my three month old doesnt hold on to a rattle or anything. is this normal for his age?

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LISA - posted on 06/17/2009

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I agree with the other posts-every child develops differently-your main job is just to encourage him to try to hold things. As long as he is grasping your fingers or holding on to the edge of a blanket he is probably fine but just keep putting things within his grasp-things that make noise help too and he'll catch on!

Carol - posted on 06/17/2009

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I agree with the other posts, all babies develop at different ages, my son was holding things at two months, but I know 8 month olds that still have no interest in holding onto things.
find things he finds most interesting, figure out what his favourite colours seem to be (you'll be able to tell by his response to them most times) and stick to those colours. use the same toys over and over so he becomes familiar with them and most of all keep at it. he'll love playing in no time!

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Brittany - posted on 06/17/2009

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thank you all for your great advice! it makes me feel better now. he does grab on to my fingers and sometimes he'll grab on to my shirt so maybe its just a slow start!

TO: guggie daly: yes my baby can see things when u move then back and forth and he also follows me when i walk at different sides of the room. he smiles when he sees our faces or hears our voice so thats going good

Guggie - posted on 06/17/2009

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I personally would be concerned but at the same time you know your baby best.

-can your baby track an item that you slowly wave back and forth?
-can your baby focus on an item as it moves up to 24 inches away from the face?
-can your baby recognize you or other loved ones?
-does your baby grab at his hands? feet? does he recognize his hands and feet?

Hailey - posted on 06/17/2009

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DONT STRESS EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT HE WILL HOLD THINGS IN HIS OWN TIME (TRY SMALL LITE THINGS )

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hi brittany my little boy is 7 months now, but i remember being surprised at how long it took for him to interact and do more than even bat at 'newborn' or simle toys and rattles. it also seemed to take him a long time to unclench his fists, but i've realised now that it's completely normal and that i probably expected too much from him! give it another month or two, around this stage you'll notice things start changing really rapidly, and he'll do something new every day!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/17/2009

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My daughter turns three months on the 28th and she just started grabbing my fingers my other two didn't grab at toys until 4 or 5 months so don't worry as long as you interact with him he will be just fine

Julie - posted on 06/17/2009

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I think my son was at least 3 months before he started holding onto anything. And when he first did, it was just me putting it in his hand, and he would hold it for a minute or two without paying any attention to it. I think your son is okay, just keep interacting with him and giving him opportunities to develop new skills. And don't forget the great cliche: "every baby is different and will develop at a his or her own pace." =)

Julie - posted on 06/17/2009

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I think my son was at least 3 months before he started holding onto anything. And when he first did, it was just me putting it in his hand, and he would hold it for a minute or two without paying any attention to it. I think your son is okay, just keep interacting with him and giving him opportunities to develop new skills. And don't forget the great cliche: "every baby is different and will develop at a his or her own pace." =)

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