Just wondering....pincher grasp and babbling

Determined - posted on 05/30/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son will be 10 months old on the 2nd of June and he is unable to pick things up with his thumb and index finger. What age do they develope this? He'll pick things up using his whole hand and put them in his mouth, but not with just the two fingers. Also he has said "mama" and "dada" once or twice but normally it's just "baba", "ahhh", & "oooh"
I'm sure by this age my daughter was babbling a lot more, should he be babbling more? Perhaps my son is just doing things backwards ;) I mean he has already taken his first steps. Just curious though how many other mommy's have experienced this and if there is anything I can do to help develope his grasp. Thanks ladies

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Katherine - posted on 06/01/2012

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Once your baby masters how to clutch larger toys and objects in her palm (usually after 4 months), she'll spend the next several months using her hands regularly and gaining more dexterity in her fingers. Between 8 and 12 months, she'll develop a pincer grasp, which means she'll be able to pick up smaller objects (like pieces of food) between her thumb and forefinger. To help your baby hone her pincer, scatter some Cheerios (if she's already eating them) on her high chair tray and let her feed herself. Just be prepared for most of them to end up on the floor, since your child will also be discovering that she can throw (a skill most babies love) right around the same time.

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Determined - posted on 06/01/2012

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Thanks katherine! His big sis is 3 now so it seems like forever ago that she was this age and I couldn't remember when she developed this.

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