pincer Grasp?

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Babies don't develop their pincer grasp until around eight to 12 months. Find out when infants develop the pincer grasp with help from a parenting professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina and this is, "When does an infant develop pincer grasp?" Babies don't develop their pincer grasp until around eight to 12 months. But there are a few things you can do to help develop their fine motor skills. Around eight to 12 months babies not only develop the ability to pick small objects up with their thumb and forefinger, they also develop the ability to eat small un-pureed foods. A great way for them to practice both is to place them in a high chair. Scatter some Cheerios and let them go to town. Of course you want to be close by and monitor them especially the first few times to make sure that they're not putting more then one in their mouth at a time. But generally they're pretty slow at getting one Cheerio to their mouth so they have lots of time to chew that Cheerio and swallow it. Peas are another favorite first food in our house and are really easy for babies to pick up. Watching your baby develop the ability to pick small things up is not only fun but it also opens up whole new doors for their experience of the world. Thanks for watching.


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