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Your Child's Development & Learning

Gotcha! Your Baby's Working Her Fine Motor Muscles}

Initiative and Curiosity, Small Muscle Movement and Dexterity, Controlled Movement

Gotcha! Your Baby's Working Her Fine Motor Muscles

From the moment he was born, your baby has been exercising the large muscles in his arms, legs, and torso, but you'll also see him working on Small Muscle Movement and Dexterity, the motion of his fingers and hands. Right away, you'll see him working on opening and closing his hands, especially if you put your finger in the palm of his hand. Towards the end of his first three months, he should be able to bring his hands together and to his mouth. As his vision improves, he'll also become more interested in objects and what he can do with them. You may see him'll bat at objects, and eventually grab and hold them, bringing them to his mouth or shaking them to see what they do.

Has your baby achieved the following Small Muscle Movement and Dexterity, Controlled Movement, and Intiative and Curiosity developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all the skill(s) he has already mastered to date!

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.