Baby Development And Motor Skills In The First Year

Development of motor skills

Here are several stages of motor skills. Isn’t it so cute to see little newborns fists balled up? And just when you get used to holding these cute little fists the baby starts exploring the world with them. He starts touching and holding things, putting them in their mouth. All these grasping, making a pincer, raking help the baby make discoveries about the world around him. Motor skills are developing month by month.

The first is the palmar reflex, which occurs after birth to 4 months. It enables the baby to hold things tightly.

-During month 3, the baby will be able to grasp a rattle or toy.

-During month 4 the baby will start reaching for an object and able to hold if it is pressed against his fingers.

-In the 5th month, the baby will hold an object large as a ball with his hands or a small Cheerio with his fist.

-In the sixth month, the baby will start to rake the fingers to pick up the small object.

-In the 7th month, the baby will be able to pass a toy from one hand to the other.

-In the 8th month, the baby will start with the pincer grasp.

Picking up things with his thumb and forefinger in the next month, and before you know it, by the end of the first year the baby will start using his tiny adorable hands.

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The development of motor skills through games

There are a lot of games to play with the newborn to help develop their finger skills. Here are some of them:

Play gyms or bars – they have a variety of parts that the baby can hold, spin, pull and poke. Avoid those with strings more than 6 inches long.

Rattles – that fit small hands. Start with wrist and then move on to those with two handles or grasping surfaces. They are good for relief when teething begins,

Kitchen tools – wooden spoons, pots and pans, paper cups and plastic measuring cups, all these are objects that the babies love because mommy and daddy are always using them.

Activity boards – all the buttons teach the baby cause and effect. Lights and sounds will be fun for the baby and it will enable the baby progress to make contact.

Blocks – learning tools which the baby can knock and get their kicks by unstacking.

Stuffed animals – these excite the senses and help improve small motor dexterity.

Finger foods – help pincer grasp skills. It will teach him to pick up small sized food.

Balls – always an entertainment for the baby

Stacking containers – teach him to try to clang them together and then actually stack.

Babies vary in their finger skills, so if the baby does not have a perfect pincer grasp it is nothing to concern about. Just keep him entertained and offer him lots of toys and chances to practice.When he’s faced slamming objects together and consummated the pincer get a handle on, prepare for your little one to proceed onward to other vital fine motor skills like writing, deliberately moving articles and utilizing flatware.

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