Coordination birth to 1 year

During the first six weeks, your baby’s hands will be held in fists, although they’ll probably open and close when he cries. By about eight weeks, your baby’s hands will be open more often, and the grasp reflex will be replaced by a voluntary movement on your baby’s part. Some parents worry at this stage because their baby doesn’t hold on to objects as tightly as before. Don’t worry–your baby is simply learning a new skill that he will perfect within a couple of months.

Up to this age, he won’t have tried to coordinate the movements of fingers and hands. Instead, he’ll spend a great deal of time discovering how they look, feel, and move. He’ll hold them open most of the time and will move his fingers and watch them ...

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