Coordination 1 to 3 years

By the time he’s a year old, he’ll be able to pick up something very small, like a button, between thumb and forefinger. If you take a pencil or crayon and make marks on a piece of paper, your child will take the pencil and try to imitate your marks.

By about 13 months your baby will have learned to hold more than one object in his hand. His coordination will also be improving so if you show him how to build a tower of blocks he’ll follow your example, putting one block on top of another. He’ll start to remove items of clothing (see Choosing Clothes), and will love pulling a toy around on a string, hammering pegs through holes, and fitting different shapes into the appropriate openings. He’ll be able to feed himself ...

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